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Law on Broadcast Language Quotas Comes into Force

October 13 – Ukraine formally enacted a law obliging national television channels to broadcast no less than 75 percent of their programming in the Ukrainian language.  The law will be administered and enforced four months after it was published in the Voice of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada’s newspaper.

As earlier reported by the Institute for Mass Information, the Verkhovna Rada adopted legislation on May 23 of this year (Law #5313) that introduces Ukrainian language requirements for television programs and films.  Seventy-five percent of national and regional programming must be broadcast in the Ukrainian language; 60 percent of local television and radio programming must be broadcast in Ukrainian; and 75 percent of all news programming must be broadcast in Ukrainian.

On June 6, President Petro Poroshenko signed the broadcast language quota legislation into law.

According to the law, TV and radio organizations broadcasting live or in a digital mode are required to broadcast programs and films in the Ukrainian language within the 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. time slots.

At least 30 percent of TV companies’ broadcast airtime in the languages of Ukraine’s aboriginal groups should be dubbed into Ukrainian, according to the new law.  Companies that broadcast purchased films and programs are required to present this programming in Ukrainian with the exception of films and programming produced before August 1, 1991 and except for animation and programming targeted to children.

Films and programs allowed to be broadcast in a non-Ukrainian language should be subtitled in Ukrainian.  A broadcast company’s failure to comply with the new film and program language law will result in a fine of five percent of its license fee.

More on the website of the Institute for Mass Information in Ukrainian.