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Public TV canceled three journalistic missions abroad due to frozen bank accounts

05.03.2020, 15:32
Photo credit: Public broadcaster's Facebook page
Photo credit: Public broadcaster's Facebook page

The National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (NPTU) canceled three outgoing missions abroad aiming to cover sports competitions due to frozen accounts, as NPTU reported on its website.

Thus, the journalists won’t go the Skeleton World Championships in Altenberg (Germany) and to the 7th  and 8th stages of the Biathlon World Cup that will be held in the Czech Republic and Finland.

As the executive producer of sports programs Mykyta Khorozov said, biathlon broadcast was one of top-rating programs of UA: Pershyy.

“In an effort to attract a new audience, we buy broadcast rights for many years in advance, invest in product promotion, and look for fresh creative solutions. When we send journalists on a business trip to the venue, we get unique material from the venue - this means live broadcasts for the programs "Sport" and "UA: Biathlon. Studio ”, extra content for the digital platform, some exclusive stories for“ News desk”. Thus, this is very regretful, that because of the canceled reports the viewers won’t see many of interesting things that we have prepared for them, ”- Mykyta Khorozov said.

As to the NPTU, the reports from Berlinale film festival last week was made possible due to personal financing of the trip by the executive producer of the channel Lukyan Galkin.

“We got to know the day before departure, that we would not get money for that trip. As TV channel producer, I decided that the project should be prioritized, and the persons involved in the project should not suffer. What to do in such a situation? Fund the project at your own expense. As my colleagues sadly joked, self-financing for independent cinema is a commonplace, but self-financing for television production of Public is something new. We take it as an experience of dealing with a fundamentally new level of risk, ” Lukyan Galkin said.

As IMI reported, on February 28, the Public broadcaster reported that the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine’s account have been frozen because of debt to Euronews.

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