Russian channel 2x2's license safe

Despite recent criticism net will remain on air

MOSCOW -- Russian TV channel 2x2, which recently came under attack from the country's authorities and religious groups for what was deemed "extremist" content on animated hit "South Park," will not lose its broadcasting license.

The federal commission for broadcasting has recommended that Rossvyazokhrankultura, a governmental agency in charge of granting and revoking broadcasting licenses, extend the license of 2x2, which expires Oct. 17.

Rossvyazokhrankultura has yet to take a formal decision, but the broadcasting commission's recommendation is normally decisive.