PACE sees Ukrainian authorities doing little to promote public radio and television broadcasting


During a meeting with Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Monitoring Committee Co-rapporteurs, Hanne Severinsen and Renata Volvend, the Head of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine Edward Prutnik promised to accelerate the creation of radio and television broadcasting in exchange for technical assistance from Europe.

At the same time Hanne  Severinsen expressed doubt that the Ukrainian leadership has the will to give the green light to this process.

According to the Head of the National Commission on Freedom of Speech and Information Taras Petriv, the State, public organizations and key players on the media market have a shared vision of the prospects for public broadcasting in Ukraine and are ready to work on specific mechanisms for implementing such a project.

Mr Prutnik called the discussion with the PACE co-rapporteurs “constructive” and added: “the opportunities are there for support – technical, moral and financial. We have the motivation to do this as society needs it.”

However, Hanne Severinsen was emphatic in expressing considerably more cautious optimism. She noted that over the last few years the Ukrainian media had been half a year away from public broadcasting. Various branches of power had promised to do everything to promote its creation, but no further progress had been made. Ms Severinsen added that public broadcasting would become a reality only when all those involved unite to achieve a shared objective.

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