Channel 5
ОАО «Телерадиокомпания «Петербург–Пятый канал»
Logo since 2004
HeadquartersVladimir Ilyich Electromechanical Plant, Moscow, Russia
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV) (launch in 2020)
OwnerNational Media Group
Launched7 July 1938; 85 years ago (1938-07-07)
Former names1938–1952: Leningrad Radiocenter
1952–1960: Leningrad Television Studio
1960–1991: Leningrad Programme CTV (Leningrad Television)
1991–1998: Channel 5
1998–2004: Petersburg Broadcasting Center
Links (Russia only)
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 5 (St. Petersburg), regional channels

5TV is a television channel based in Moscow, Russia. Alexey Brodskiy serves as the director general, with Ljubov Sovershaeva serving as the general producer.[1]


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Channel 5 succeeded the nationwide Leningrad TV channel dating back to 1938, which was immensely popular throughout the Soviet Union during the last years of Perestroika with such programs as 600 Seconds of its editor-in-chief, Alexander Nevzorov. However, later the channel lost much of its popularity. In 1997 its nationwide network was transferred to the newly formed Kultura TV, and the channel continued broadcasting for Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast only.

During the tenure of Governor Vladimir Yakovlev (1996–2003) the channel, then entirely controlled by the city administration and supervised by Yakovlev's vice-governors for mass media and PR, Alexander Potekhin (1997–2001) and Irina Potekhina (2001–2003), became dragged into political scandals around the city's political elites. In October 2006 Petersburg – Channel 5 was licensed to broadcast nationwide again.


Television Broadcasting Center of Saint Petersburg

The channel is owned by the privately held company National Media Group [ru] (NMD) (Russian: ЗАО Национальная Медиа Группа), a holding company with ties to the Russian government and Roman Abramovich.[2] The chairman (of a board of directors) has been Alina Kabaeva since 2014.[3][4][5][6] Olga Paskina has been the director general since 2016.

In 2010 approximately 72% of the NMD shares were held by the public company «TRK Peterburg» (TRK - Teleradiocompany, Russian: Телерадеокомпания Петербург) which also controls the channel.[7]

According to the owners the Channel 5 maintains its own independent news service,[8] but in reality, the state-owned media channel Russia Today has maintained control over Channel 5 since 2009 and its news programs are subject to the government's editorial decisions.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Channel 5 Official Website. Management (in Russian)". Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  2. ^ Censorship, Index on (2013-12-09). "A complete guide to who controls the Russian news media". Index on Censorship. Retrieved 2023-04-19.
  3. ^ "Совет директоров". (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  4. ^ "ЗАО "Национальная Медиа Группа" объявляет о приобретении доли в компании "Спорт-Экспресс"". (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  5. ^ Ведомости (2017-03-28). ""Национальная медиа группа" проводит ребрендинг и делает шаги для повышения капитализации". Retrieved 2018-07-27. С 2014 г. совет директоров группы возглавляет бывший депутат Госдумы Алина Кабаева.
  6. ^ "Channel 5 Official Website. About company (in Russian)". Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  7. ^ "Национальная Медиа Группа". РИА Новости (in Russian). 2014-09-15. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  8. ^ Editorial policies of REN-TV and Fifth channel won't be altered, October 22nd, 2009, by LenIzdat news (in Russian)
  9. ^ Harding, Luke (2009-10-16). "Dissenting voices to be silenced as liberal Russian TV channels come under state control". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-04-19.