In the regions the volume of programmes in Ukrainan on the radio exceeds the quota by 36 percent on average, the volume of songs - by 21 percent - Національна рада України з питань телебачення і радіомовлення

In the regions the volume of programmes in Ukrainan on the radio exceeds the quota by 36 percent on average, the volume of songs – by 21 percent

In the second half of 2021, the National Council monitored the observance of the language quota by 148 satellite, regional and local TV companies, as well as by 238 regional and local radio companies. The Member of the National Council Maksym Onopriienko said that 16 586 hours of TV airtime and 5 703 hours of radio airtime were analysed during monitoring.

 Monitoring of TV programme services in the second half of 2021 was carried out from 1 July to 31 December. Compliance with the language quota was checked with regard to 5 satellite, 44 regional and 118 local TV programme services. According to the requirements of Article 10 of the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting”, TV companies shall provide a mandatory share of the Ukrainian language in their broadcasting. In the total day broadcasting of satellite and regional TV programme services the share should be ≥75%, of local TV programme services ≥60%. News broadcasts must be carried out by all broadcasters with the share of ≥75% in the state language.

According to the results of monitoring of the National Council, Maksym Onopriienko informed that nine regions of Ukraine, namely, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Poltava, Rivne, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, Volyn Regions became leaders with regard to the volume of the Ukrainian language on TV. During the day in the timeframes from 07:00 to 22:00 the volume of the Ukrainian language, including in news, amounted to100%.

The average percentage of the Ukrainian language on TV in other regions is also high. For example, in Chernivtsi, Lviv, Zhytomyr Regions, as well as in Kyiv, it amounts to 99%. In Kirovohrad and Sumy Regions – to 98%. In Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk Regions – to 96%. In Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia Regions – to 95%. In Kherson Region – to 94%. 93% – in Kharkiv and Zakarpattia Regions and 92% – in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. TV programmes services from Odesa Region managed to reach 90%, Donetsk Region – 89%. The lowest indicators of the Ukrainian language was recorded in Kyivska Region, its average share in TV programmes amounted to 87%.

The National Council did not recored any violations of the language quota on TV in the second half of the year. During monitoring of regional and local radio stations, the National Council checked the compliance with the requirements of parts 2 and 5 of Article 9 of the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting”. These provisions establish a mandatory share of broadcasting in the state language of ≥60% and the daily share of songs in the Ukrainian language of ≥35%.

The average share of songs in Ukrainian in the air in 24 regions of Ukraine amounted to 56%, that is by 21% more than required by law. In particular, the highest rates were recorded in the air of Rivnene Region – 82%, as well as in Sumy and
Ivano-Frankivsk Regions – 77%. Fewer songs in Ukrainian sounded in the air of Poltava and Dnipropetrovsk Regions – 40%.

The state language in programmes during this period exceeded the mandatory quota by 36%, its average volume was 96%. The highest volume of Ukrainian – 100% – was recorded in the broadcasts of radio stations in Chernivtsi, Poltava, Rivne, Volyn Regions. At the same time, the lowest rate of the state language was heard in the programme services of Mykolaiiv Region – 82%.

The violations of the language quota legislation during this time were recorded by the National Council in the activities of only one licensee – the LLC “ARTA PLUS”, the Town of Izium, Kharkiv Region (“Radio Class” call signs). The radio station did not perform the obligatory share of songs in Ukrainian – in its daily broadcasting the share amounted to 34.88%; in the period from 07:00 to 14:00 – 28.26%, and in the period from 15:00 to 22:00 – 33.04%. These violations entailed the penalty sanction for the licensee imposed by the National Council. It should be mentioned that during monitoring in early 2021, the Regulator also recorded the signs of violation of this legal provision by a broadcaster from Kharkiv Region.


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