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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gazprom Official Named The New Head of NTV

The deputy head of Gazprom's informational policy department was picked to head NTV television Wednesday, a day after U.S. financier Boris Jordan resigned from the post amid reports that the Kremlin was angered by the network's coverage.

Nikolai Senkevich said in televised remarks that he had agreed to accept the post only after securing a promise from Gazprom not to interfere with NTV's editorial policy.

"I personally guarantee that there will be no restrictions on freedom of speech at this channel," Senkevich said.

He was shown beside Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller in a NTV office.

Miller expects NTV's board of directors to confirm Senkevich as the channel's general director within a month, NTV reported.

Senkevich, 34, is the son of the host of the long-running "Klub Puteshestvii" travel show on Channel One, Yury Senkevich.

Jordan, who is of Russian descent, resigned as head of NTV on Tuesday, less than two years after he took control of the network on behalf of the state-connected gas monopoly Gazprom in a boardroom battle marked by allegations of Kremlin meddling.

He said he could no longer fulfill his duties after being fired as head of NTV's parent company, Gazprom-Media, last week but refused to speculate on the reasons for his dismissal.

Some reports said the Kremlin was angry at NTV's reporting, including its coverage of last October's hostage crisis, when Chechen rebels took hundreds of people captive at a Moscow theater. The channel covered the hostage siege more aggressively than the two main state-controlled channels, Channel One and Rossia.

Other reports suggested the Russian government was trying to rein in media ahead of parliamentary elections this December and presidential elections next March. (AP, MT)