Quoting three sources, Vedomosti reports that the service, known as TNT Premier, was originally due to make its debut in April. However, it may now launch either at the end of the summer or in the autumn.
It adds that Gazprom Media had at first planned to introduce TNT Premier alongside its coverage of the World Cup. Its efforts are now solely focused on the latter, which ends this weekend.
Gazprom Media operates a proprietary sports channel named Match TV, while TNT is one of the group’s flagship TV channels.