CTC Media taps Kartashkov

Will move into general director role

MOSCOW -- CTC Media Inc., Russia's leading independent broadcaster, has appointed Vladimir Kartashkov as general director of DTV Group, which the company acquired last month.

Kartashkov previously worked at one of Ukraine's major TV channels, 1+1, and before that held positions with Ukraine's NTN and Russia's NTV, RTR (Rossiya) and TVC. His main focus at DTV will be "soft rebranding" of the channel in a bid to make it a popular nonpolitical entertainment channel.

CTC also appointed Oleg Tsymbalov as DTV's financial director.