Rada To Lift Quota Of Ukrainian Music On TV And Radio Companies’ Broadcasting Time

The Verkhovna Rada intends to lift the quota of Ukrainian-made music of television and radio companies’ broadcasting time.

First reading of corresponding draft law No.6342 won support from 240 Members of Parliament, while 226 votes enough for approval.

According to the current law on television and radio broadcasting, audiovisual national product or music by Ukrainian authors or performers is to make at least 50% of the total volume of television and radio companies’ broadcasting time; in radio programmes Ukrainian music compositions must take at least 50% of the overall weekly broadcasting time.

They are proposing to remove from the law a norm concerning Ukrainian music, leaving the requirement of filling the broadcasting time minimum by 50% with audiovisual product made in Ukraine.

They are also proposing to abolish the norms connected with the quota of Ukrainian-made music pieces broadcasted on TV and radio, reasoning this with these breaking the European Convention on Transfrontier Television, according to which a television and radio organisation is obliged to provide most part of broadcast time for European compositions.

According to the explanatory note, since Ukrainian music pieces are rendered as European compositions these need not separate quotas.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Member of Parliament Olena Bondarenko from the Party of Regions faction brought this bill in the Verkhovna Rada on August 26, 2010.

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