“Turner International is assessing its distribution options for CNN in Russia in light of recent changes in Russian media legislation, a Turner rep said in a statement. “We are bringing our existing distribution relationships to an end while we do that. We hope to re-enter the market in due course, and will notify our partners of any update about resuming these services,” the rep continued, adding, “The CNN Moscow bureau operation remains unaffected.”
In July, president Vladimir Putin signed a new law that goes into effect on January 1, 2015, banning advertising on all subscription channels. Russia’s Roskomnadzor told Tass news agency, “CNN shareholders should be asked about the reasons behind the stop of broadcast.”
CNN, begun in 1980 by Ted Turner, launched CNN International in 1985 and began broadcasting in Russia in the early ’90s. Since then, CNN broadcasts have been distributed there largely over cable and satellite networks.