The Ukrainian channel 1+1 International has secured a broadcasting licence in Canada and is now preparing to launch on national pay-TV networks in the country.

Commenting on the development, Vladislav Svinchenko, the channelís general producer, said that obtaining a Canadian licence was one of its strategic goals for this year.

Around 4% of the countryís population is of Ukrainian origin, and although fewer than 130,000 are Ukrainian speakers this is still a very large number.

By comparison, some 80,000-100,000 viewers watch Russian pay-TV channels in the US.

Svinchenko also said there is an audience for Ukrainian channels abroad among Russian speakers.