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Television of Perestroika

Changes, taking place in a country, affected the late USSR television. Watching the TV after a working day was a daily tradition for soviet citizens.


Frame from soviet television

One of the most significant event for soviet television was the start of weekly program "The view" in 1987, at which several journalists - Vladislaw Listev, Alexander Lubimov, Oleg Vakulovsky and Dmitry Zaharov, discussed fresh and prohibited themes.

The program was made by the youth department of soviet television, and initially positioned as a youth program. Therefore "The view" demonstrated clips of European and American music groups. Such point did the program unique in the conditions of soviet audience of that time. Moreover, the behavior of anchors seemed to be new and informal. It is not surprising that "The view" became extremely popular.

At the same time began to air program «600 seconds» with talented anchor Alexandr Nevzorov (in Russian «Александр Невзоров»). «600 seconds» became famous for harsh reports, filled with frightening details.

More formally, the reforms in the country, were discussed at the program "Projector perestroiki" (in Russian "Прожектор перестройки").

In fact, the program was complementary to the officious program "The Time" (in Russian "Время") , and the focus of "Projector" was completely politically neutral topics, such as "lack of drinking water" and others.

The program "Musical Ring", with Tamara Maximova (in Russian "Тамара Максимова") presented to the public new artists. Some of that artists were symbols of soviet culture underground. This program has made famous such musical groups as "Time Machine"(in Russian "Машина времени"), "The Aquarium" (in Russian "Аквариум"), bit-quartet "The Secret" (in Russian "Секрет"), and many others. Performed songs were discussed by guests and musicians.







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