As reported by Censor.NET citing TSN, this was said by CEO of 1+1 Media Oleksandr Tkachenko.
"We were surprised to learn that the head of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting links the situation with renewal of 1+1 TV channel's license with nationalization of Privatbank. There is a mechanism to nationalize a bank in our country, but, thank God, there is no way to nationalize a TV channel," he said adding that the statement by Yurii Artemenko proved that the state was interested in TV channel's assets.
According to Tkachenko, the TV channel was not an asset of Privatbank.
"The broadcaster has no credit outstandings and owes no debts to the bank. I was repeatedly told off the records that the Presidential Administration put pressure on the National Council. I attribute this to the fact that it's not much incentive for the Presidential Administration to have uncontrollable media before the election," the statement reads.
As reported, Dec. 28, 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 in order to prevent termination of TV channel's broadcasting license. In turn, Head of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine Yurii Artemenko said that 1+1 TV channel would be able to continue broadcasting even without hard copy of a permit since the agency had already made a decision for license renewal. According to him, the document itself will be issued within 30 days.