Lithuania’s Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) has decided to suspend the reception of the Russian channel RTR Planeta for a period of 12 months.
The speaker of Lithuania’s parliament (Seimas) has said it is necessary to prevent hostile propaganda and illegal TV content distribution in the country.
Revenues from Lithuania’s audiovisual media services market amounted to €58.828 million in the first half of this year.
Although consumer tolerance of illegal broadcasting is fairly low in Lithuania, around 4.7% of households still receive pirated TV services.
There are now 732,000 pay-TV homes in Lithuania, with cable accounting for 60% of the total, according to Juozas Jurelionis, VP and director of the Lithuanian Cable TV Association (LKTA).