The companies of 112 Ukraine TV channel have applied to the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting for the renewal of digital licenses.
The term of previous licenses expires in September this year. The package of documents was submitted to the regulator six months before that date.
As it was reported earlier, the digital licenses of 112 Ukraine TV channel were previously the subject of disputes between the TV channel and the National Council.
112 Ukraine TV channel, an informational broadcasting leader, signed a memorandum with five digital broadcasters of the 112 Ukraine group on cancellation of license on broadcast after winning the tender by the Television and Radio Broadcasting Council for granting a license for a national TV-channel in MX-5 multiplex with the informational broadcasting format in DVB-T2 standard.
It is expected that the National Broadcasting Council will announce the winner of the tender on November 2. The 112 Ukraine TV channel together with four other companies participated in the conquest.
In contrast with other participants, the victory of the 112 Ukraine will mean not only expanding of broadcast of a reputable Ukrainian TV Channel, but also the additional liberation of frequencies in MX-5 TV-network, which is put out to tender and with analogous overall coverage all over Ukraine. This will allow announcing additional tenders for other broadcasters. None of the participants have this competitive advantage.
Licenses of the 112 Ukraine TV channel are a source of conflict from the National Broadcasting Council during last four years, who issued 26 refusals to reform the TV channel’s program framework for information broadcasting mode, referring to various problems, while reissuing licenses to the 112’s direct competitors. From the side of Ukrainian and international politicians and experts, this approach caused accusations of political bias from the regulator, and the steps of the Council are deemed to be attempts to interfere with the 112 Ukraine TV Channel’s editorial policy and its change of owner.
112 Ukraine TV channel hopes for an unbiased review of the package of documents for the continuation of digital licenses.
"The issue of extending the digital licenses of the channel is very important, since it is the most accessible way to receive a signal for our viewers. The application for the license extension was filed today to the National Council, whose actions may result in disappearing of 112 Ukraine TV channel in September," said the representative of the channel Vasyl Smetana.