Init fined EUR 150,000 for broadcasting Russian TV channel RTR Planeta
Lithuania's Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) on Wednesday imposed a fine of 150,000 euros on the cable operator Init for defying its ban on retransmitting RTR Planeta and other versions of the Russian-language channel.
BNS was informed about the regulatory authority's decision by its chairman, Edmundas Vaitiekūnas.
LRTK in February imposed a one-year suspension on RTR Planeta for distributing content inciting to war and hatred.
TV service providers had until Feb. 23 to stop RTR Planeta retransmissions in Lithuania. However, Init on Mar. 1 was still rebroadcasting Rossiya RTR, one of the version of the channel.
The Law on the Provision of Information to the Public allows LRTK to impose a fine of up to 3 percent of a rebroadcaster's total annual revenue or a fine of up to 100,000 euros if it is difficult or impossible to calculate its total revenue.