"No licence yet, and no one explained why we had to wait until Jan.6," - general manager of 1+1 TV channel Tkachenko

1+1 TV channel management says blackmailing with licence is illegal.

TV channel's general manager Oleksandr Tkachenko wrote on his Facebook page, Censor.NET reports.

"It's Dec. 30, and we've got no licence yet. No one explained us why we had to wait until Jan. 6. Promises we will be fine are not enough, for we cannot show them to inspection authorities. Any inquiries by the National [TV and Radion] Council cannot be the reason behind the dragging of the issuance of the licence (by the way, we haven't received any official inquiry).

"The licence cannot be a subject of blackmailing. It's illegal. We will not give up, and we will prove who's right," Tkachenko says.

The general manager added that the beneficiary of the TV channel is Ihor Kolomoiskyi, former owner of recently nationalized Privatbank, and that Privatbank has no liabilities to 1+1.

"We have never played to someone's script, and never will," Tkachenko summed up.

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As reported, Dec. 28, journalists and leadership of 1+1 TV channel published an
open letter to President Petro Poroshenko, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andrii Parubii, and Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman in order to prevent termination of TV channel's broadcasting license. In turn, Head of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine Yurii Artemenko said that 1+1 TV channel would be able to continue broadcasting even without hard copy of the permit since the agency had already made a decision for license renewal. According to him, the document itself will be issued within 30 days. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman said Dec. 29 he was aware of 1+1 TV channel's license possible revocation and would not stand aside if intervention was needed.

1+1 general manager Oleksandr Tkachenko said Dec. 29 that the Presidential Administration did not want to have uncontrollable media before the election.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n421687