The Chairman of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine, Yuriy Artemenko, reported that Ukraine is interested in replacing Russian TV Channels in the Ukrainian satellite network with South Korean TV.
“We have blocked the work of 77 Russian satellite TV Channels because of Russia’s aggression over the last two years. Instead, 34 new Ukrainian satellite TV Channels have appeared. These aren’t enough for us, which is why we want to have Korean Channels,” Artemenko said during the Kyiv Media Week media forum. He noted that South Korea is one of the world leaders in producing TV programming.
“If we had more Korean Channels, Ukrainian people would be grateful,” Artemenko noted. According to the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine, the number of Ukrainian satellite TV Channels increased by 20%, from 101 in 2014 to 122 in 2016. At the same time, a significant decrease in the number of Russian Channels (from 72 in 2014 to 14 in 2016) was observed.
The number of Channels from the European Union also has increased, from 122 in 2014 to 140 in 2016. Taking into consideration the small number of channels from other States, Ukraine has 281 satellite channels in 2016, which is 5.8% lower than in 2014 (298 channels).
The majority of Russian TV Channels was banned in 2014 during the active phase of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine periodically excludes small Russian channels that remained on air in Ukraine.