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Handover Ceremony of Broadcasting Equipment to Ukraine

February 10, 2023
Photo of the Handover Ceremony of Broadcasting Equipment to Ukraine
Photo of the Handover Ceremony of Broadcasting Equipment to Ukraine

On February 9, the ceremony was held in Kyiv, Ukraine, to hand over broadcasting equipment to the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (PBC), with H.E. Mr. MATSUDA Kuninori, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine in attendance.

  1. Since January 2017, the Government of Japan has been supporting PBC in establishing a reporting system for disasters and emergencies, strengthening its TV-program production capacity, and enhancing its ability to operate and maintain its broadcasting equipment.
  2. Since Russian attacks on the Kyiv TV tower last March, PBC has been using mobile relay equipment, which is usually used for on-site coverage, as an alternative to the TV tower for transmitting broadcast signals nationwide. Due to the shortage of mobile relay equipment, PBO is currently using smart phones for on-site coverage. Filming by smart phones is easily affected by the network environment, and has significant restrictions on editing.
  3. In response to this situation, the Government of Japan, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), provided PBC with several mobile relay equipment to its main office in Kyiv and branches in Ukraine. These equipment will contribute to the establishment of an accurate, impartial, and fair reporting system for PBC during wartime and thereby strengthening democracy in Ukraine.
  4. The Government of Japan will continue to provide support to the people of Ukraine, who are facing a national crisis, in cooperation with the G7 countries and the international community.

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