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Language law raises Ukrainian quotas to 90% on national TV channels, 80% - on local

The new rules will start working 5 years after the law takes effect, which is in 2024
16:39, 16 May 2019

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The law on the state language provides for the increase of quotas on television: up to 90% for national TV channels and 80% - for local channels. These changes are enshrined in the transitional provisions of the document officially published on May 16 in the Voice of Ukraine.

It is established that from July 2024, programs or movies in Ukrainian language have to make 90% of the total duration of broadcasting on the national TV channels in intervals from 7:00 am - 18:00 pm and 18:00 pm - 22:00 pm.

Local channels have to ensure that 80% of broadcasting is in Ukrainian, in particular in intervals from 7:00 am - 18:00 pm and 18:00 pm - 22:00 pm.

The norm which allowed using other languages without dubbing and voicing of speeches, interviews, comments, explanations of persons taking part in the program, or of separate phrases of the hosts (announcers) in the amount preconditioned by the creative idea of the program.

Related: President Poroshenko signs language law

As it was reported earlier, on April 25, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the draft law #5670-d on the provision of the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state one in the second reading and in general.

The status of Ukraine's state language will be endorsed over the course of the next ten years when the government implements the respective program. 

Related: Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Spokesperson signs language law

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