The Verkhovna Rada supported the language quotas for television and radio programs

For TV and radio broadcasting organizations of the national broadcasting category, the quota of programs or films in Ukrainian should be at least 75% during the day in each of the time intervals from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This is stated in the Draft Law “On Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine on the Language of Audiovisual (Electronic) Mass Media” No. 5313, which was adopted today by the Verkhovna in principle.

The Draft Law proposes:

– to establish that for TV and radio broadcasting organizations of the national broadcasting category, the quota of programs and/or films in Ukrainian language should be at least 75% during the day in each of the time intervals from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.;

– to establish a mandatory quota at the level of 50% for the respective TV organizations of regional and local categories of speech;

– to establish an obligatory quota of news broadcasts in the state language, namely, no less than 75% of the total duration of all news broadcasts in each of the time period from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. by the separate draft law;

– clarifying that the program is considered to be performed in Ukrainian language, if all the speeches of the broadcasters are exclusively in Ukrainian. However, it is allowed to use without duplicating and sounding reports from the places of events that are not accompanied by presenter’s commentaries or other text, broadcasts of the shows of invited participants in the program (guests), as well as musical works.

These mandatory quotas of the broadcasts in the state language relate only to television and radio organizations, which, in accordance with the terms of licenses, carry out broadcasting and multi-channel (digital) broadcasting using radio frequency resources.

The initiators of the Draft Law believe that its adoption will contribute to the protection of national interests, as well as to alleviate the social tension caused by the use of Russian language in the production of television programs, taking into account the ongoing armed conflict in the East of Ukraine.

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