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 1+1 TV channel's license being revoked: employees address Poroshenko, Parubii and Hroisman

Journalists and leadership of 1+1 TV channel published an open letter to President Petro Poroshenko, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andrii Parubii, and Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman.

As reported by Censor.NET, the address was published on the TSN website.

"Today, Dec. 29, 2016, is the last day when 1+1 license for analogue broadcasting is valid. Two weeks ago, Dec. 15, the National TV and Radio Council unanimously voted for extension of the license. During the six-months consideration of re-issuance of application, no claims against the channel were received. Over the past two weeks, we've been receiving information from various sources of the attempts to cancel the decision [of prolongation - ed.] and seize the channel," the address reads.

The staff of the TV channel asked Petro Poroshenko to prevent the situation when the channel is deprived of its broadcast licence.

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They reminded of the crucial role the media in general and 1+1 in particular played during the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014.

"We are surprised and concerned with the fact that the National Council, whose members have been appointed by the president and the Vekhovna Rada, is footdragging the fulfillment of its own decision. Over the past two weeks, we've been receiving messages from reliable sources that it's the Presidential Administration who's trying to affect the National Council's decision and transfer control over the channel to other people," the staff said.

The letter was signed by general manager of 1+1 Media V. Tkachenko, broadcast department director S. Popov, journalist investigations department director M. Shylenko, TSN anchors A. Mazur, N. Moseichuk, L. Taran, Yu. Horbunov, and Kvartal-95 director V. Zelenskyi.
 
 
 
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