Television is the most popular leisure pastime in Russia. Several
television channels are in operation: "Ostankino". "Russian
Channel", "Independent TV Channel - NTV". Besides them there are
local TV channels and local commercial TV channels in big cities and republics
TV services provide programmes of general interest such as light
entertainment, sport, current affairs, serious drama, music. There are
programmes on arts, children's and family programmes, interview with
outstanding personalities, news reports covering international, national and
Much attention is paid to foreign films, American in particular,
foreign TV programmes and soap operas.
Television is one of the most popular mass media in Britain. Some
96 per cent of population have television in their homes. It is estimated that
about 10 per cent of household have two or more sets. Average viewing time per person
is over 17 hours a week.
Four television channels are in operation: BBC-1. BBC-2. ITV.
The BBC has been providing regular television broadcasts since
1936. BBC television productions come from main studios at the Television
Centre in west London and other studios in various parts of London.
The first regular independent television broadcast began in
London in 1955. Independent television programmes are produced at 18 studio
centres throughout the country.
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