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 Rada obliges radio stations to increase Ukrainian music share in broadcasts

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the introduction of quotas for radio stations on broadcasting Ukrainian music.

268 deputies voted for adoption in principle and as a whole of the corresponding bill No.3822-d, amending the Law of Ukraine "On Television and Radio broadcasting" (in terms of the share of the Ukrainian-language music in radio broadcasts and radio shows), Censor.NET informs.

In the course of debate on the bill, People's Front faction MP Viktoria Siumar has explained that every third song broadcast by the Ukrainian radio stations would be in the Ukrainian language from now on.

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Siumar has also said that the law stipulated for at least 60 percent of all radio shows to be held in Ukrainian. Besides the Ukrainian language should be mainly used and Ukrainian music should be mainly played in the morning and afternoon but not at night, when no one is listening to the radio.

It should be noted that almost the entire Opposition bloc faction did not support the bill. According to the Verkhovna Rada, only Yurii Pavlenko and Vadym Rabinovych (he has defected from the Opposition bloc but is still listed as its member on the website of the Verkhovna Rada) have voted for the bill.
 
 
 
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