CTC (or STS, stands for Russian: Сеть Телевизионных Станций, Seť Televizionnyh Stancij, lit. 'Network of television stations' (NTS)) is a commercial television station based in Moscow, Russia. It belongs to the CTC Media company. The company is owned by National media group (Russia) and VTB Bank (Russia).[2]

TypeFree-to-air television network
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
OwnerCTC Media
Launched1 December 1996; 27 years ago (1996-12-01) [1]
Former names1996–2000: STS-8
2000–2009: STS-Moscow (in the capital city only)
Since 1996: STS
Websitewww.ctc.ru (Russia only)
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 13

History edit

In 1994, Channel Six Petersburg (owned by then-current CTC Media StoryFirst Communications) began expanded outside St. Petersburg. Some local stations began rebroadcast that station: AMTV (Moscow), Zenit (Oryol), TSM Channel 10 (Novosibirisk, have been rebroadcast since the launch in 1991 but disaffiliated in 1995).

In December 1996, AMTV went into financial crisis, most of founders had left. It later joins StoryFirst Communications (at that time owned some regional TV in Russia). AMTV later joins those stations, leading to creating STS. STS was launched on 1 December 1996.

In 2002, Alexander Rodnyansky became General Director of the CTC. During the period of his leadership the ratings of the channel showed a quick and significant increase. 2006 - the best year in the history of STS. Then the average share of the channel's audience reached the highest level - 10.4% (audience "Russia, all viewers over four years").[3]

December 21, 2009 - start broadcasting international version of the channel - "CTC International".[4]

February 1, 2019 - CTC switched to a 16:9 broadcast format.[5] November 2019 - the HD version of the TV channel started broadcasting.[6]

Today STS broadcasts a mix between Russian productions and international programming of interest to its target audience, viewers aged 10–45,[7] especially younger audiences.

Approximately 100 million people are within STS's signal reach. In 2019, STS achieved an average audience share in its target demographic of 9.45%. It ranks as the sixth most watched nationwide broadcaster in Russia overall.[8] STS network reaches approximately 96% of urban households.[9]

Russian series edit

STS airs both licensed series and sitcom. Among original Russian series and sitcoms: Poor Nastya ("Бедная Настя"), Cadets ("Кадетство"), Daddy's Daughters ("Папины дочки"), Ranetki ("Ранетки", dramedy about the same musical group - Ranetki Girls), Kitchen ("Кухня"), Eighties ("Восьмидесятые"), The Junior Team ("Молодёжка"), Two Fathers, Two Sons ("Два отца и два сына"), Londongrad ("Лондонград"), Ivanov-Ivanov ("Ивановы-Ивановы"), 90's. Fun and loud ("90-е. Весело и громко").

In the 2010s, the number of licensed series decreased. The management of the channel relies on original Russian projects.[10]

Foreign films edit

CTC Media maintains shows European and Hollywood films, including those from Disney (which also includes Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios and Blue Sky Studios), Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony Pictures and others.

Russian films edit

STS Media participated in the shooting and promotion of many Russian films:[11][12] The 9th Company ("9 рота"), Piter FM ("Питер FM"), Heat ("Жара"), Dark Planet ("Обитаемый остров"), Hooked on the Game ("На игре"), All Inclusive ("All inclusive, или Всё включено"), Have Fun, Vasya! ("Гуляй, Вася!"), Ice ("Лёд"), Yolki 7 ("Ёлки последние"), Invasion ("Вторжение") and others.

Russian shows edit

Among the most successful shows to have aired on the channel:

  • comedy show - Good Jokes ("Хорошие шутки"), Thank God You're Here ("Слава Богу, ты пришел!"), Ural Dumplings ("Уральские пельмени")
  • infotainment - Galileo ("Галилео"), Movies in Details ("Кино в деталях"), Stories in Details ("Истории в деталях"), Infomania ("Инфомания")
  • children's quiz show - The Cleverest ("Самый умный")
  • style - What Not to Wear ("Снимите это немедленно"), Rogov. Studio 24 ("Рогов. Студия 24")

Animation edit

Cartoons from the collections of the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Discovery, Paramount Global, and others, make up an important part of CTC's daily programming. Every day a time slot from 03:00-09:00 (until 2012 - 14:00-16:00) is exclusively given to animated series such as Timon and Pumbaa, The Woody Woodpecker Show, TaleSpin, Tom and Jerry, Speed Racer, Aladdin, The Real Ghostbusters, Winx Club, Monster Allergy, Scooby-Doo, DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, Bonkers,Angry Birds Toons and others.

Foreign series edit

In the 1990s and 2000s STS's programming mix included a wide variety of popular foreign series such as Charles in Charge, Quantum Leap, Sliders, Kommissar Rex, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Charmed, Smallville, Heroes, The O.C., Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Nip/Tuck, Lizzie McGuire, Hannah Montana, Time Trax and Doctor Who.

References edit

  1. ^ СТС : О компании (in Russian). CTC-TV. Archived from the original on 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
  2. ^ "Холдинг «СТС Медиа» перешел под контроль банка ВТБ и Национальной Медиа Группы". Коммерсантъ (in Russian). 2018-12-28. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  3. ^ "CTC MEDIA REPORTS 2007 FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR RESULTS". 2015-04-01. Archived from the original on 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  4. ^ "International Version of CTC". 2015-12-25. Archived from the original on 2015-12-25. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  5. ^ "СТС и "Домашний" перейдут на широкоформатное вещание | Кабельщик". www.cableman.ru. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  6. ^ "«Орион» включил в «Телекарту» HD-версию канала СТС". telesputnik.ru. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  7. ^ "CTC Media выбрало дорогих зрителей". Бухгалтерские услуги. Бухгалтерское обслуживание и бухгалтерское сопровождение. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  8. ^ "Канал СТС обогнал по аудитории ТНТ впервые с 2011 года". Ведомости (in Russian). 2019-12-23. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  9. ^ "CTC". 2014-11-15. Archived from the original on 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  10. ^ "Вячеслав Муругов: Мы остаемся старым добрым СТС. Большое интервью". TVnews.by | Новости ТВ, IT и коммуникаций (in Russian). Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  11. ^ "Лавр 2007". lavrdoc.ru. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  12. ^ "«В кино все опасно»: как Александру Роднянскому удается зарабатывать на фильмах". Forbes.ru (in Russian). 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2023-07-15.

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