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Pryamyy to appeal against revocation of its license for FM broadcasting

09.09.2020, 11:55
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Pryamyy TV filed a lawsuit with the Kyiv District Administrative Court against the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting for revoking the license of Pryamyy FM radio, as the broadcaster website reported.

The Pryamyy Channel LLC considers the decision of the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting to be illegal and such that has to be nullified, and its rights, freedoms and legally protected interests to be eroded.

The facts that Pryamyy mentioned attested that while adopting the contested decision №1006 the National Council did not adhere to the principles underlying its activities - legality, independence, objectivity, transparency, accessibility to the public, taking into account cultural, ideological and political diversity in society, taking into account generally accepted international rules and standards in the field of television and radio broadcasting, completeness and comprehensive consideration of the issues and the validity of decisions taken, " the Pryamyy’s statement read.

Besides that, the plaintiff found that the decision of the National Council "had been made unreasonably, in a biased way, in violation of the statutory procedure for deciding on the ordering of an unscheduled inspection and its implemetation."

As IMI reported, on September 3, the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting revoked the license of Pryamyy FM (a subsidiary of Pryamyy TV channel) to broadcast in six cities, as the radio did not broadcast on two frequencies in the space of one year after having obtaimed the license.

On November 9, 2018, Pryamyy FM got a broadcasting license in six settlements (Marhanets, Pavlohrad, Melitopol, Bila Tserkva, Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi and Lubny).

During the inspection based on the monitoring on December 3 and 5, 2019, the National Council recorded the absence of broadcasting on two frequencies - in Marhanets and Lubny.

Representatives of "Pryamyy FM" believe that the broadcaster received six licenses, not one, and the National Council on its own initiative combined six frequencies into one license form.

Representatives of "Pryamyy FM" also reported that the broadcaster had some technical difficulties with the development of two frequencies in Manganets and Lubny.

Members of the National Council tried to find out when the company realized that it could not master all the frequencies. It was found out that it happened in December 2019 (then the company applied for the removal of two frequencies), although in November the one-year deadline for the start of broadcasting expired. That is, according to members of the National Council, the company was late in appealing abour its unability to broadcast on two frequencies.

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