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Nationalist Gains Air Time in Television Coup

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov this month claimed most of Channel 3 television for his slick new mouthpiece, Center TV, but there was one fly in the ointment: hardline nationalist Alexander Krutov. With the backing of the Moscow regional government, Krutov and his Moskovia television company were able to resist Luzhkov's bid for a full channel and claim two hours of air time for themselves. The result is an odd mix. Squeezed in between Luzhkov's new packaged blend of infotainment and fast-paced news that competes with the other national channels, Krutov's two hours of programming offer a much slower pace. In brief snatches scattered through the day, viewers get a diet of provincial news, pastoral landscapes, folk songs, gardening advice and local weather reports, intertwined with strong patriotic rhetoric and Orthodox symbols.

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