Channel One Russia Says “Nyet” To Live Oscarcast

Channel One RussiaThe unrest in Ukraine and Crimea is trumping the Best Picture battle, at least on major broadcaster. Channel One Russia said Sunday that won’t be showing tonight’s Academy Awards live as planned so it can follow the news of Russian troops being sent to the nearby crisis zones. Instead, the Moscow-based C1R will show the Oscars at 12:30 AM local time on Tuesday. “Due to the large amount of news relating to the situation around the autonomous Oscar_badgerepublic of Crimea and Ukraine, and the increased attention of the audience to newscasts Channel One finds it impossible for 5 hours to broadcast the ceremony Oscar, especially in the morning, when the maximum number has been broadcasting newscasts,” the channel said in a translated statement. According to its global partner International Media Distribution, C1R reaches 99% of Russian households and pulls a 19% share. It boasts 250 million viewers worldwide via its international network, which launched more than a decade ago.

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  1. Bah. They’re worried some actor making his/her speech will speak out against what’s happening in Ukraine, and want to censor that.

    Realistically I don’t think that’s likely to happen, though. Ukraine isn’t hip enough to be embraced by activist actors.

  2. We should all be speaking out. Putin should know that the world is with good people of Ukraine, not with his regime.

  3. Russian Government-controlled TV (there is hardly any other in Russia nowadays) censored its own live feed of the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, I don’t think they really care that much about Oscars that air in the wee hours of Monday morning when nobody’s watching anyway.

    Actually, if Hollywood/Silicon Valley stopped courting russian authorities and withdrew their products from Russia it would probably have a much greater effect on the locals than US/EU empty threats of some phantom “costs” and “repercussion” russian aggression against Ukraine would result in.

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