OREANDA-NEWS. On May 16, 2008 CTC Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTCM), Russia's leading independent media company, announced that Vladimir Kartashkov has been appointed General Director of DTV Group, reported the press-centre of CTC Media.

With more than 12 years of television broadcasting experience, Vladimir Kartashkov was most recently responsible for news, social and political broadcasting on Channel "1+1" in the Ukraine. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Kartashkov was the general producer on the popular Ukraine channel NTN. In addition, he has worked at a number of Russia's national free-to-air television channels, including NTV, RTR (Rossiya) and TVC.

The Company also announced the appointment of Oleg Tsymbalov as DTV's Financial Director. Mr. Tsymbalov most recently served as Financial Director at COMCOR, a company that owns the Moscow fiber-optic network. Mr. Tsymbalov graduated from Russian Academy of Economics with a degree in Economics in 1998. He was born on November 22, 1975 in Potsdam, Germany.

Commenting on his appointment, Vladimir Kartashkov said, "I am excited and honored to join the CTC Media team and serve as General Director of DTV Group. Through our collaborative efforts, I hope to make DTV an even more attractive premium channel for our male audience and advertisers alike."

Alexander Rodnyansky, Chief Executive Officer of CTC Media, commented, "Vladimir Kartashkov possesses a strong business acumen and is recognized by the television industry as a proven and effective manager. He has a comprehensive understanding of the captivating television programming male audiences are seeking which is evidenced by his previous management experience in serving this target demographic. I am confident that Vladimir and Oleg Tsymbalov, who brings an extensive financial background, will successfully handle the ambitious tasks associated with re-launching DTV and strengthening its market position."

Vladimir Kartashkov
Vladimir Kartashkov was responsible for information and political broadcasting of Channel "1+1" in Ukraine since 2006. He served as General Producer at Ukrainian channel NTN from 2003 to 2006. During 2002 – 2003, he was responsible for news department programs and worked as a documentary producer at TVC channel (formerly TV-6). During 1997 – 1999, he was a special reporter of the news program "Vesti" - RTR channel (Rossiya). In 1996 he was employed by NTN channel as the Chief Editor of "Frank Confession" and "Criminal Case" programs. During the previous six years, he served as a reporter, special reporter, and Deputy Head of News Service. He began his career as a journalist in 1991 at "Moskovsky Komsomolets" newspaper.

Vladimir Kartashkov graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University with a degree in Philology in 1991. He was born on June 1, 1969 in Dolgoprudny, Russia.