Eutelsat is ready to immediately stop the rebroadcasting of the Russian channels RTR Planeta and Rossiya 24 on its satellites on June 25.
Speaking to Broadband TV News, the company said that as part of the sixth package of sanctions in the audiovisual sector against Russia, it is aware of EU Regulation 2022/879 banning three major Russian public broadcasters from being broadcast. It will therefore act as soon as the implementing act is adopted by the Council of the EU.
It added that it is firmly committed to neutrality. Furthermore, it has always strictly enforced the EU measures on the broadcasting of Russian channels. For example, it stopped the broadcasting of the Russia Today channel as soon as the European Council Regulation announcing sanctions against the channel was published on March 1.
As previously reported by Broadband TV News, Eutelsat has said it is complying with the law by continuing to distribute Russian channels on the NTV-Plus and Tricolor and DTH platforms.
Its stance has been the subject of criticism – see Chris Dziadul Reports.