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Azarov says current situation with TVi is unacceptable

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Oct. 10, 2012, 8:06 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said that the worsening of conditions for the broadcasting of national television channels is unacceptable.
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said that the worsening of conditions for the broadcasting of national television channels is unacceptable, according to the media liaisons department of the secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers.

In a letter sent to the heads of cable operators, Azarov asked them to find an opportunity for TVi Channel to broadcast its programs in cable networks.

"Freedom of speech is a basic principle of democracy and the main factor in the development of society, and it's especially important to guarantee it at a time when citizens are deciding on their choice before the vote for deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine," reads the letter.

He said that everything must be done to avoid the slightest reproach against Ukraine that some political parties or media are somehow limited in their work on the domestic market of television products and the provision of television services.

"The government has paid and will continue to pay attention to the development of the media," Azarov said.

At a meeting on considering the issue of the rebroadcasting of programs of TeleRadioSvit Television and Radio Company Ltd. in cable networks, he proposed that the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting and cable operators review the principles of the formation of packages in favor of domestic broadcasters and prevent the worsening of conditions for the broadcasting of domestic television channels, including TVi.

He also proposed imposing sanctions against the unauthorized, in violation of the terms of contracts with customers and without the knowledge of the national council, withdrawal of television channels by providers from their program packages.

"We must deal with the fact to which the users of the TVi channel are drawing our attention. The issue concerns the refusal by certain providers to connect the channel to cable networks. I sent a letter to all who are dealing with this issue, including the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting, so that we could ensure the possible work of this channel," Azarov said.

The meeting was also attended by Head of the State Committee on Television and Radio Broadcasting Oleksandr Kurdinovych, Chairman of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting Volodymyr Manzhosov and Deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Olefirov.

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