LTV to step up checks after Russia Today interview broadcast from studio

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The studio of Latvian Television (LTV) was last week used to broadcast an interview of the state-controlled Russia Today broadcaster, the Latvian Television News Service said on social media.

LTV management and the LTV News Service claim that they did not know about the event.

LTV News Service said on Facebook that there have been several cases when studios and equipment are leased for the needs of the European Broadcasting Union as well as other public televisions and partners. But services like these were last offered several years ago.

Nevertheless, last week an interview with the Kremlin TV channel Russia Today was broadcast from LTV studios. 

The story is an interview with Jānis Jurkāns, Latvia's former Foreign Minister (1990–1992) and a controversial figure known for his support of the occupation of Crimea by Russia. 

LTV stresses that allowing Russia Today broadcasts using LTV space and equipment is not acceptable at a time when it's vital to strengthen and defend the Latvian information space.

The responsible employee has been asked to report, and checks are to be set in place to prevent cases of unwanted third parties using LTV services. 

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