From 2015 to 2016, the Commission on Ensuring Stable Operation of National Television and Radio Broadcasting under the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine arranged the process of a prompt radio broadcasting development in ATO area, which is several times faster than the radio space development in any other Ukrainian region. This was reported by the Member of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine Sergei Kostinsky on his Facebook profile.
According to the member of the regulatory authority, the driver for prompt activities was the following two factors:
- Union of all state agencies, involved in TV and radio broadcasting, within the single Interagency Commission.
- Framing new and reduced procedures, which are more relevant to the military reality.
For example, licenses were replaced with temporary broadcasting permits, which reduced the allocation of frequencies from 6-18 months to 1-2 months of use.
According to Sergei Kostinsky, the following work has been done recently in ATO area.
In the Donetsk region:
- 11 radio stations started operating in the region;
- 32 radio frequencies were additionally allocated by granting temporary broadcasting permits;
- 5 additional localities got installed additional transmitters to ensure radio broadcasting.
In the Lugansk region:
- 8 new radio stations started operating in the region;
- 25 new radio frequencies were allocated;
- 8 new localities got ensured additional radio broadcasting.
More details are presented by infographics “The Radio Broadcasting in the ATO zone in 2016”
Red graphic bars illustrate new radio frequencies to start resumed radio broadcasting in 2015-2016.
All frequencies without bars represent broadcasting under the licenses issued by the National Broadcasting Council long before ATO.
The development of broadcasting in ATO area and the territory of the Crimea is carried out within the Commission on Ensuring Stable Operation of National Television and Radio Broadcasting under the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
The information of the National Broadcasting Council also evidences that as of the end of 2016, 126 Ukrainian television channels broadcasted via four telecom satellites.