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Zvezda (TV channel)

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Channel Zvezda
телеканал «Звезда»
Zvezda logo.svg
Broadcast areaRussia
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Picture format576i (SDTV) 16:9
OwnerRussian Ministry of Defence (through Zvezda Armed Forces Teleradio Company)
Launched16 May 2005 (began broadcasting on 20 February 2005)
Russian-wide broadcastChannel 17 (DVB-T2)
NTV Plus (Russia)-
Streaming media
Channel Zvezda internet broadcast

Zvezda (Russian: всероссийский государственный вещательный телеканал «Звезда», IPA: [zvʲɪˈzda] (About this soundlisten), lit. 'The Star') is a Russian state-owned nationwide TV network run by the Russian Ministry of Defence. As of January 2008, Zvezda's CEO was Grigory Krichevsky, previously known for his work on Vladimir Gusinsky's NTV Channel in the late 1990s.


In 1998 Central Television and Radio Studio of the Russian Ministry of Defense wins the tender to broadcast the channel in the competition. On July 17, 2000 Zvezda channel is a licensed for broadcasting. On September 2001 broadcasting had yet started, while received a warning from the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media for a two-week period of correction.

On February 20, 2005 Zvezda channel first began broadcasting on 57th UHF channel in Moscow. Feature of the channel is to show programs on patriotic themes: information and analytical programs, as well as Russian movies. On the first day of broadcasting channel aired a documentary about firefighters, to May 16, 2005 broadcast was limited to the evening. On May 16, 2005 the channel goes to broadcast around the clock. In 2006 Zvezda is for the first time broadcasting in all of Russia. 2007 channel audience grew further, as it was included in the package of NTV+. Since 2009 Zvezda is a federal status channel. On 14 December 2012 the channel entered into the second digital television multiplex. In this case, the channel had only one position for the competition.

In March 2015, Zvezda offered a presenting job to Jeremy Clarkson less than 24 hours after he was dismissed by the BBC from motoring programme Top Gear.[1]


"Zvezda" describes itself as "patriotic" and is considered one of the most sensational and anti-Western news channels in Russia. It has a reputation for publishing biased news stories which favor the Russian government. It has published several controversial news articles in the past, for example:[2][3]

  • Finnish military provocations started the Winter War
  • Czechoslovakia should be grateful for 1968.[4] After this publication caused significant controversy in Czech Republic, Dmitry Medvedev disavowed himself from the article, saying it's not reflecting the official Russian statement expressed in 1993 or 2006[5]

During the 2008 pre-election debates on the Zvezda TV Vladimir Zhirinovsky insulted Andrei Bogdanov's campaign manager and ordered his bodyguards to "take him away and shoot him".[6]


  1. ^ Butterfly, Amelia (26 March 2015). "Jeremy Clarkson has been offered a new job but it's in Russia". BBC Newsbeat. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Dependent media – Russia's military TV Zvezda". 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  3. ^ Ilta-Sanomat: Russian TV channel falsifies history, Retrieved August 1st 2017.
  4. ^ "Zemana naštval článek o roku 1968 na ruském webu, hodlá se ohradit". EuroZprá (in Czech). 21 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Medveděv: Článek na armádním webu neodráží stanovisko Ruska". TÝ (in Czech). 22 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Разбейте ему морду! Пристрелите его!". Archived from the original on March 30, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2008.

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