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Russia interrupts broadcasts of European children's channels to show war videos

7 June, 2024 Friday
18:21

The Russian Federation is interfering with the broadcasts of children's TV channels in Europe to show violent military videos in Russian

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This was reported by Bloomberg.

The news agency has obtained documents confirming Russian interference in the broadcasts of European channels for children for months.

The article says that this was the result of "interruptions of broadcasts and even violent programmes sent to children's TV channels".

Since mid-March, at least three satellites of the French operator Eutelsat SA have been "seriously damaged", and the programming disruptions continued until mid-May.

It is noted that the broadcast of the children's entertainment channel BabyTV of the Walt Disney Co. was changed twice - on March 28 and on April 17 - due to the interference of the Russian Federation. Instead of the usual programs, Russian military videos were aired. As a result, the Dutch cable operator Ziggo removed BabyTV from its viewing offerings.

"The interference has been clearly identified as coming from large earth stations and should therefore be recorded and monitored by the Russian Federation authorities," the French national frequency agency said in a letter to the Radio Regulations Board, the international telecommunications regulator.

At the same time, a spokesperson for the International Telecommunication Union, the UN agency that coordinates the global allocation of radio frequencies and satellite orbits, announced that the reports would be discussed at the next meeting of the Radio Regulations Board.

"Eutelsat Group is fully aware of deliberate radio frequency interference from external sources which has had an intermittent impact on some services,” a spokesman for the French company said in an emailed statement. “Working in cooperation with the appropriate regulatory authorities, Eutelsat Group teams are fully engaged on this issue" 

Bloomberg notes that during its full-scale war in Ukraine, Russia is trying to disrupt various EU communications systems to test the readiness of the European Union and NATO.

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