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Ukrainian broadcast to be 75% in Ukrainian
14:09, 23 May 2017
Ukrainian broadcast to be 75% in Ukrainian

Ukraine’s Parliament introduces 75% quota, the document takes its force four months after official publication and singing by the head of the Verkhovna Rada and the President

14:09, 23 May 2017

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a bill on language quotas on TV. 269 MPs voted for the bill.

According to the law 75% of the broadcast needs to be in Ukrainian during a week in 7:00 – 18:00 and 18:00 – 22:00 intervals. The quota for local TV channels is 60%.

In case the TV channel broadcasts in “Ukraine’s indigenous languages”, the total broadcast in those languages and Ukrainian should totally make 75%, with at least 30% in the official state language.

Related: National Geographic Channel to broadcast in Ukrainian

Movies and TV-programs created before August 1, 1991 may not be translated, however necessarily need to be titled in Ukrainian.

The bill enters its force four months after being published in the official journal. However, the bill needs to be signed by the Head of the Parliament and the President.

Violation of the language quotas will be punished with the penalty in 5% of the broadcast license fee.

Related: Ukrainization of TV: What to change in broadcasting if language quotas are approve

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