CNN Obtains 10-Year Broadcasting License in Russia

Associated Press
An aerial view of Moscow, Russia.

Now the broadcaster can resume distribution, which was terminated three months ago.

CNN International has obtained a 10-year broadcasting license in Russia and can now resume distribution, which the broadcaster terminated as of Jan. 1, 2015, in the country.

"In accordance with the Russian Federation Law on Mass Media, the company is authorized to broadcast CNN International pursuant to the broadcasting license recently issued under this law," a Turner Broadcasting spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

"We have complied with all the procedural requirements and are delighted to now be officially licensed in Russia," she went on to say. "We look forward to resuming distribution for CNN International in Russia as soon as possible."

CNN said it was ending distribution in Russia last November. The broadcaster's move was widely believed to be triggered by a newly adopted piece of legislation under which commercials on Russian pay TV were to be banned as of Jan. 1, 2015.

This past January, CNN executives had negotiations with officials from Russia's communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor. After the talks, Russian authorities said the broadcaster could soon resume distribution in Russia, and CNN International applied for a broadcasting license.

"I welcome the fact that CNN has been closely observing agreements reached at the negotiations, and I believe that [the broadcaster] will be equally precise and immaculate in its content policy," Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zhukov was quoted as saying by Russian news agency RIA Novosti.