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2 items from 2004

Russian anchor fired for comments

10 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MOSCOW -- One of Russia's best-known television anchormen has been sacked after making a sarcastic reference to a former station boss during a live news broadcast. Alexei Pivovarov, a presenter of independent television company NTV's popular evening news show Strana I Mir' (Country and World), was sacked on Tuesday by channel chiefs within minutes of the end of a live broadcast of the show in which he made a caustic jibe about the station's former general director Nikolai Senkevich. News of his sacking was not made public until late Wednesday night. Pivovarov was presenting a news item about former NTV presenter Leonid Parfyonov, who was sacked last June after management pulled a controversial interview with the widow of a Chechen rebel leader allegedly killed by Russian agents in Gulf state Qatar. »

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Top Russian TV anchor is fired

4 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MOSCOW -- Leonid Parfyonov, one of Russia's top television anchors, was fired Wednesday and his popular weekly current affairs show axed by NTV after he accused managers of caving into pressure from the security services when they pulled an interview with the widow of a slain Chechen rebel from Sunday's edition of "Namedni". The decision to cut the exclusive interview with Malika Yandarbiyev -- whose husband, a former Chechen rebel leader, was killed earlier this year in Qatar, allegedly by Russian agents -- set Parfyonov off. He gave a series of media interviews Monday and Tuesday identifying the move as the work of the KGB successor body, the Federal Security Service. »

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2 items from 2004

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