Russian toon channel gets renewed license

Controversial 2x2 must revise its programming

MOSCOW -- The federal service for control over mass communications has extended the broadcasting license of the controversial Russian cartoon channel 2x2 through October 2013.

The move follows promises from the channel's management to revise its programming policies.

The channel found itself in the middle of a controversy last month when the prosecutor's office in Moscow considered the airing of the cartoon series "South Park" as "disseminating extremist material."

In response, the channel voluntarily took several animated series off the air, including "South Park" and "Family Guy."