Results of the first round of monitoring for observance of Ukrainian language quotas on TV
The first round of monitoring for observance of obligatory quotas related to the Ukrainian language content on TV covered 36 national and satellite channels.
This monitoring was carried out by the National Council’s monitoring division by viewing more than 6 000 hours of airtime TV broadcast during the 6-week’s period. These data were cited by the Chairman of the National Council Mr Iurii Artemenko at the press-conference held on 26th of December 2017.
According to Mr Artemenko, there is an on-going round of monitoring of 210 regional and local TV channels, since the total airtime to be covered by monitoring amounts to 19 000 hours of content.
The results of monitoring showed that the highest percentage of the Ukrainian language content in the general entertainment and information channels segment was aired by “UA:First” (100%), “1+1” (83%) and “NTN” (75%) channels. The highest percentage of the Russian language content was aired by the channels “Inter” (63%), “Ukraine” (34%) and “ICTV” (26%).
Among the information channels, the leaders in the highest proportion of the Ukrainian language content were “Hromadske” and “Espresso” (100%), as well as “5 Chanel” (99%). On the contrary, such TV channels as “112 Ukraine” (21%), “PravdaTUT” (10%) and “NewsNetwork” (7%) showed the highest amount of the Russian language content in this segment.
In the segment of educational programming, the channels “Culture” (100%) and “Mega” (98%) gave the biggest amount of airtime to the Ukrainian language content. The highest percentage of Russian language programmes was noted on the TV channel “Esculap” (Aesculapius) (51%).
In the entertainment segment, such channels as “М1”, “ТЕТ” and “Novy Channel” aired 100% of the Ukrainian language content. As opposed to the channels “Indigo” (63%), “К1” (39%) and “Enter-Film” (35%), which had the highest amount of Russian language on air.
The absolute leaders in the actual volume of the Ukrainian language content in this monitoring round were the TV channels for children: “Pixel”, “PlusPlus”, “Maliatko”, that aired 100% of their content in Ukrainian, and the TV channel “LaLe” with 99,8% of the content in the Crimean-Tatar language, which is a native language of the indigenous community of the Crimea.
According to the Member of the National Council Mr Serhii Kostynskyi, the National Council will be able to conduct no more than 3-4 rounds of monitoring for observance of Ukrainian language quotas on TV next year, since it simultaneously carries out 24 different topical daily and weekly monitoring sessions, as well as off-schedule TV monitoring pursuant to viewers’ complaints.
There are 3 rounds of monitoring planned for 2018 which will cover 210 regional and local TV channels. This corresponds to 57 200 airtime hours that the National Council experts will have to view and evaluate.