For the first time in Ukraine’s history, journalists from UT-1 and elsewhere will carry out the debates, along with representatives of civil society, students and volunteers. A lottery will determine how the candidates will be paired for the debates.
Hosting actual, transparent debates is a brand new (and welcome) development at the clumsy, publicly-financed company that used to epitomize corruption, crony management and a skewed, Soviet-style information policy.
Slowly, things are starting to change there. Apart from the old faces, some air time has been given to journalists from Hromadske.tv – a young startup that broadcast the EuroMaidan Revolution live online for more than three months. Hooded and T-shirted, they look out of place on UT-1, which was basically a tool of government propaganda after the breakup of the Soviet Union.