Ukraine’s National Council has issued a “warning announcement” to the broadcaster Inter Media Group.
In a statement, the regulator says this follows unscheduled inspections of the channels Inter, NTN, TRK Music TV (Pixel TV) and Kino TV (Enter Film) that showed them to be violating the broadcast law. This requires stations to allocate at least 70% of their weekly output to European, US and Canadian and not less than 50% to Ukrainian productions.
In the case of Inter, one of the country’s leading TV channels, the weekly share of its European, US and Canadian productions was only 57%, while NTN allocated only 56.8% and 32% to Ukrainian productions.
Pixel’s European and Ukrainian output was only 66.4% and 24.7% respectively, and Enter Film’s 37% and 22%.
The National Council also notes that during the inspections the Inter Media Group refused to provide licences allowing it to distribute and display films.
The group has been given a month to bring its activities into compliance with current legislation.