Ted Turner's willingness to deal with the old Soviet Union when such ventures were not popular seems to be paying off.
Turner Broadcasting System yesterday announced plans to build and program Moscow's first independent TV station, in cooperation with Russia's Moscow Independent Broadcasting Co. (MIBC). Programing would include CNN, classic films from the Turner library, National Geographic and Audubon Society programming, sports and children's shows, most dubbed into Russian.
Revenues from advertising would be used to help develop Russian programming. Before the joint venture can go forward, however, it must first compete with other groups for a license, expected to be awarded within four months.
MIBC and Mr. Turner already have been broadcasting two hours of CNN International since May under an interim license.