Published: 10.50 Europe/London, April 28, 2011
Ukraine is now again awarding TV channel licences after almost a year.
AKTR and Kommersant Ukraina report that the country’s National Council on Television and Radio (NTVCU) suspended the procedure last summer due to the inadequate way of assessing licence fees.
This was finally rectified on April 13, when the Cabinet approved a new methodology for their calculation.
The move is expected to result in cable operators and satellite platforms increasing the number of channels they carry.
Viasat, for instance, has already seen its licence amended and will now be allowed to carry 70 rather than 37 channels.
However, there are still concerns surrounding the licence fees for IPTV channels, which some observers believe to be too high.