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Putin Canceled Russia’s Live Coverage Of Oscars!

From Variety:

Russia’s Channel One Cancels Live Oscar Coverage

Leo Barraclough | March 2, 2014

LONDON — Russia’s state-controlled network Channel One has cancelled its live coverage of the Oscars in order to cover the crisis in Ukraine. The channel was due to show the awards between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. Moscow time on Monday, AFP reported Sunday.

Wow. Putin really is anti-gay. Still, maybe this will wake up the low information crowd in the Soviet Union Russia to the dangers of dictatorships. In case, they haven’t figured it out already.

In a statement, Channel One said: “Due to the large amount of news concerning the situation in Crimea and the Ukraine, and the audience’s rising interest in news programs, Channel One considers it impossible to air the Oscars ceremony for five hours, particularly in the morning.”

It added that the awards would be aired at midnight on Monday instead…

Still, you could say that Putin’s priorities are a little more adult than ours.

Russian media has demonstrated unwavering support for Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Ukraine. “Our propaganda on state channels is really running wild,” commented former economy minister Andrei Nechayev on Twitter.

What a shame they don’t have a free press like we have in our country. (Sarcasm.)

Channel One is 51% owned by the state, and 49% by private shareholders. The Russian broadcasting scene is dominated by channels that are either run directly by the Kremlin or owned by companies with close links to the government, such as Gazprom.

Just like in our country.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, March 3rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Putin Canceled Russia’s Live Coverage Of Oscars!”

  1. They’ll get more than a strongly worded letter from the MPA over this. (shakes fist)

  2. Right of the People

    They held the Oscars? I guess maybe I should start watching something besides Overhaulin’ on Velocity, huh?




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