Russia TV Channel (Russian: Телеканал Россия, Telekanal Rossiya) or Russia Channel (Russian: Канал Россия, Kanal Rossiya), is a state-owned Russian television channel founded in 1991. It belongs to the All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (VGTRK).. Russia Channel was previously known as RTR (Russian: РТР) or Channel 2 (Russian: Второй канал). Russia Channel has the second largest audience in Russian television. In a typical week, it is viewed by 75% of urban Russians, compared to 83% for the leading channel, Channel One. The two channels are similar in their politics, and they compete directly in entertainment. Russia Channel is the successor to the Soviet Second Channel. As of 2008, it is headed by Oleg Dobrodeev, who was a founder of the original NTV. Russia Channel has many regional variations, that\s why it broadcasts in
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