MIP: Commission on ensuring stable operation of national television and radio broadcasting reported on the activities results
20 February 2017, the Commission on ensuring stable operation of national television and radio broadcasting reported on the results of activities.
Opening the press conference, the State Secretary of the Ministry of information policy of Ukraine Artem Bidenko stated: "We are grateful to the institutions, that together with the Commission engaged in restoring of broadcasting: the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defenсe of Ukraine, regional state administrations and other agencies. Thanks to their contribution, technical and donor assistance of our foreign partners, not many "blind spots" have left on the coverage map of the Ukrainian TV signal. We continue to negotiate, to attract more additional opportunities and to cover those gaps that remain".
Serhiy Kostynskiy, a member of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine reported: "Since the establishment of the Commission in March 2015, there was a development of broadcasting, no matter whether it was public funding or not. It won't stop us this year". According to Kostynskiy, over the last two years, no area has received such a number of frequencies, as the Donetsk and Luhansk regions: "We have focused our forces in the area of ATO and the borderline, where is a huge number of frequencies and broadcasters, compared to other regions of Ukraine. The largest number of frequencies for broadcasting received the Public broadcasting programs. Also, an important broadcaster is the "Army FM", which covers most of the "blind spots" on the borderline". Talking about the prospects of the Commission, Kostynskiy said: "We have big plans for this year, including, the development of digital broadcasting in ATO zone and on the south of Kherson region, the development of broadcasting on the "borderline" and at the border, building of new towers and full coverage of "blind spots" with a Ukrainian signal".
The Deputy Minister of the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons of Ukraine Heorhiy Tuka informed about the two major achievements of the Commission in 2016, namely, the establishment of TV broadcasting towers on the Karachun mountain and in the village of Chonhar: "Construction of a TV tower on the Karachun allowed to quantitatively recover the audience of viewers and listeners, which that tower had before destruction by the militants. Construction of a tower in Chonhar for broadcasting in the Kherson region and the north of the Crimean peninsula is a record in terms of the construction work speed. At the moment, a process of setting-up of the equipment is being carried out". Tuka also announced the Commission's plans for this year: "It is planned to increase the height of the tower in the village of Chaplynka to 110 meters for the development of broadcasting in the Kherson region and the Crimea. Also, funds from local budgets planned to use for increasing the height of the tower in Pokrovsk from 69 to 200 meters, and the construction of a 150-meter tower in the village Bakhmutivka to restore and develop the broadcasting in ATO zone".
Participants: Artem Bidenko - the State Secretary of the Ministry of information policy of Ukraine; Heorhiy Tuka - the Deputy Minister of the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons of Ukraine; Serhiy Kostynskiy - a member of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine.
Remind that on October 21, 2016, the Commission on ensuring stable operation of national television and radio broadcasting under the Ministry of information policy of Ukraine underwent reformatting: the new composition of the Commission was approved and a format of the co-chairs was proposed. Thus, the co-chairs of the Commission on ensuring stable functioning of national television and radio broadcasting under MIP are: Yurii Stets, the Minister of information policy of Ukraine; Vadym Chernysh, the Minister of temporarily occupied territories and IDPs; Yurii Artemenko, the Chairman of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine.
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