's only national independent television station
. Airing populist news
like “O, shchastlivchik
" (O, You Lucky Thing) a Russian version of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?
.” They are one of the few critical
voices of Russian politicians
in Russian media.Recently (March 2001
), NTV said “NTV is your right
to the truth
. Come on Saturday," drawing thousands of protesters
to defend the station from moves by the state-connected
gas company Gazprom
its critical broadcast
s through a buy-out
. Ted Turner
is also trying to buy
met with 11 NTV journalists
on 30 January 2001
saying that the station
would remain “as it is," and that he likes the channel
, but he offered few other firm promises.
"I hope that we proved that we are united employees, a united team, and that either (they will) have to crush us all together or somehow work out another solution to the problem."
Svetlana Sorokina, a NTV talkshow host
"By not being afraid to criticise Putin to his face, these united journalists showed that times have changed."
Aleksei Simonov, head of the Glasnost press freedom defence fund