22:23 13.09.2017

Canada calls on Kyiv to fully finance public broadcasting to guarantee its independence

Canada calls on Kyiv to fully finance public broadcasting to guarantee its independence

The Canadian Embassy in Ukraine has urged the Ukrainian government to finance public broadcasting in full.

"Canada calls for full financing of the public broadcaster to guarantee its independence and modernization," the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine said on Twitter on Wednesday.

As reported, on July 6, 2017, the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine called on the Ukrainian government to finance the creation of public television and radio broadcasting in Ukraine at an appropriate level.

Board Chairman of the National Public TV and Radio Broadcasting Company Zurab Alasania said that the sum provided to the company today is not enough to launch a quality product. "We have four times less for production [means] than for broadcasting. This huge system exists just to maintain itself - it's terrible. We hope that the missing amounts should be added and allocated not only for the existence, but also for the changes that must occur in the structure and on the air," he said.

He said that by autumn the funding should be increased to broadcast the quality product.

On September 11, the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine expressed concern about the inadequate level of funding for Public Broadcasting in Ukraine.

In 2017, the public TV and radio company was supposed to receive UAH 1.2 billion from the state budget, but only 75% of this sum was provided in the budget - UAH 309 million less.

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