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 Alasania resigns as general director of National TV company. DOCUMENT (in Ukrainian)

General director of the National TV Company of Ukraine Zurab Alasania resigned from his post due to budget problems with Eurovision-2017 contest that will be held in Kyiv and public television to be created by his employer.

As reported by Censor.NET, Alasania posted his resignation statement and attached explanation via MediaPort website on his Facebook page Nov. 1.

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Alasania explained his decision with disastrous lack of financing for the development of public broadcasting in Ukraine.

According to him, out of 1.2 billion hryvnia stipulated for the development of public broadcasting in 2017, the state takes away 450 million for the Eurovision contest, 250 million as payment for the broadcast, 149 million as expenses, and 46 million are given away to the city. Another 112 million are allocated for international activities, he wrote.

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"The remaining is 193 million hryvnia [$7.41 million - ed.]. The government, are you serious? ...

"And after this, we say to the country and to the world that we are creating public broadcasting?" he wrote.

Alasania stressed that public broadcasting in Ukraine is very important and said he was certain the process of its creation would continue. He hopes his resignation will draw attention to the budgeting issues with the Eurovision and public broadcasting in Ukraine.

   
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