This will be one of the results of the work of the public supervisory council, an advisory body composed of representatives of civil society. The group is supposed to oversee the channel’s editorial policy, suggest ideas for new programs and make sure its news coverage is balanced.
As of next year, Inter’s most popular pro-government political talk show with Russian host Yevgeniy Kiselev will be replaced by a new one with a more neutral Ukrainian Anna Bezulyk; an investigative program will be launched , most likely with oppositional journalist Mustafa Nayyem as a host, and a Ukrainian version of BBC’s Hard Talk show will be launched with a host who is yet to be disclosed, according to Viktoria Siumar, head of Institute for Mass Information and member of Inter’s public council.
There are many skeptics about this initiative, given the channel’s longstanding news slant in favor of the government. If Inter TV adopts a truly independent and nonpartisan news policy, it could have a profound effect on what the nation learns. The station covers 99.7 percent of Ukraine’s territory, according the channel’s own information and has the greatest share of national audience.