Radio stations comply with the requirements of the legislation on the share of Ukrainian-language songs and the language of broadcasting
In September this year, the National Council monitored 15 national radio stations with regard to broadcasting of songs in the Ukrainian language, in the official languages of the European Union, as well as programmes hosting in the state language. The Member of the National Council Mrs Olena Nitsko presented the results of this monitoring before the regular meeting of the Regulator on 8 October.
According to the legislation, the monitoring was carried out in the 24-hour regime, the indicators of monitoring were also measured form 07:00 am to 02:00 pm and from 03:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Musical works without text accompaniment, which were broadcast during the day, were not included in the total share of songs. In order to obtain complete data during the monitoring, both the share of Ukrainian-language songs in their total number of songs and the share of songs in the total timing of songs were recorded. In addition, Ukrainian-language songs with the timing of less than 90 seconds were recorded.
During the day and at certain intervals of time, the share of songs in the Ukrainian language in accordance with part two of Article 9 of the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting” must be at least 35%. Part five of Article 9 of this Law stipulates that TV and radio organizations provide at least 60 percent of the daily volume of programmes in the state language when broadcasting. Radio stations that broadcast at least 60% of their music in the official languages of the European Union are required to provide at least 25% of the total number of songs in the official language.
The results of the monitoring of the National Council show that national radio stations meet the requirements set by law.
The stations which broadcast more than 60% of music in the official languages of the European Union – “Melody”, “Kiss FM” and “Hit FM” – also ensure compliance with these quotas.
Mrs Olena Nitsko wished the broadcasters to continue to diligently adhere to the legal provisions on the issue of broadcasting songs and programmes in the Ukrainian language. She emphasized that this aspect of the performance of broadcasters remains very important for the society. Therefore, it closely monitors how the media implement these rules of law. For its part, the National Council also regularly monitors compliance with language quotas.
The regulator is always open to provide any advisory support to licensees in this regard.