Russia’s Original TV Output Down 12 Percent


MOSCOW: The seven major networks in Russia aired a combined 9,400 hours of homegrown originals last year, which is 12 percent less than in 2014.

The info, from KVG Research, covers Channel One, Russia 1, NTV, CTC, TNT, St. Petersburg TV and REN TV.

In 2015, entertainment programs and talk shows accounted for the largest share of premiere content, together amounting to more than half of the total broadcasting time for Russian programming. Compared to 2014, talk shows increased by 10 percent and entertainment programs decreased by 10 percent. Feature films gained by 28 percent, while the volume of TV movies was down by 4 percent. Children’s programming increased by 17 percent.

The total market value of the original Russian content broadcast on the seven channels amounted to 40.3 billion rubles ($624 million) in 2015, which is 9 percent less than in 2014.