TV Centre (Russian: ТВ Центр, romanized: TV Tsentr; formerly abbreviated as ТВЦ, TVC or ТВЦ-Москва, TVC-Moskva - "TVC Moscow") is a state-run Russia TV station with the fourth largest coverage area in Russia, after Channel One, Russia-1 and NTV.
It is owned by the administration of the city of Moscow and is dedicated to programming that highlights various aspects of Moscow life. The channel airs across Russian territory, its first broadcast on 14 February 1956 - the 4th television station to be opened in the Soviet Union.
The channel was launched in June 1997 and until 2005 was run by Oleg Poptsov (the founding father of VGTRK and its chairman in 1990-96). Faithfully reflecting the official line of the former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, a onetime rival of Vladimir Putin who later became a supporter, the TV station airs extensive interviews with the mayor and his associates.
JSC "TV Center" is one of the leading Russian television companies, which began broadcasting on June 1997. Since 2013, TV Center has been part of the first multiplex - the top ten all-Russian compulsory public television channels.
"TV Center" is a federal television channel that talks about politics and the economy, the social sphere and international events, science and technology, culture, history, and sports around the clock. Seriously, honestly and relevantly - about everything that worries the inhabitants of Russia.
The channel is one of the leaders in terms of socio-political broadcasting on the television space of the country.
Today, TV Center broadcasts are watched in all 85 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and its audience is approximately equal to the population of our country - 146 million people.
The international version of the channel is watched by residents of the CIS countries, the Baltic states, Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, the USA, the Middle East, and North Africa. Together, this is about 32 million viewers.
Programs and journalists of the TV Center are awarded annually at prestigious Russian and international television festivals and competitions. The TV Center broadcasts stars of domestic television - Alexei Pushkov, Anna Prokhorova, Tatyana Ustinova, Otar Kushanashvili, Kira Proshutinskaya, Roman Babayan, Vera Kuzmina, and others.
The audience of the "TV Center" quickly gets access to balanced information in news releases and high-quality analytics from leading experts, documentary projects, and sharp journalistic investigations. The children’s programs, classics, and novelties of Russian cinema, domestic and foreign series enjoy constant success with the audience.
General Director of TV Center JSC - Yu. A. Bystritskaya