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TV channels demand from President to veto law on TV and radio broadcasting

TV channels of Kyrgyzstan demand from the President Almazbek Atambayev to veto the Law On Television and Radio Broadcasting. The relevant appeal was sent to the head of state.

It is noted that the legislators have moved away from the original concept of the draft law on television and radio broadcasting that takes into account the interests of all the participants of the industry and is aimed at a gradual (within five years) introduction of proportions of the ratio of domestic and other content.

On March 30, the Parliament adopted a package of amendments to the legislative acts aimed at regulating digital television and radio broadcasting in the third reading.

«In our opinion, the consequences of adopting the bill in the third reading will primarily touch the interests of the state. The government approved 12 TV channels funded from the republican budget, and 6 — from local budgets. In order these 18 TV channels to comply with the law, it is necessary to provide funds in the budget in the amount of about one billion soms per year.

In this case, even if the necessary funds are allocated within three months from the publication of the law, it will be difficult to create high-quality products due to the lack of a technical base and labor resources in the country in the required quantity. And one should always keep in mind that advertising revenue, which is the main source of income in the media market and, according to various estimates, amounts from 450 to 630 million soms per year, can not be compared with the size of the estimated expenditures only by state and public television channels, not to mention private channels," the appeal says.

On March 30, the Parliament adopted a package of amendments to the legislative acts aimed at regulating digital television and radio broadcasting in the third reading.

«Despite our constant requests to exclude discriminatory provisions in the law with regard to local TV channels (including state and public ones), lawmakers have placed us in unequal conditions with TV channels distributed on the basis of interstate agreements, providing the latter with special conditions that allow broadcasting with a social package and to place advertising without observing the proportions of domestic content in the state language," they explain.

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