Compared to 2002-2009, news programs became significantly less political by nature. At the beginning of the year of parliamentary elections, only every fifth news message is related to politics and the topic of 2012 elections is left uncovered.
The attention is focused on weather whims and resulting negative consequences in public utility sector and safety of roads and cities’ streets, as well as on conflict relations with Russia.
During the first week of February, only every fifth message in the news programs was related to political events in Ukraine. The largest share of political news was at TVi (37%) and UT-1 (28%).