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Culture news: In Ukraine refuse the TV version of the national selection and will hold the qualifying stage.
Despite the total underfunding of the company, the national public broadcasting company of Ukraine will hold national selection to participate in the Children’s song contest Eurovision-2018, but the qualifying stage will take place online.
“Participation in international competition involves a significant expense of television on the conduct of the qualifying stage and also a compulsory contribution to the European broadcasting Union is the organizer of the contest for participation in the competition. Underfunded the company, the NOTE does not have the financial ability to carry out all the necessary expenses,” the message reads .
That is why the “Public” for the first time abandons the television version of the national selection and will hold the qualifying stage only online, as this will minimize the production costs. “However, the problem of payment of annual membership fees to the EBU and the compulsory fee for participation in the Children’s song contest Eurovision-2018 remains open. As yet there is no means to ensure the participation of the Ukrainian delegation at the international stage of the competition.
The national public broadcasting company of Ukraine hopes that the government will fulfill its obligations and co-finances a NOTE according to the law “On public television and radio broadcasting of Ukraine”, – said the broadcasting company.
Now in the distribution of expenditures of the state budget of Ukraine for the year 2018 for NSTU provided only 776 million, which does not cover the current operating expenses of the company until the end of 2018, as the funding is less than half the amount guaranteed by the Law of Ukraine “On public television and radio broadcasting of Ukraine”, which States that the budget NOTE should be 0.2% of the expenditures of the General Fund of the State budget of Ukraine for the previous year, to 1.54 billion.
As of 2 August, the European broadcasting Union have confirmed participation in the competition based on obligations of a NOTE to pay the required fees in the fall. Thus, Ukraine became the twentieth country that will participate in the Eurovision song contest.