Euronews sets up shop in Russia
27 January 2012
Euronews is continuing its international news hub strategy with the opening of a permanent office in Moscow, 10 years after the launch of its Russian service.
The move comes as Euronews seeks to improve its news offering by being “at the heart of Russian current affairs” during an eventful year for Russia, just in time for the forthcoming presidential elections in March.
The office will be lead by Alexander Shashkov, who has been appointed as news correspondent. His remit will be to keep on top of political and economic affairs, paying particular attention to events that have an impact on international news.
Shashkov’s career spans a variety of roles with Russian TV and radio stations including Gostelradio, RTR and NTV. He speaks Russian, English and French.
“Since Alexander’s arrival in 2003, Euronews has really benefited from his experience and his contribution to the editorial team,” says Euronews director of news and programmes Lucian Sârb. “Alexander will provide insight in the field, which is a great asset, combined with his understanding of European and international affairs related to Russia.”
The Moscow office follows the opening of Euronews offices in Brussels, London, Doha, Cairo and Paris. The channel is due to open more international hubs in the coming weeks.
Jenni Baker, London