Due to distribution of the Russian TV channel a TV service provider from Chernihiv region has to pay the fine
On the basis of the complaint received on the results of unscheduled on-site verification, on January 24, the National Council adopted a decision according to which a provider of programme services from Desna locality of Chernihiv Region, PE “TV and Radio Company “TELKOM” was issued a warning and received a fine of 25% of the amount of the license fee. Within 30 days, the licensee is required to pay UAH 2401.25 to the state budget of Ukraine and eliminate the violation.
On November 15, 2018, a complaint was received from a citizen Y.V. Larchenko regarding the retransmission by the provider PE “TV and Radio Company “TELKOM” of programmes that do not meet the requirements of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television and of the Ukrainian legislation. The Regulator conducted monitoring and unscheduled inspections to verify its activities regarding the existence of the relevant violations, which confirmed that the provider from Chernihiv Region retransmits programmes that do not meet the requirements of the national legislation and license requirements.
In particular, the National Council found violations of part nine of Article 39 and part two of Article 42 of the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting”, as well as paragraph 2.3 of Section II of the Provision on the procedure for issuing a license to service providers. “TELKOM” distributed 18 foreign programmes not included in the List of foreign programmes, the content of which complies with the requirements of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television and of the legislation of Ukraine, and 1 foreign programme (Russian TV channel “TBN”), in respect of which the Regulator decided that its content does not meet the requirements of Ukrainian legislation. In addition, the must-carry obligation, approved by the decision of the National Council, was not complied in full and also the licensee changed the total number of programmes authorized by the license for retransmission.
The National Council acknowledged the violations in the activity of the PE “TV and Radio Company “TELKOM” and applied a “warning notice” sanction to the programme service provider, and imposed a fine of 2401.25 UAH (25% of the amount of the license fee) for the retransmission of the Russian programme “TBN”.