13:53 Jun. 16, 2016
According to the regulation 35 per cent of the content must be in Ukrainian
Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, has voted to approve the legislation introducing mandatory Ukrainian-language quotas for the radio stations.
238 MPs out of the 333 present in the session hall supported the bill that would boost prime-time Ukrainian-language radio quotas to 35 percent from the current five percent average airtime.
According to the regulation the quotas will be introduced gradually in two years, starting with 25% this year, 30% next year, and 35% in 2018.
Currently, the only quota that exists on Ukrainian radio is that 50 percent of the weekly content of radio stations has to be produced by a Ukrainian national.
The new law will come into force in four months after it is signed by Ukraine's President.