Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers left analogue television on the territories close to the border with Russia and for the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC) and local television companies which doesn’t have a license for digital broadcasting on the list of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council till December 31, 2018. The decision was made at the session of the Government on Wednesday, August 29, as Interfax-Ukraine reports.
According to the regulation and explanatory note, the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council has to define the list of the channels which will continue broadcasting till December 31 this year to protect Ukraine’s national information space while the country switches to the digital broadcasting from the analogue one.
These are the channels which operate on the territories bordering Russia in the Joint Forces Operation zone, occupied Crimea, and the those of the local television companies which don’t have a license for digital broadcasting.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Government approved a plan of digital broadcasting introduction in Ukraine in October 2016.
In March, the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council approved a draft plan of a phased blackout of the analogue broadcasting with the beginning in August 2018.
Later, the Cabinet of Ministers extended the time frame for the analogue broadcasting till August 31, 2018.