State-owned UATV in Crimean Tatar broadcasts abroad, in occupied Crimea

10:55, 06 February 2017
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Ukraine's state-owned Channel UATV has begun broadcasting in the Crimean Tatar language targeting the audience abroad and in the Russian-occupied Crimea, according to National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council member Serhiy Kostynskyi.

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"Recently, the broadcast of Ukrainian news in the Crimean Tatar language for the Crimean Tatar Diaspora has started on UATV, which broadcasts Ukraine's programs abroad. For the first time the government has designated the language of Crimean Tatars as a priority for public broadcasting to foreign countries," Kostynskyi wrote on Facebook.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Information Policy Ministry, January 5, 2017, announced on the termination of Ukrainian state-owned channel UTR (TV and Radio Company "World Service of the Ukrainian Television and Radio Broadcasting"), which was used as the basis for the creation of state-owned enterprise "Multimedia International Broadcasting Platform of Ukraine" with Channel UATV.

Read alsoCrimea frees lawyer Kurbedinov after 10-day arrest – journalistDecember 28, 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the law on the system of Ukraine's foreign broadcasting, which was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on December 8. According to this law, the international broadcasting system of Ukraine comprises the state enterprise "Multimedia International Broadcasting Platform of Ukraine," established in October 2015, and the Ukrainian Ukrinform National Information Agency.

In September 2015, Channel UATV was launched as part of the "Multimedia International Broadcasting Platform of Ukraine" instead of UTR. UATV broadcasts via three satellites Amos 3, of Azerspace 1, Galaxy 19, and has its own channel on YouTube. As of today, UATV is broadcast via cable networks in Moldova, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, and Latvia.

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