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International Investors Leave Media Market

Talk show in Malina.am Studio discussing the consequences of the legislation restricting foreign participation in the Russian mass media.

Roman Rechkin, INTELLECT-S: "The only real consequence of this legislation will be reconfigured control of the mass media market".

03.10.2014 | Malina.am

The Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's parliament, upheld the State Duma's bill which limited foreign participation in the Russian mass media.

According to RBK Daily, entities with foreign-owned stakes in their capital control 15% of Russia's newspaper market, while foreign-financed broadcasters hold 50% of the thematic TV channel market.

The geographical backgrounds of international investors is rather varied and include Germany, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Cyprus. A large share in the Russian media market is controlled by US investors.

Our comment:

Roman Rechkin, INTELLECT-S, special for TV-channel Malina.am:

An official ban is being imposed on owning more than 20 percent of a mass medium.

"An official ban is being imposed on owning more than 20 percent of a mass medium. We have many media where foreigners own more than 20 percent. They will have to sell their shares. Under the official pressure, and in the context of today's economic realities, the sale prices will not be very high. The only real consequence of this legislation will be reconfigured control of the mass media market."

Разговор в студии Malina.am

Роман Речкин, ИНТЕЛЛЕКТ-С, о последствиях принятия закона, ограничивающего участие иностранного капитала в СМИ.

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