150px, Channel One's eighth logo only from 1995 Channel One ( rus, Первый канал, r=Pervyy kanal, p=ˈpʲervɨj kɐˈnaɫ, literally First Channel) is the first television channel to broadcast in the Russia, Russian Federation. Its headquarters are located at Ostankino Technical Center near the Ostankino Tower in Moscow. First among Russia's country-wide channels, Channel One has more than 250 million viewers worldwide. From 1995 to 2002 the channel was known as Public Russian Television ( rus, Общественное Российское Телевидение, r=Obshchestvennoye Rossiyskoye Televideniye, ORT) or Russian Public Television.


When the Soviet Union was abolished, the Russia, Russian Federation took over most of its structures and institutions. One of the first acts of Boris Yeltsin's new government was his signing of a ukaz, presidential decree on 27 December 1991, providing for Russian jurisdiction over the central television system. The 'All-Union State TV and Radio Company' (Gosteleradio) was transformed into the 'Russian State TV and Radio Company Ostankino'. A presidential decree of 30 November 1994 transformed Ostankino into a closed joint-stock company, Russian Public TV (Obshchestvennoe Rossiyskoye Televidenie or ORT). The shares were distributed between state agencies (51%) and private shareholders, including numerous banks (49%). The partial privatization was inspired by the intolerable financial situation of Ostankino owing to huge transmission costs and a bloated payroll (total staff of about 10,000 in early 1995). Following the 1998 Russian financial crisis, 1998 financial collapse, the channel obtained a government loan of $100 million from state-controlled banking in Russia, bank Vneshekonombank. Also in 1998, the closed joint stock company was transformed into an open stock company. However, controlling votes on the board of directors remained in the hands of structures linked to then-Kremlin-connected businessman Boris Berezovsky. Thanks to this state of affairs, Berezovsky was able to preserve control over the channel's cash flows as well as over its editorial line until 2002. From 1 April 1995 until late 2002, the channel was called ORT (ОРТ—Общественное Российское Телевидение, ''Obshchestvennoye Rossiyskoye Televideniye''; Public Russian Television). It maintained the traditional programs and shows of the First Channel of the Soviet Television (RTO), such as ''Vremya'', ''KVN'', ''What? Where? When?, Chto? Gde? Kogda?'', ''In the World of Animals, V mire zhivotnykh'' and ''Travelers' Club''; the last two are no longer on the air of this channel.

Political coverage

In autumn of 1999 the channel actively participated in State Duma 1999 Russian legislative election, electoral campaign by criticizing Moscow mayor Yuriy Luzhkov, Yevgeny Primakov and their party Fatherland-All Russia, major opponents of the pro-Vladimir Putin, Putin party Unity Party of Russia, Unity. Sergey Dorenko, popularly dubbed as TV-killer, was a close ally of business oligarch and media magnate Boris Berezovsky (businessman), Boris Berezovsky. From September 1999 to September 2000 he hosted the influential weekly program simply called ''Sergey Dorenko's Program'' on Saturdays at 9 pm. This was especially heavy on criticism and mercilessly attacked Putin's opponents. In August 2000, however, his program criticized how the Putin government handled the Russian submarine Kursk explosion, explosion of the Russian submarine ''Kursk''. When Dorenko's show was in turn suspended on 9 September 2000, ORT director-general Konstantin Ernst insisted that — contrary to Dorenko's allegations — the government had not been involved in the change. Ernst stated that he yanked the show because Dorenko had defied his orders to stop discussing the government's plan to nationalize Boris Berezovsky's 49-percent stake in the network. Berezovsky claims that in 2001 he was forced by the Putin administration to sell his shares. He first tried to sell them to a third party, but failed. A close friend of Berezovsky, Nikolai Glushkov, was arrested while seriously ill, and Berezovsky gave up the shares and transferred them to Roman Abramovich's Sibneft with the understanding that Glushkov would then be released. This promise was not fulfilled. Soon after Berezovsky's withdrawal, the new ownership changed the channel's name to Pervy Kanal (Channel One). Konstantin Ernst remains as general director. As of 2008, Channel One's minority shares are held by three little-known companies, ORT-KB, Eberlink2002, and Rastrkom-2002. Their parent companies are domiciled in Panama and Seychelles and are managed by Evrofinans Group. The ultimate owner is still believed to be Roman Abramovich, who also controls the Video International advertising agency, the exclusive media seller of Channel One. Russian television media in the Putin era have been criticised for the pro-government bias. The critics charge that Channel One's news and information programs are frequently used for propaganda purposes. These critics contend that Channel One airs a disproportionate number of stories focusing on positive aspects of official government policy, while largely neglecting certain controversial topics such as war in Chechnya or social problems. In addition, some have argued that the station's news reports often blur the line between factual reporting and editorial commentary, especially when broadcasting stories concerning Russian government policies or goals. For example, during the 2004 Ukrainian presidential elections, many political observers believe the Russian government actively supported the candidacy of then Ukrainian Prime-minister Viktor Yanukovych over that of Viktor Yushchenko. In a 13 October 2004 news story, Channel One reporter Natalya Kondratyuk declared that "the Premier [Yanukovich], as a candidate, is adding to his ratings by working on the economy and by solving current social problems; he does not use slogans; he is not criticizing his opponent; and he is not creating scandals. Yushchenko’s style of campaigning is diametrically opposite." In another controversial example, on a 23 January 2005 broadcast, in the midst of widespread protests against a new reform of Russia's social benefits system (L'goty), a Channel One anchor opined, "you can understand, and should understand, those who went out on the streets, but you also have to understand that the old system has completely outlived its use." Later, in the same story, a reporter characterized those protesting against the reforms as political opportunists, adding, "criticizing the reform is good PR." A few days later, on 27 January 2005, as the protests continued across Russia, a Channel One reporter noted, "You can understand the elderly [protestors, but] repealing free [bus] fares was the last hope for public transport." Similarly, on a 12 February 2005 broadcast, a Channel One anchor declared, "The key question of the week has been: how are Presidents Mikheil Saakashvili, [Mikheil] Saakashvili [of Georgia (country), Georgia]) and Yushchenko [of Ukraine] different? At first, it seemed the difference was only in their appearance, in all other ways, they were like characters from the film ''Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Attack of the Clones'' for us." Critics of Channel One news argue that hundreds of similar examples exist where station news reporters and anchors insert editorial commentary into news reports, almost always to commend perceived allies of Russia or criticize perceived enemies. As of 2006, Vladimir Pozner Jr., Vladimir Posner, Ekaterina Andreeva (journalist), Ekaterina Andreeva, Petr Tolstoy and Mikhail Leontiev are among the most prominent political journalists of the channel. On Sunday, 28 January 2006, the Channel One news and analytical program ''Sunday Time'' (''Vremya, Voskresnoye Vremya'') hosted by Petr Tolstoy distorted the content of a speech by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko related to the Russia-Belarus energy dispute to the contrary by editing it and deleting some crucial words. According to a BBC News analysis by Stephen Ennis the channel has in its reports about Ukraine's war in Donbas "sought to further demonise and dehumanise the Ukrainian army". A 16 January 2016 Channel One news reports on a 13-year-old girl with German and Russian citizenship in Berlin who was allegedly raped by immigrants was denounced by the German police as fake. German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has accused the Russian government of using the alleged rape for "political propaganda".Russia having success in hybrid war against Germany
by Lucian Kim (7 February 2016)
On 26 February 2018 Channel One used footage from Multinational force, multinational military simulation organization Echelon International, attempting to pass it off as authentic Syrian Civil War, Syrian War footage.


Original programming on historical themes

Some of the television period dramas produced by Channel One were series criticized for low level of historical accuracy, for instance – ''Brezhnev (film), Brezhnev'', ''The Saboteur'', ''Yesenin (TV series), Yesenin'' and ''Trotsky (TV series), Trotsky''.

Cruelty to animals

The morning of 12 January 2008 on the program ''Health (program), Health'' (russian: «Здоровье») with Elena Malysheva about Guillain–Barré syndrome, in one of the sections a rat was Cruelty to animals, violently killed. Some of the viewers said, first, that this was intolerable in a program whose audience includes children and, secondly, it was contrary to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. In particular, some claim that viewing such violent and cruel scenes poorly affected the health of some children and people.


The main broadcasting center is in Ostankino tower, Moscow. In September 2008 the channel installed new digital audio mixing systems in their new state-of-the-art broadcast complex located in the Ostankino Television Technical Centre in Moscow. The new Channel One news facility opened in March 2008 and features advanced server technology with equipment from the world's leading television equipment manufacturers such as Thomson, EVS, and HP. Spearheading the transition of the renovated news facilities was Okno TV. Channel One began broadcasting a 1080i high-definition television, high-definition signal on 24 December 2012. Channel One can be streamed on the internet for free. However, due to copyright restrictions, it is only viewable by internet users in Russia. Users outside Russia will receive this message: "По требованию правообладателя запрещено к просмотру онлайн в вашем регионе.” (English language, English: At the request of the copyright holder, it is prohibited to view online in your region.)


Channel One has produced many films, including four of the highest-grossing Russian movies after the Soviet collapse, ''Night Watch (2004 film), Night Watch'' (2004), ''The Turkish Gambit'' (2005), ''Day Watch (film), Day Watch'' (2006), and ''The Irony of Fate 2'' (2007). It airs the Russian adaptations of ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'', ''Survivor (TV series), Survivor'', and ''Star Factory'', as well as many homegrown productions.

Original programming

*Children's ** ''Good Night, Little Ones!'' ** ''Ulitsa Sezam, Sesame Street'' ** ''Yeralash'' *Comedy ** ''Big Difference'' – sketch comedy ** ''Calambur'' – sketch comedy ** ''Oba-na'' – comedy *Cooking ** ''Gusto (TV show), Gusto'' *Drama ** ''Adjutants of Love'' – telenovela ** ''Azazel (miniseries), Azazel'' – Boris Akunin adaptation ** ''Brezhnev (film), Brezhnev'' – biopic ** ''Brief Guide To A Happy Life'' – romantic drama ** ''Catherine the Great (TV series), Catherine the Great'' – biopic ** ''Children of the Arbat (TV series), Children of the Arbat'' – Anatoly Rybakov adaptation ** ''The Dark Side of the Moon (TV series), The Dark Side of the Moon'' – detective series ** ''The Dawns Here Are Quiet (2015 film), The Dawns Here Are Quiet'' – war ** ''Deadly Force (TV Series), Deadly Force'' – detective series ** ''Empire under Attack'' – history ** ''Ex-Wife (Russian TV series), Ex-Wife'' ** ''The Fall of the Empire'' – history ** ''Hot Ice (TV series), Hot Ice'' – sports drama ** ''House with Lilies'' – period drama ** ''Investigation Held by ZnaToKi'' – detective series ** ''Klim (TV series), Klim'' – detective series ** ''The Life and Adventures of Mishka Yaponchik'' – biopic ** ''Mata Hari (TV series), Mata Hari'' – biopic ** ''The Method (TV series), The Method'' – detective series ** ''Moscow Saga'' – Vasili Aksyonov adaptation ** ''Nine Lives of Nestor Makhno'' – biopic ** ''Pyotr Leschenko. Everything That Was...'' – biopic ** ''Raid (TV series), Raid'' – detective series ** ''Russian Translation (TV series), Russian Translation'' ** ''A Second Before...'' – fantasy ** ''Silver Spoon (Russian TV series), Silver Spoon'' – crime ** ''The Sniffer'' – detective series ** ''Spetsnaz (miniseries), Spetsnaz'' – war ** ''Streets of Broken Lights'' – detective series ** ''The Thaw (TV series), The Thaw'' ** ''The Three Musketeers (2013 film), The Three Musketeers'' – Alexandre Dumas adaptation ** ''Trace (TV series), Trace'' – detective series ** ''Trifles of Life'' – telenovela ** ''Trotsky (TV series), Trotsky'' – biopic ** ''Wedding Ring (Russian TV series), Wedding Ring'' – telenovela ** ''Yesenin (TV series), Yesenin'' – biopic *Game shows ** ''All or Nothing (game show), All or Nothing'' ** ''Pole Chudes, Field of Wonders'' ** '':ru:Народ против (телеигра), The People Versus'' ** ''Slaboye Zveno, The Weakest Link'' ** ''What? Where? When?'' *Reality shows ** ''Fabrika Zvyozd, Star Factory'' – talent show ** ''Last Hero'' – version of ''Survivor'' ** ''Let's Get Married (TV series), Let's Get Married'' (Давай поженимся) – helping people find people they are right fo
Давай поженимся!. Первый канал
** ''Minuta slavy, Minute of Fame'' – talent show ** ''One to One!'' – talent show ** ''The Voice (Russia TV series), The Voice'' – talent show ** ''The Voice Kids (Russia), The Voice Kids'' – talent show *Sports ** ''Lednikoviy period'' ("Ice Age", Ледниковый период) – ice skating sho
Ледниковый период – 2
** ''Football Review'' *Talk shows **''Evening Urgant'' – Ivan Urgant's talk show ** ''Good Morning (Russian show), Good Morning'' ** ''Gordon (Russia), Gordon'' ("Citizen Gordon", Гражданин Гордон) – Alexander Gordon's talk sho
** ''Let Them Talk (talk show), Let Them Talk'' Dmitri Borisov's talk show ** ''Posner (program), Posner'' (Познер) – Vladimir Pozner Jr., Vladimir Posner's current affairs program ** ''Prozhektorperiskhilton'' – satirical talk show with Ivan Urgant, Garik Martirosyan, Sergei Svetlakov and Alexander Tsekalo ** ''Vremya ("Time", Время) – news program, on air since 1968'' *Other ** ''In the World of Animals'' – zoology ** ''Pesnya goda, Song of the Year'' – music festival ** ''Till 16 and older...'' – problems of young people ** ''Travelers' Club'' – travel ** ''Vzglyad (Russian TV program), Vzglyad'' – current affairs

International series that were broadcasting on Channel One

*American series ** Lost (TV series), Lost (russian: Остаться в живых, ''Ostat'sya v Zhyvykh'', "To Stay Alive" in English) ** Lie To Me (russian: Обмани меня, ''Obmani menya'', "Deceive me" in English) ** Ugly Betty (russian: Дурнушка, ''Durnushka'', "Ugly girl" in English) ** FlashForward (russian: Вспомни, что будет, ''Vspomni, chto budet'', "Remember what will be" in English) ** Boardwalk Empire (russian: Подпольная империя, ''Podpolʹnaya imperiya'', "The Underground Empire" in English) ** Body of Proof (russian: Следствие по телу, ''Sledstvie po telu'', "The investigation of the body"), the series premiered on 7 February 2011. ** Suits (U.S. TV series), Suits (russian: Форс-мажоры, ''Fors-mazhory'', "Force Majeures") premiered on 26 September 2011 ** Terra Nova (TV series), Terra Nova premiered on 27 September 2011 ** White Collar (TV series), White Collar (russian: Белый воротничок) ** Californication (TV series), Californication (russian: Калифрения, ''Califreniya'') ** Ray Donovan (TV series), Ray Donovan (russian: Рей Донован, ''Ray Donovan'') ** Bates Motel (TV series), Bates Motel (russian: Мотель Бейтс, ''Motel' Baits'') *Brazilian telenovelas ** Tropicaliente April – December 1995 ** Mulheres de Areia – 3 January July 1996 ** A Próxima Vítima July 1996 – winter 1997 ** O Rei do Gado 1997–1998 ** Anjo mau 1998 ** Avenida Brasil (telenovela), Avenida Brasil 2013 *Other ** Forbrydelsen (russian: Убийство, ''Ubiystvo'' "The Kill") premiered on 28 September 2011 ** Sherlock (TV series), Sherlock (russian: Шерлок Холмс, ''Sherlock Holmes'') *Japanese series ** Doraemon (russian: Дораэмон, ''Doraemon'')

Former International and Russian animated series

* Nu, Pogodi! (russian: Ну, Погоди!) 1969–1998 * Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies * Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983 TV series), Alvin and the Chipmunks * Challenge of the GoBots 1994 * Les Misérables (russian: Отверженные) 1995 * Widget (TV series), Widget Autumn – Winter 1995 * Andy Panda 1995–1996 (only in Muftfireworks (russian: Мультфейерверк)) * Woody Woodpecker (As "Woody and his Friends") 1995 – December 1997 (only in Muftfireworks (russian: Мультфейерверк)) * Monster Force 22 January – 7 February 1996 * Dog City 1996 * The Legend of Prince Valiant Summer 1996 * Fievel's American Tails Summer 1996 (in Muftfireworks (russian: Мультфейерверк)), April – May 2002 * Exosquad Autumn 1996 * The Pink Panther (1993 TV series), The Pink Panther 1996–1997 (in Muftfireworks (russian: Мультфейерверк)), 1998 * Orson & Olivia Winter-Spring 1997 * The Legends of Treasure Island Spring 1997 * The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 30 October 1997 – 29 October 1998 * Albert - the 5th Musketeer Autumn 1998 * Action Man (1995 TV series), Action Man 9 March – 23 April 1999 * Around the World in 80 Days (1972-1973 cartoon), Around the World in 80 days May–July 1999 * Phantom 2040 – 10 July September 1999 * Beast Wars 29 November 1999 – 20 January 2000 * Extreme Ghostbusters 23 January – 29 March 2000 * All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series 13 November 2000 – 2002 * Pororo the Little Penguin 2 December 2002 – 18 May 2009 * Fly Tales 12 September 1999 – present * Kaput and Zösky 14 June 2003 – present * Tayo the Little Bus 10 May 2010 – present * Cocomong 2008–present


* The Flying House (TV series), The Flying House 1992–1993, 1994 * Maya the Bee (TV series), Maya the Bee (german: Die Biene Maja) 1991–1993 * The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (anime), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ( ja, トム・ソーヤーの冒険 russian: Приключения Тома Сойера) 1994 * Topo Gigio (anime), Topo Gigio ( ja, トッポ・ジージョ) 21 November 1994 – January 1995 * Wonder Beat Scramble ( ja, ワンダービートS) January – March 1995 * Pokémon (anime), Pokémon 18 December 2000 – 3 September 2001 * Yume no Crayon Oukoku 2001 – 2002 * Ojamajo Doremi 2003 – 2006 * Ashita no Nadja 2007 * Chimpui 2008 – 2009

Walt Disney Presents

* DuckTales 1991, 1992 * Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 1991, 1992 * Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears 1992 * TaleSpin 1992

Management and shareholders


According to the inspection conducted by the Audit Chamber of Russia and initiated by MP Alexander Lebedev, in 2005 the channel had the following shareholders structure and board of directors: *Rosimushchestvo – 38.9%; *ORT Bank Consortium – 24%; *RastrKom 2002 – 14%; *EberLink – 11%; *ITAR TASS – 9.1%; *TTTs – 3%. :Alexey Gromov (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Press Secretary of President Vladimir Putin) :Konstantin Ernst (Director General of the Channel One) :Alexander Dzasokhov (then President of North Ossetia–Alania) :Galina Karelova (Chairman of Russia's Social Insurance Fund) :Mikhail Lesin (Adviser to President Vladimir Putin, former Mass Media Minister) :Nikita Mikhalkov (President of Russia's Cinematographers Union) :Mikhail Piotrovsky (Director of the State Hermitage Museum) :Ilya Reznik (poet, composer) :Alexander Chaikovsky (Chairman of the Composition Department of Moscow Conservatory) :Mikhail Shvydkoi (Chief of the Federal Agency of Culture and Cinematography, former Culture Minister of Russia) ORT Bank Consortium, RastrKom 2002 and EberLink (49%) are controlled by Roman Abramovich, while Rosimushchestvo, ITAR TASS and TTTs vote on behalf of the Russian state (51%). Владимир Темный (Vladimir Temniy)
Электронным СМИ – положительный заряд
(Elektronim SMI — Polozhitel'ni Zaryad; "The electronic media — a positive charge"), grani.ru, 20 October 2005. Accessed online 22 April 2008.


As of 2006, the Board of Directors of the Channel One consisted of: :Sergei Naryshkin (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Minister, Chief of Staff of the Russian Government); :Konstantin Ernst (Director General of the Channel One); :Lyudmila Pridanova (Deputy Head of Rosimushchestvo); :Alexey Gromov (Press Secretary of President Vladimir Putin); :Mikhail Lesin (Adviser to President Vladimir Putin, former Mass Media Minister); :Nikita Mikhalkov (President of Russia's Cinematographers Union); :Mikhail Piotrovsky (Director of the State Hermitage Museum); :Ilya Reznik (poet, composer); :Alexander Chaikovsky (Chairman of the Composition Department of Moscow Conservatory, Rector of Saint Petersburg Conservatory); :Mikhail Shvydkoi (Chief of the Federal Agency of Culture and Cinematography, former Culture Minister of Russia).

Eurovision Song Contest 2009

Channel One was the host broadcaster of Eurovision Song Contest 2009, announced in December 2008, in a press conference at the Main Department Store, GUM shopping centre

Channel One director Konstantin Ernst was present at the press conference.

Sister channels


Channel One owns some digital-only television channels (under brand ''Channel One Digital TV-family'', Цифровое телесемейство Первого канала): *Dom Kino , Cinema House — movies *Dom Kino Premium , Cinema House Premium — movies *Muzyka Pervogo , Channel One Music — music *Vremya , Time — 20th century history *Telecafe , Television Café — food *Bobyor , Beaver — lifestyle *O! (television channel), O! , O! — family *Poyekhali , Let's Go — travel *Karusel (in co-operation with VGTRK) , Carousel – for children


*Telenyanya , TeleNanny — for children;

See also

*Channel One Cup (football) *Channel One Cup (ice hockey) *Eastern Bloc information dissemination


External links

Official website

Official website in English

YouTube channel

Company Site

English Company SiteInternational Federation of Journalists Declaration of Principles on the Conduct of Journalists

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