The head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, on October 10 took part in the National Media Day in the framework of the country's largest media forum, All Russia. At a press conference, he answered questions from Russian media journalists.
Aisen Nikolaev took part in the opening of the National Media Day and in the award ceremony of the contest for Best Ethnic Media in Russia, signed a cooperation agreement with the Union of Journalists of Russia, and also gave a press conference for journalists of federal and regional media.
Starting a press conference, Aisen Nikolaev reminded journalists, many of whom are heads of regional branches of the Union of Journalists of Russia, that when switching to digital broadcasting from January 1, 2019, national channels will remain in analogue access, which will inevitably lead to loss of audience. We remind, for regional channels there was no room in the second multiplex, according to Nikolaev, the issue with the third multiplex is not resolved either.
“Today this problem exists in our country, we should not brush it aside. There are three national state television channels in Yakutia: National Broadcasting Company SAKHA, Yakutia 24 and Mammoth. Today, through the State Unitary Enterprise "Technical Center for Television and Radio Broadcasting" of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), they can begin to broadcast in digital, but due to the fact that the issue on the third multiplex is not completely determined, and the regional structures are not licensed, this problem still exists,” he explained. First of all, it will be just inconvenient to watch regional channels - it will be necessary to switch reception from the “digit” to the analog. Aisen Nikolaev urged media representatives to join a solution to a common problem, without delaying until 2021.
The head of the largest region of the country answered a number of questions from journalists of Sochi, the Stavropol Territory, Moscow, Tatarstan, Bashkiria, North Ossetia, Tuva, the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Jewish Autonomous Region and other entities of the Federation. Media representatives were interested in both the first decrees of the new head of the republic, and Aisen Nikolaev’s plans to change the socio-economic development strategy of Yakutia.
Responding to a question from Tatar journalists, Aisen Nikolaev said that Yakutia has reached a consensus on issues of teaching in the mother tongue: “If a child wants to study in his native language, he should receive this opportunity.” Il Darkhan shared his experience on how the problem was solved in the capital of the republic with the help of the adoption of a special municipal program.
The head also notes that in Yakutia they will keep the media of the indigenous minorities of the North. “It is necessary to preserve and develop the culture and traditions of our small-numbered peoples of the North, taking into account the peculiarities of their residence. I believe that just digitalization will allow overcoming the geographical dispersion over a vast territory,” said Aisen Nikolaev.
The proposal of the head of Yakutia on the launch of the "Cultural" Transsib" drew applause of journalists. “Everyone knows the Transsib railway, which unites the whole of our country, and we need to make a cultural Transsib. For example, within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum next year, it would be possible to start a train of Friendship with cultural figures, journalists, artists from Moscow to Vladivostok, so that they would give concerts and ‘Evening With …’ events. I am sure that it would give a lot for us to get to know our country better,” said Nikolaev.
The head of Yakutia noted that one of the priorities of the development strategy of the republic will be the development of a creative economy, starting from the film industry, ending with the development of tourism, IT industry, innovative industries, reported in the press service of the head of the Republic and the Government of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).