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2014.04.10 11:35

Regulator asks prosecutors to check Viasat’s compliance with legislation

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.04.10 11:35

(BNS) The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) has asked the prosecutors to check whether Viasat, the biggest digital satellite television operator in the Baltic countries, complies with legislation in particular as it continues to rebroadcast Russian TV channels RTR Planeta and NTV Mir Lithuania, which have been subject to sanctions in Lithuania.

 (BNS) The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) has asked the prosecutors to check whether Viasat, the biggest digital satellite television operator in the Baltic countries, complies with legislation in particular as it continues to rebroadcast Russian TV channels RTR Planeta and NTV Mir Lithuania, which have been subject to sanctions in Lithuania.

The Commission said in a press release that it had applied to the Prosecutor General’s Office on Wednesday. Rita Stundienė of the Office’s communication department confirmed to BNS that the Commission’s application had been received.

Gediminas Galkauskas, spokesman for Viasat, told BNS that the company would make no comments.

A Vilnius court on Monday sanction a ban on broadcasts of RTR Planeta for three months. Somewhat earlier, similar measures were taken against the broadcasts of NTV Mir Lithuania.

According to the Commission’s data, Estonia’s Viasat, which is part of Sweden-registered international media group Modern Times Group, is the only one in Lithuania to ignore the bans on rebroadcasting of the above mentioned channels.

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