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ETV+ and Latvian channel LTV7 to air joint live broadcast

The joint project of Estonian television channel ETV+ and Latvian channel LTV7, a live program connecting the Russian-language state channels of the two neighboring countries will be broadcast live in both Estonia and Latvia on Wednesday night.

The joint program, which will be broadcast at 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday night, is the first cooperation project to be organized by the Russian-language wings of the two countries' respective state-owned television channels, ETV and LTV. Plans are in the works for a weekly joint Baltic television program in the future as well.

Guests in the Latvian studio will include MEP Andrejs Mamikins, physicist and University of Latvia researcher Vjačeslavs Kaščejevs, journalist and Meduza Editor-in-Chief Gaļina Timčenko, beach volleyball European Champion Aleksandrs Samoilovs, communications researcher Olga Procevska, former Latvian Minister of Education Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre actress Dana Čerņecova, Minorities Advisory Council of the President of Latvia member Jelena Matjakubova, political scientist Andrejs Berdnikovs and pianist Andrejs Osokins.

ETV+ will be hosting entrepreneur Tatjana Tolstaja, Golden Mask Festival chief Estonian organizer Svetlana Jantšek, Tallinn Deputy Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart and Protoron CEO Jana Pavlenkova.

The live program will be hosted by Aleksejs Dunda (LTV7) and Dmitri Fefilov (ETV+).

Program guests will debate the matter of whether Russian-speakers in Europe and the Baltics — representatives of Russian emigration — are in reality very similar to one another or whether that only appears to be the case. Together they will look toward the future and examine both their actions and their possibilities.

"Despite the existence of common issues, there has not been much communication or collaboration between our countries," said ETV+ Editor-in-Chief Darja Saar. "People whose native language is Russian communicated with each other even less. Topical themes, news, assessments of events in both countries — these came from others. Along with the introduction of Russian-language television stations, however, came a positive atmosphere for collaboration between journalists, wherein it was up to them to determine the course of the daily news feed."

LTV7's Russian-language Editor-in-Chief Olga Proskurova noted that sometimes it feels as though LTV7's Russian-language editorial staff has been friends with their counterparts at ETV+ for an entire century already. "I would be very pleased if our viewers became friends as well," she said. "Thus all that is left to do is to build a uniting bridge."

Latvian TV station LTV7's Russian-language editorial team began operating on Sept. 8, 2014; ETV+ began broadcasting on Sept. 28, 2015.

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