Perspective on the reported sale of YUTV

Since yesterday’s reports – deriving from Vedomosti – that Russian TV media group YUTV is up for sale (YUTV was formed as recently as 2010 by the merger of assets of Media-1 and AF media Holding groups and is owned by Alisher Usmanov and Ivan Tavrin respectively) there has been no comment or press releases or statements of any kind from YUTV or VTB.

In the absence of any such official line, IP&TV News sought out Alla Shabelnikova, Research Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media, for her perspective on the reports. “It makes sense,” she observes, “as the TV market in Russia is slowing down and Tavrin has been heavily involved in MegaFon since being appointed as a CEO. MegaFon set a goal of 1 million LTE subscribers by the end of this year and there seems to be a lot of development activity taking place regarding MegaFon’s future strategy.”


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