LTV7 and Estonia's ETV+ to connect Russian speakers in joint broadcast

Estonia's ETV+ and Latvia's LTV7 Russian-language channels on Wednesday are scheduled to air a joint broadcast between the two countries, connecting their Russian speaking populations. A weekly joint Baltic television program is planned for the future as well.

The live broadcast, to be aired from 8.20 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, will debate whether the Russian-speaking people in the Baltics and in Europe are similar to one another, and will offer look toward the future, examining both their actions and their possibilities.

"As when Vladimir Pozner and Phil Donahue introduced the USSR and the US to one another, so we, located a few hundred kilometers from one another, will be introducing Latvia's Russian speakers to Estonia's Russian speakers," said LTV7's chief Russian-language editor Olga Proskurova.

The broadcast will be hosted by Aleksejs Dunda (LTV7) and Dmitri Fefilov (ETV+). Streaming will be available on ltv7.lv.

Guests at the Latvian studio

  • Political scientist Andrejs Berdnikovs
  • Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre actress Dana Čerņecova
  • Former Latvian Education Minister Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis
  • Physicist and University of Latvia researcher Vjačeslavs Kaščejevs
  • MEP Andrejs Mamikins
  • Minorities Advisory Council of the President of Latvia member Jelena Matjakubova
  • Pianist Andrejs Osokins
  • Communications expert Olga Procevska
  • Journalist and Meduza Editor-in-Chief Gaļina Timčenko
  • Beach volleyball European Champion Aleksandrs Samoilovs

Guests at the Estonian studio

  • Golden Mask Festival chief Estonian organizer Svetlana Jantšek
  • Tallinn Deputy Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart
  • Protoron CEO Jana Pavlenkova
  • Entrepreneur Tatjana Tolstaja

LTV7 introduced partial Russian-language broadcasting on September 8, 2014 and Estonia's ETV+ Russian-language channel was created a year later, on September 28, 2015.  

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