"The state-owned Broadcasting, Radiocommunications & Television Concern (BRT) switched off the broadcasting of UA:Pershyi in the morning today (over the state's debts owed to the state)," CEO of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC) Zurab Alasania wrote on social media on Sept. 25, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
The channel's signal was cut off across the country. The situation in areas close to the frontline in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, is being checked.
In June, UA:Pershyi had to suspend its analogue broadcasting in the cities of Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Dnipro, Odesa, Ternopil, Chernihiv, and others.
Since April 2018, the state budget approved by Ukraine's parliament has no funds to cover public TV broadcasts, the company said. Thus the company's debts to BRT have grown to 75.12 million hryvnia (about $2.7 million).
The 2018 national budget foresees only 776,563 hryvnia (about $27,700) in financial support for the National Public Television and Radio Company, which is half the amount guaranteed by the Law on Public Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine.