Russia to let Ukrainian TV broadcast on its air

10:01, May 18, 2010      

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Russia is ready to allow a number of Ukrainian television stations to broadcast on the Russian air, President Dmitry Medvedev promised upon the completion of talks in Kiev with his Ukrainian counterpart Victor Yanukovich, Russian media reported on Monday.

The Ukrainian-language TV channels will be aired via Russian satellites, Medvedev said.

The Russian leader said that Moscow intends to grant the selected channel 24-hour permission for broadcasting. He did not specify what channel such a permit would be issued to, just saying that it would be "one of the largest or the most influential" Ukrainian channel.

"Later on that channel could be joined by the other," the president added.

Currently, the only TV channel from Ukraine that broadcasts in Russia is Kiev's Russian-language Inter, but the station has been available only via cable receiver by subscription. The Inter is a station where several former Russian TV anchors got a "refuge" after they were coerced to close their political shows.

After the disintegration of the Soviet Union and until recently the Ukrainian authorities have been trying eagerly to drive out the Russian channels from the country's air.

Source: Xinhua
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