Cable operators in southeast Ukraine refuse to disconnect Russian TV channels
November 3rd, 2008
Certain cable operators of southeastern Ukraine have refused to follow the ruling of the National Council for TV Broadcasting, which orderd them to cease the broadcasting of some Russian TV channels. The list of TV channels banned in Ukraine includes REN TV, Pervy Channel, Worldwide Net, RTR Planeta and TVTs International. The National Council says that the cable operators are violating Ukrainian copyright laws and don’t provide for Ukrainian-language subtitling.
Meanwhile, the banned channels still cover Zaporozhie, Odessa, Lugansk, Kharkov, Crimea and other settlements of southeastern Ukraine. The cable operators of Kiev and western Ukraine followed the order of the National Council. But Volya Co that has the widest subscriber base of Kiev cable TV hasn’t switched off Pervy Channel, reasoning that the latter would ultimately agree with the National Council and the claims to it would be dropped.
Renome and the Black Sea companies refused to disconnect Russia’s channels in Odessa. In some cities, including Sevastopol, the local authorities passed special rulings to evade executing the National Council’s resolution.
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