MOSCOW, November 11. TV company “NTV-PLUS” completed the acquisition of the assets of RTR in accordance with the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation about creation of Federal public sports TV channel “Match TV”. About it reported in a press release.
It is noted that the OJSC “NTV-PLUS” has closed a deal to acquire the Internet portal “Sportbox.ru”. Previously closed the transaction on acquisition of LLC “nst” parent media “Match TV”, as well as family of non-terrestrial thematic channels VGTRK: “Sports”, “Sport 1” “Sport 1 HD”, “Fight club”.
“The closing of the transaction is not a simple legal formality. Consolidation of assets is the most important step in creating a new national sports television and the formation of the sub “Match” as a whole, – said General Director of JSC “NTV-PLUS” Alexander Vronsky. – The Internet is a crucial medium for sports content. Therefore, we pay serious attention to the development of the portal “Sportbox.ru” and embedding it in a single information system”.
In June the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on results of session of Council on development of physical culture and sports has charged the government with “Gazprom” to create the all-Russian public sports TV channel based on “NTV-Plus” and sports channels of VGTRK. The head of state on July 16 by his decree included a new national sports channel in the list of mandatory nationwide public TV channels and radio channels. The channel is called “TV Match”.
The TV station went on the air November 1, 2015 and is broadcasting on the whole territory of Russia in analog format in the first digital multiplex. In late July, Roskomnadzor issued a new television broadcast license.