Junior Eurovision 2018



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Culture news: Ukraine this year will not be able to take part in Junior Eurovision due to critical under-funding National public broadcasting company of Ukraine.

About it reports “UA: Suspine”. “National public broadcasting company of Ukraine, as a member of the European broadcasting Union annually provides for the participation of Ukraine in Junior Eurovision, but this year, due to critical under-funding of the Public broadcaster by the representative of Ukraine will not be able to participate in the international song competition “, – stated in the message.

As noted, participation in Junior Eurovision provides a significant cost television on the conduct of the qualifying stage and also a compulsory contribution to Evropeiskoi broadcasting Union – the organizer of the contest for participation in the competition.

“This year, for the first time NSTA does not have the financial ability to carry out the production costs of two rounds of qualifying to pay the fee and spend all obligatory payments”, – stated in the message.

According to “UA: Suspine”, 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”, where we are talking about what the budget NSTU 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.

“NSTU is the youngest European public broadcaster and the study of the European broadcasting Union is the least funded,” reads the message.

As noted, the critical situation of the illegal underfunding leaves the company any funds not only to pay themselves broadcast channels, programme production, acquisition of rights to sports events of a world scale, but also to the payment of mandatory contributions and payments, not to mention the necessary upgrading of all regional and national television and radio Public.

The report also emphasizes that for the normal operation of the broadcasting company and all 23 regional branches should 330 million UAH on payment of all types of broadcast during the year; about 139 million UAH for capital expenditures; 50 million UAH for utilities, as well as 31 million UAH of land tax. An annual membership fee to the European broadcasting Union are about 19 million UAH. Another 744 million per year is needed to pay employees. The production of content and ensuring the company’s vital need of expenses in the amount of UAH 150 million and UAH 72 million, respectively. Thus, the budget deficit of the Public in 2018 is 759 million.

As you know, kids the Eurovision song contest is an annual international competition for children under the age of 15 years, which involved one representative from each of the member countries of the European broadcasting Union. In November 2018, the competition will be held in Minsk, Belarus. Ukraine participates in the competition since 2006, but for the first time in the history of the competition is forced to refuse to participate.