Broadcasters want check of legality of digital frequency tender
Members of the television and radio broadcasting industry have approached the Parliamentary Committee on Freedom of Speech asking for the legality of the Broadcasting Council’s digital tender to be checked..
On 6 September the circumstances of the running of the tender and its outcome were supposed to be discussed by the Committee, but no decision could be taken due to the lack of a quorum with other the head of the Committee, Andriy Shevchenko attending the session.
In response to the appeal, Andriy Shevchenko said that he would be asking the members of the Committee to send an open letter to the Broadcasting Council asking it to provide argument for the legality of the running of the digital tender and explain its criteria. It will also asked that no repeat tender is held until the issue has been examined by the courts.
The TV and radio companies particularly insist that the parliamentary committee help to ensure that the structure of ownership is made known of four of the nationwide multiplexes “Zeonbud which the wider public know nothing about.
The owner of the provider is Planbridge Limted from Cyprus, Behind it is a consortium of anonymous private investors.
On 18 August the Broadcasting Council announced the winners of the tender for free places in digital multiplexes. Most of the major winners are people in power or close to it.
The Inter Group owned by Valery Khoroshkovsky, Head of the SBU [Security Service] and media magnate received out frequencies;
The EastOne Group, owned by Viktor Pinchuk – three;
TRC Ykraina, owned by billionaire and National Deputy from the Party of the Regions, Rinat Akhmetov – four.
Of the two channels seen as more independent, Channel 5, owned by Petro Poroshenko received one and TVi none.
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