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Zelensky-Poroshenko debates cost some $220 000, - National TV Company

This sum includes studios, cameras, wages
15:01, 9 April 2019

Zurab Alasaniya, the Chairman of the Executive Board of National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine
Central Election Comission press office

Television debates on National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), which would be broadcasted for an hour on April 19 would cost $219,230 without VAT, as Zurab Alasaniya, the Chairman of the Executive Board of the organization, said during the briefing broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

“Television debates, 60 minutes, television and radio broadcasting, it should be broadcasted in both ways – the total sum without VAT is 5,767,000 hryvnias ($219,230, - ed.). These are studios, cameras, wages, etc.,” he noted.

Related: Precise cost of Ukraine's presidential debates cannot be determined, - Olympic administration

This sum was revealed two months ago.

“We have estimated the cost, it was approved, but it would change when after the elections we would sum things up. It would change as initially there were 39 candidates instead of 44. Maybe, it will deviate a bit if one of the candidates won’t come,” Alasaniya noted.

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

As it was reported, National Police of Ukraine is preparing to maintain public order at Olimpiyskiy stadium during the political debates. In particular, a coordinated meeting was held. 

Even foreigners want to watch the debates of Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko. They have even appealed to the administration of the stadium to book the tickets.

Related: Ukraine's elections 2019: Zelensky wants to hold debates on April 19

As it was reported, the leaders of the presidential run are taking tests before the debates – it was one of the conditions of Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Let us recall that during the presidential campaign in 2014, Poroshenko himself refused from participating in the debates with another presidential aspirant Yuliya Tymoshenko, his key competitor. Poroshenko explained his unwillingness by the fact that Ukraine "is in a state of war. All people emphasize that the country needs unity. If we start quarreling now, our rivals would benefit from it."

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