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Ekho Moskvy Chief Editor Wants To Buy Radio Station

Aleksei Venediktov, the chief editor of Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy

Ekho Moskvy Chief Editor Wants To Buy Radio Station

The chief editor of the Ekho Moskvy radio station Aleksei Venediktov has said he was preparing to make an offer to purchase the embattled media outlet.

Venediktov met on November 18 with Mikhail Lesin, the chairman of the board of directors of the state-controlled entertainment giant Gazprom Media, the owner of Ekho Moskvy.

Venediktov told journalists he would have a proposal for purchasing the station "before the end of the current year."

Lesin said a verbal offer had already been made but he did not disclose any details.

Lesin on November 14 called for a vote of Ekho Moskvy's board of directors that could determine the future of one of the last independent media outlets in Russia.

The absentee voting by the board of directors, set for November 21, will determine the editor in chief of the station, the staff, and the broadcasting format.

Based on reporting by Interfax and TASS