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Eight Competing to Become National Public Service Broadcasting Chair

 March 21 – Eight people filed documents to fill the vacancy of Chairman of the Board of the National Public Broadcasting Company (PSB), according to PSB Supervisory Board Chair Tetiana Lebedeva in remarks to Detector Media.

“According to the Supervisory Board’s decision, the Supervisory Board members cannot announce the candidates’ names prior to the meeting when we invite the candidates to participate in the competition for the chairman post,” said Lebedeva. “To my best knowledge, eight persons filed their documents. The candidates are of different ages and competencies. I hope they are aware of the responsibility they are willing to take.”

Media Law Institute attorney Ihor Rozkladay released names of potential candidates on his Facebook page. According to Rozkladay, the following submitted documents for the competition: Zurab Alasania, Roman Vybranovsky, Yuriy Darahan, Oleksandr Zyrin, Oleksandr Zorka, Oleksandr Kovalenko, Oleh Nalyvayko, and Marek Siyerant. Rozkladay said one of the candidates failed his electronic income declaration filing for fiscal year 2016, which violates a mandatory requirement for candidates competing to lead the public broadcaster for the next four years.

On March 21, the Supervisory Board announced the list of finalists for PSB chairman. Eight applicants (mentioned above) remained on the list. The Supervisory Board will announce the winning candidate before the conclusion of April after considering the candidates and their strategies for the position.

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