A COMPUTER hacker drove the Kremlin's new English-language television
channel off air today in a major embarrassment for the station just
two days after it started broadcasting.
Russia Today presents news from a Russian perspective and is designed
to counteract what the Kremlin sees as an unfairly critical approach
to Russia in the foreign media. Before going off air, it showed
reports on the new parliament in Chechnya and the Russian
constitution, but broadcasting was dogged by technical glitches.
The screen froze several times, and at least one news package was
played out of sequence.
"There was an attempted invasion of the computer system, which gave
rise to viruses, which led to break-downs in transmission," Margarita
Simonyan, the channel's editor-in-chief, said.
She could not say when programming would return - the channel showed a
tuning signal after it fell off the air - but said technicians were
working as hard as they could.
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