The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine is a constitutional, permanent, collective, regulatory body. It issues TV and radio broadcasting licenses, monitors TV and radio broadcasters’ operations in compliance with the media legislation, license terms and conditions as well as their technical standards, introduces sanctions for violators, manages the frequency recourse and elaborates the Plan of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Development.
From eight members of the National Council, four are appointed by the Parliament. They are Mykola Fartushnyi, Yevhen Baranov, Iryna Opilat and Viktoria Georgievska. Four other members: Volodymyr Manzhosov, Larysa Mudrak, Oksana Golovatenko and Liubov Bakalenko are nominated by the President of Ukraine.
As of January 1st, 2014 there are 1 636 TV and radio broadcasting companies and program service providers in Ukraine including 71 subjects of information activity. Among them there are such TV and radio licenses: satellite - 100, air - 536, cable (TV only) – 417, wire (radio only) – 269 and multichannel cable networks - 112. Also 703 licenses were granted for program service providers. During the year 2013 the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council held 40 weekly planned meetings and made 2 486 decisions.
In 2013 the main activities of the National Council referred to the development of television and radio industry in accordance with the Plan of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Development, improvement of media and regulatory legislation.
The considerable measures were taken also to implement the digital switch-over process. In accordance with the Plan of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Development the national digital network already covers 95 % of Ukrainian population and operates in MX-1, MX-2, MX-3, MX-5 multi-channel networks.
In September 6, 2013 the National Council was the host of the 4th Annual meeting of the Black Sea Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum (BRAF). Member states discussed the most important issues of regional media environment, such as the protection of minors in digital world and new media regulation.
Since 2000 the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council holds the annual contest “Teletriumph”, awarding the best TV broadcasters in various categories.
The Council supports the annual children’s television and radio festival “Kryshtalevi Dzherela” (Crystal Springs), the annual Kyiv TV and radio fairs, and other professional events. The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine introduced a government sanctioned Award for achievements in developing Ukraine’s TV and radio industry.
The National Council is also a member of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) and Black Sea Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum (BRAF).