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Mass media

There are 600 mass media companies registered in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra. 60% of them are print media, the rest are electronic. The weekly edition of the public political newspapers of the autonomous okrug exceeds 700 thousand copies.

The Okrug newspaper "Novosty Ugry", the state television and radio company "Ugoria", the Okrug television and radio company (OTRC) "Ugra" - are the major mass media in the region. OTRC "Ugra" is also the largest broadcasting company in the Ural Federal District. Its creative staff produces information and analytical, social, and educational projects and programs. The 24-hour channel is available in analogue, digital, satellite and cable formats. Its is known in many regions of Russia. Its potential audience is 3 million people.

Broadcasting zone of the state television and radio company "Ugoria"(VGTRK subsidiary) covers all of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug and part of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Ugoria's daily information blocks are available on "Russia 1" and "Russia 24" channels including their version in the Khanty and the Mansi languages.

The Okrug newspaper "Novosty Ugry" has been published since 1931, it is the oldest broadsheet publication in the Khanty-Mansiysk Okrug. The paper's correspondents cover political and public processes, work of the regional authorities and local government. This weekly paper is circulated in the territory of Ugra and Tyumen.

In addition to traditional printed media the Okrug also has two newspapers published in the Khanty and the Mansi languages - "Khanty Yasyng" and "Luima Seripos". Their audience is the indigenous population of the Khanty-Mansiysk Okrug, the publications cover a wide range of issues including problems of the indigenous population of the North, political, socio-economic, and cultural life of Ugra, as well as the life of the Finno-Ugric peoples, and the peoples of Siberia and the Far East.

The development of digital media started in Ugra in 1998 when the region's government set up an Okrug's information agency "Ugra-Inform". Beginning from 2011 it started publishing an online newspaper. However the content remained unchanged: prompt and unbiased coverage of public and political life of Ugra. The audience of this online newspaper consists of civil servants, businessmen, politicians and the general public.

Mass media of the Autonomous Okrug mostly focus on information and analytical materials and are, as a rule, supported by the government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug. The government sponsors "Media school" - an educational project the aim of which is the development and professional growth of the journalists. Best Russian coaches are invited to share their knowledge and experience with the Ugra journalists.

Forum "Information World of Ugra" annually attracts a large number of the journalists' community representatives and traditionally offers platform for meetings and professional discussions among the representatives of the regional media.

Numerous press-tours organized by the regional government contribute to building a positive image of the region. This is a kind of "travel to Ugra" for the journalists from the rest of Russia and abroad. Over the years the journalists representing both printed and online media from Japan, the Czech Republic, Italy, Rumania, Austria, and Germany participated in such tours. Only in 2012-2013 there were 8 such media focused events: Reindeer Herder's Day in Kogalym and Saranpaul, “Crow Festival” in Khanty-Mansiysk, Sabantuy in Surgut; press-tour as part of "Slavic procession" project agenda along the route Khanty-Mansiysk - Berezovo - Omsk, and the III Russian Student Games press-tour. Every year foreign journalists come to cover the International Ecological Action "Save and Preserve", and the "Oil Man’s Day" festival.