“Vesti-Moscow”: 20 years on the air

When the first episode of the program aired on February 12, 2001 “Vesti-Moscow”, the format of city news on Russian television has not yet been. At first, I had to look for myself, but very soon, thanks to correspondents, editors, producers, cameramen, directors, everyone involved in the filming process, the program had its own language, its own view of what was happening in the capital region.

Once something extraordinary is happening in the frame, it is immediately clear: on the air of “Vesti-Moscow”! But initially there was no goal to shock the viewer. 20 years ago on the TV channel “Russia” started an experiment – small news of a huge metropolis

“The task was very simple – to tell people about their relatives, neighbors who live in the same city, who have some problems, to try to help solve these problems. Already in the first year, as far as I remember, Vesti-Moskva received TEFI as the best news program. We were incredibly lucky with the leader who gathered a team of people who were not afraid to experiment, “recalls TV presenter Mikhail Zelensky.

“Every person has the right to do what is required of him! To the extent that it is necessary and with the intensity that the present moment demands of us!” – said the first head of the Vesti-Moscow program, Vladimir Luskanov.

It was like letting a genie out of a bottle. After all, there were no urban social networks, no video bloggers, no official Internet portals. The famous special correspondent Alexander Rogatkin started in Vesti-Moscow, the first test of the pen – the case of cabbage!

“Together with the program, I learned to love this city, to recognize it, some historical places. Well, I probably had to be a generalist, because today you shoot in the operating room, tomorrow you shoot in the basement, the day after tomorrow you shoot in the subway. it was incredibly interesting! ” – says the VGTRK special correspondent Alexander Rogatkin.

The first investigation was devoted to the dismantling of Mukhina’s sculpture at VDNKh. Correspondents even called a fire truck with a cradle to look into the eyes of a worker and a collective farmer.
A great achievement in due time was the appearance of such guests as, for example, Don King, Karla Bruni. In the meantime, Mikhail experimented with the wife of the then President of France, the reporters were solving the problems of the townspeople, day and night, in the sky and underground. They helped the defrauded real estate investors. They fought with “black realtors” and careless officials. They defended the historical heritage of the capital. Polina Ermolaeva, a well-known cultural observer for Vesti, started out as a simple reporter for Vesti-Moscow, who had no idea what she was about to plunge into. Her first working day was devoted to dead fish in the Ichka River, before that routes were limited to the clatter of heels from the studio to the dressing room and back. But the correspondents were young, in love with each other, in the profession, and they had an original leader in the world.

It was Polina Ermolaeva that Muscovites owe to the rescue of the Central House of Artists and the Muzeon Park, which were sentenced by the then city authorities to demolition for the sake of commercial development. Of course, the appearance of the city has changed over the years. And Vesti-Moscow has always served as a platform for discussing these changes. The fact that today Moscow has entered the five best megacities in the world and looks like a fashionable European city, there is a considerable share of the work of the Vesti-Moscow team. For example, on the site of the Zaryadye Park, which has become a real pearl of the center of the capital, 20 years ago, the gloomy hulk of the Rossiya Hotel in the style of Soviet modernism towered. The coverage of the discussion about the fate of Zaryadye led to the fact that it was not given for construction with commercial boxes, but an amazing public space was equipped. 20 years ago, on the site of “Moscow City” there was a dusty foundation pit instead of the demolished “Khrushchevs” and industrial zones. The grandiose business center of the capital began in 2005 with the laying of the first cube of concrete in the foundation of the Federation Tower, in which the Vesti-Moscow program was directly involved.

The work of Vesti-Moscow journalists has been awarded several times.

“Over the years, an amazing team of journalists and cameramen has formed, who are always at the forefront, always with Muscovites … Both on my own behalf and on behalf of all Muscovites, I say many thanks to the team and wish you health and success,” Moscow Mayor Sergei congratulated the team Sobyanin.

Today, at the forefront, it is in hospitals for patients with covid, risking themselves every day. When the first patients arrive, you have to leave the red zone and stop filming.


Source: Вести.Ru by www.vesti.ru.

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