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Debates at NSK Olympic: Main expenses are for renting, lighting, and sound

If the event is proved to be a political agitation, then one must pay to the TV channels for the broadcast, - Chairman of Ukraine's National Public Broadcasting Company
21:28, 8 April 2019

Zurab Alasania, the Chairman of the Board of the company
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The debates between the presidential candidates on the Olympic stadium in Kyiv include the costs for renting, stage preparation, lighting, sound, and other technical issues. If one proves this is agitation, they will pay for the broadcasting of debates by the TV channels as well. Zurab Alasania, the Chairman of the Board of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine, stated this, as broadcasted by 112.Ukraine.

“The main issue is the renting of the stadium, as it will take up to two days to equip the place with the stage. It depends on the stage, its location and the screens. It also includes cameras, lighting, and sound equipment, it will cost about $222,000. Moreover, if it is proved that this is a political agitation, then they must pay the TV channels for the broadcast as well,” Alasania said responding to the question about the costs of the debates.

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Alasania added that the TV channels and the Central Election Commission should be asked about the prices of the broadcast.

According to the Chairman of the Board of the company, the purchase of coverage for the field will cost half of the whole sum, as there is a lack of coverage for such an event. 

The Olympic stadium can only partially provide the place with the guard of the event, and if we are talking about the president and the candidate, this process should involve the State Guard of Ukraine officers.

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The issue with tickets has not been solved yet.

“I think the NSK Olimpic could sell the tickets. However, as for me, it is ridiculous,” Alasania added.  

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