Government budget is to leave the Public Broadcasting underfinanced

September 19, 2016

2017 Ukraine budget draft, introduced by Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, provides 897,757 millions of hryvnias for public broadcasting system according to  «Financial support of National Public Television and Radio Broadcasting Company of Ukraine» budget program. Additionally 455,7 millions of hryvnias are provided by the  «Preparation and holding the Eurovision song contest» program.

Such amount of funding violates the requirements of law «On Public Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine». According to article 14, public broadcasting funding must constitute at least 0,2% of total budget outgo over the past year. Therefore, this amount must reach approximately 1,2 billions of hryvnias.

As reported, in August Ministry of Finance of Ukraine announced  providing 1,178 billion of hryvnias for Public broadcasting