donderdag 29 december 2016

CEO 1+1: 'Regering wil greep op onze zender'

Algemeen directeur Oleksandr Tkatsjenko van 1+1 Media meent dat de regering greep wil krijgen op de televisiezender 1+1 omdat die een belangrijke rol kan spelen bij de volgende parlementsverkiezingen. Tegen die achtergrond zou de Nationale Raad voor Televisie en Radio geen haast maken met het verlengen van de licentie voor 1+1, ook al loopt die vandaag af en bestaat de kans dat de tv-zender van oligarch Igor Kolomojski morgen op zwart gaat.

Tkatsjenko legt een verband met de recente nationalisatie van de PrivatBank, die tot anderhalve week geleden ook eigendom was van Kolomojski. ''De overheid neigt tot nationalisatie van banken, maar godzijdank is dat nog niet het geval met de media. 1+1 heeft geen schulden of andere verplichtingen aan de PrivatBank.''

Verder: "Toch heb ik uit recente gesprekken vernomen dat vanuit de presidentiële administratie druk wordt uitoefend op de Nationale Raad voor Televisie en Radio, en ik zie een verband met de volgende verkiezingen. Het is inmiddels wel duidelijk dat de president en zijn mensen niet blij zijn met een televisiezender waar ze geen invloed op kunnen uitoefenen. Ik hoor geluiden als zouden we ons loyaler tegenover de president op moeten stellen.''

Bron: Unian
1+1 Media CEO comments on situation with license: State interested in TV channel’s assets The Presidential Administration of Ukraine is not happy with having a media resource beyond its control ahead of the elections, said 1+1 Media CEO Oleksandr Tkachenko, according to TSN news service. Politics 13:40, 29 December 2016 41 READ LATER Photo from UNIAN Photo from UNIAN "It came as a surprise to us to learn that the chairman of the National Council [on Television and Radio Broadcasting] links the situation with the extension of 1+1 TV Channel’s license with the nationalization of Privatbank. In our country, there is a mechanism for nationalization of banks but, thank God, there are no mechanisms to nationalize TV channels," he said, adding that the comment of Yuriy Artemenko proves that the state is interested in the assets of 1+1 TV Channel. Tkachenko said that the channel was not an asset of PrivatBank. "The studio has no loans from and neither does it have debt obligations to the bank [PrivatBank]. In private conversations, I have repeatedly received information that on the part of the Presidential Administration, pressure has been imposed on the National Council. I attribute this to the fact that ahead of the elections, the Presidential Administration is not happy with having a media resource beyond its control," says the statement. Oleksandr Tkachenko also noted that the Ukrainian legislation does not oblige the channel to wait for a month (until January 23 2017) to receive the document on prolongation of the license. Read also National Broadcasting Council sees no reason to strip 1+1 TV Channel of license "Nothing prevented the National Council from handing a license over to us today, but this is not happening. We hear discussions on the issues such as ‘be more loyal to the president’, or ‘wait, give us this document or that...’ We have filed a package of documents with all necessary information as long as six months ago. Now as we can see, there is an ongoing shift in concepts, and we have every reason to fear that the National Council may revoke the earlier adopted decision. The request of Ms. Fishchuk (which we technically never received) on the ultimate beneficiary is nothing but a trick that cannot affect the fact of a license being granted to us," said 1+1 Media CEO. As UNIAN reported earlier, overnight Thursday, December 29, the management and employees of 1+1 TV Channel published an appeal to the Ukrainian president and, prime minister of Ukraine, as well as the chairman of Parliament. The open letter wrote about the attempt to deprive the TV channel of its license.

Read more on UNIAN: http://www.unian.info/politics/1703722-11-mediad-ceo-comments-on-situation-with-license-state-interested-in-tv-channels-assets.html

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