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Shmygal and Tkachenko find that Suspilne receives fully funding

22.10.2021, 16:54

The Prime Minister Denis Shmygal said that Suspilne received full funding, and Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksander Tkachenko expressed dissatisfaction with the broadcaster's ratings.

The government officials said this on October 22 at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada during an hour of questions to the government, as Suspilne reported.

"Regarding the financing of Suspilne. Funding is being provided on full scale, as it is provided in the state budget of Ukraine, and this, let me remind you, is billions of hryvnias: not millions, but billions," Shmyhal said.

At the same time, the Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksander Tkachenko expressed dissatisfaction with the broadcaster's ratings.

"Indeed, they are fully funded, although there are questions about its ratings, because for that kind of money other TV channels get much higher ratings, and it's not just about trust, but still about responsibility for the money spent," the minister said.

IMI reported, that the draft state budget for 2022 allocated UAH 1.8 billion for Public broadcaster Suspilne, with an underfunding of UAH 526 million. According to the law, expenditures on NPTU in 2022 should amount to UAH 2,394.7 million (about $ 91 thousand).

On October 20, the parliament dropped the amendment aiming to increase funds for the National Public Televsion and radio Company of Ukraine (NPTU) while passing a draft resolution "On Conclusions and Proposals to the Draft Law of Ukraine on the State Budget of Ukraine for 2022". The amendment was submitted by the Humanitarian and Information Policy Committee and the MP from “European Solidarity" Volodymyr Vyatrovych.

As IMI reported, 2 billion 274 million 158 thousand hryvnyas (around $ 82 million) have been scheduled for the Suspilne public broadcaster in the state budget for 2021. From the general, the sum of 1,874,158.0 UAH was allocated for Suspilne, of which 400 million is planned by a special fund, which is replenished by taxes from the lottery business. According to the head of the NPTU board, Mykola Chernotitsky, the NPTU did not receive this 400 million.

Since 2017, the newly created Suspilne broadcaster has never received full funding from the state.

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