President to disband Ministry of information policy, to unify State committee and National council
The team of President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to disband the Ministry of information policy, as well as to unite the National council of television and radio broadcasting with the State committee for television and radio broadcasting. Mykyta Potauravev, advisor to the President Zelensky on political issues, said it on July 15 at the expert meeting "Media Deoligarchization: How to Ensure the Independence of the Media from Their Owners?", as "Media Detector" reported. "We plan to reload the Ministry of information policy to zero”, he said. Potaurav said they schedule to unify the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting (independent regulator) and the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting (executive body). "We have the project of merging of the State committee for television and radio broadcasting and the National council. Because the State committee for television and radio broadcasting has few economic functions. One should strengthen it, including financially, its personnel. We also need to ensure the independence of the regulator, "he said. According to him, now the presidential team discusses various options of changing the quota principle of the formation of the National Council. In particular, three members of the regulator may be appointed by the president, the parliament and the Cabinet of Ministers. However, the final decision is not yet agreed. Poturaev added that the updated regulator should have more extended functions. Asked how the National council and the State committee are planned to be united, he replied they schedule to amend the Constitution. At the same time, according to Poturayev, the regulator should remain a constitutional body. “Detektor Media” reminded that the Presidential administration is elaborating a package of bills on the media industry, which will also deal with the issue of media de-oligarchization. The bills will have three key mechanisms: the independence of the editorial information policy, the transparency of funding, and the economic capacity of the media.
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