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The Moscow Programme (Московская программа ЦТ) was a television channel in the Soviet Union. It had a political focus and discussed events in Moscow. Now it is a television station broadcast by the Moscow City Government named TV Center.


The Moscow Programme was established in March 1965, as Programme Three, with a focus on educational programming. It broadcast from the Shabolovka television building in Moscow.

As part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution in 1967, the new television headquarters was established at Ostankino in Moscow. At this point, all central television programmes in the USSR emanated from there.

In 1982 Programme Three was renamed Moscow Programme, following Programme 2's upgrading as a national channel. Moscow-centric programming, previously aired on Programme 2 was transferred to Programme 3.

The Moscow Programme transmitted its channel over the SECAM D/K band. In the 1980s it also expanded via the Gorizont satellite across much of Europe and Asia.

When the Soviet Union dissolved in December 1991, the Moscow Television Company (Московский телевизионный канал, MTK) took over operations of this channel. It aired programmes from 2x2 in the evening. This channel became TV Center in 1997.

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