The A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications has opened an upgraded section on Television with support from RSCC and Tricolor TV

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The A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications in St. Petersburg stages a formal opening of a renovated exhibit describing the development of domestic TV from 1930 onwards

On 27 June 2014, the A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications in St. Petersburg staged a formal opening of its renovated exhibit dedicated to TV. Containing unique objects, the exhibit provides a vivid demonstration of the TV industry as it evolved from the 1920s through 2000. On display, one can see equipment for creating, transmitting and viewing TV broadcasts, optical-mechanical and electronic TV gadgetry, black-and-white and color TV program segments dating to the Soviet period, etc.

The section of the Museum dedicated to TV was set up with support and direct involvement of RSCC and ZAO National Satellite Company (Tricolor TV).

The formal opening was attended by O.G.Dukhovnitsky, Head, Federal Communications Agency; B.A.Illarionov, First Deputy Chairman, Committee for Culture in the St. Petersburg Administration; А.А.Sokolov, Deputy-Chairman, Committee for Informatization; L.N.Bakayutova, Director, A.S.Popov Museum; Y.V.Prokhorov, General Director, RSCC; A.G.Kholodov, Deputy General Director, Tricolor TV; А.А.Gogol, former Chancellor, St. Petersburg Telecommunications University named for Bonch-Bruevich; and representatives of the Russian telecommunications business, as well as the media and undergraduates and faculty of industry universities.

On behalf of the St. Petersburg Governor a message of greetings was delivered by S.M.Boyarsky, the advisor to the Governor and General Director of the ‘St. Petersburg TV’ Channel.

In his remarks, Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC General Director, said: “RSCC and the A.S.Popov Museum have worked together for many years implementing multiple projects, including the current renovation of the satellite communications exhibit. Today’s project is particularly significant for us because RSCC has also played its part in the history of Russian TV. Suffice it to say that the RSCC official birthday is celebrated on the day when, in November 1967, the national TV first used the Molinya-1 satellite to transmit its signal. Soviet viewers had their first opportunity to watch a satellite-supported broadcast covering the auspicious celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Great October Revolution. Then followed the 1980 Olympic Games. To support their TV and radio coverage from the Olympic Moscow, a dedicated Satellite Communications Center was built within the perimeter of an RSCC subsidiary in Dubna near Moscow, and satellites of the then new Gorizont-series were launched. Together with the Ekran satellites they were able to support a five-zone broadcasting pattern of the Central TV throughout the territory of the Soviet Union and transmit the competitions to the rest of the world.

Today Russian satellites deliver hundreds of digital TV channels to viewers in any part of this and other countries all over the world. RSCC makes its capacity available to leading domestic and international broadcasters. RSCC’s modern Express-series satellites and well-developed infrastructure are widely used to implement the Federal Target Program of digitalizing Russian TV".

Yuri Prokhorov and Lyudmila Bakayutova have expressed their high appreciation of the cooperation between their entities, thanked Rossviaz for assistance and support, and expressed hope that their near-term new projects would be successfully implemented. 

The RSCC and Tricolor top executives were given the honor to cut the ribbon and open the TV exhibit for professionals and the Museum visitors.