Russia state TV pulls plug on live Oscars coverage

Oscar will remain under wraps today in Russia as the state TV channel One cancelled its live coverage amid the Ukraine crisis. Photo / AP
Oscar will remain under wraps today in Russia as the state TV channel One cancelled its live coverage amid the Ukraine crisis. Photo / AP

Russian state television says it is cancelling live coverage of the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood because of the crisis over Ukraine.

Channel One, the most watched station in Russia, was scheduled to show the glitzy movie awards event between 4 am and 9 am Moscow time on Monday.

"Due to the large amount of news concerning the situation in Crimea and the Ukraine, and the audience's rising interest in news programs, Channel One considers it impossible to air the Oscars ceremony for five hours, particularly in the morning.''

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It said it would instead broadcast the annual Hollywood extravaganza at midnight on Monday.

A movie critic invited to be a commentator for the ceremony said he was told late Sunday that live coverage had been cancelled.

"They are gathering politicians for the morning programming,'' Yury Gladilshchikov, who writes for Moskovskiye Novosti newspaper, said on Facebook.

- AFP

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