US sent transmitters to Ukraine to expand broadcasting in territories not controlled by government
The United States provided Ukraine with equipment to broadcast Ukrainian electronic media in the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, said US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent at a press conference on Friday.
"The United States has been providing assistance in various fields since 2014, the current project is the largest in expanding the Ukrainian media space in the east and south of the country," the TASS agency quotes Kent.
The official added that the equipment provided "will provide access to a variety of public and commercial stations," which are broadcast in other regions of Ukraine.
As clarified by a member of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting, Sergei Kostinsky, to expand Ukrainian broadcasting in territories not controlled by the government and in areas bordering them, they will place 11 transmitters transmitted to Ukraine as part of a joint project with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
According to Kostinsky, the project was founded by a commission under the Ministry of Information Policy in 2018 and moved to the final stage, the installation of transmitters is planned to be completed in the coming months.
He added that since 2014, part of even the territory controlled by the government has remained without Ukrainian television. “But since 2015, 4 new powerful transmitters have been installed in the most difficult areas of Donetsk, Lugansk and Kherson regions,” said a member of the National Council.
In 2018, the National Council, together with the Ministry of Information Policy, the Ukrainian State Center of Radio Frequencies, the Concern of Broadcasting, Radio Communications and Television, developed a plan for the deployment of 11 powerful transmitters to ensure the carpet distribution of the digital signal of Ukrainian TV channels along the demarcation line and on the border with Crimea.
"This project, which was supported by USAID," we expect, should put an end to the development of digital television in the east and south of Ukraine, "Kostinsky said.