Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine
TypeBroadcast radio and television,
online and printing
AvailabilityNational; International
HeadquartersKyiv, Ukraine
OwnerState Committee for Television and Radio-broadcasting
Key people
Mykola Chernotytskyi (chairman of the board)
Launch date
8 April 2015; 8 years ago (2015-04-08)[1]
Official website

The Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Національна суспільна телерадіокомпанія України, romanizedNatsionalna Suspilna Teleradiokompaniia Ukrainy), shortened to Suspilne Ukraine (Ukrainian: Суспільне, IPA: [sʊˈs⁽ʲ⁾p⁽ʲ⁾ilʲne]; lit.'Public') or previously UA:PBC, is the national public broadcaster in Ukraine.[1] As such it was registered on 19 January 2017.[2] In its revamped form the company provides content for its three television and radio channels.[1]

From 1995 until its current name the television predecessors of the current broadcaster was named the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU; Національна Телекомпанія України, Natsionalna Telekompaniia Ukrainy).[2] Ukrainian Radio was its radio predecessor and a stand-alone company until it merged with NTU to be the first public broadcasting company of Ukraine.[3][1]

Radio broadcasts in Ukraine, at the time part of the USSR, began in Kharkiv in 1924, and a nationwide radio network was initiated in 1928.[4] (In the first years of the USSR Kharkiv was the capital of Ukraine, from December 1919 to January 1934, after which the capital relocated to Kyiv.[5]) In 1965 the first nationwide Ukrainian television channel Ukraiinske Telebachennia or UT (‘Ukrainian Television’) was established.[6] (Ukraine was part of the USSR from 1920 until it declared its independence on 24 August 1991.[7])

The broadcaster was rebranded to Suspilne on 5 December 2019, with the new brand identity presented on 23 May 2022.[8]


The Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine is a public joint-stock agency with 100% of its shares belonging to the state,[3] and operates the television channel Pershyi, the only Ukrainian TV channel that has a coverage over 97% of Ukraine's territory and is the only state-owned national channel. Its programs are oriented at all social layers of the Ukrainian society and national minorities.

Its radio division Ukrainian Radio is the biggest radio network in the country, which broadcasts on FM (covers 192 settlements in 24 regions) and AM, satellite and cable networks throughout Ukraine, and is the most popular news and talk radio station in Ukraine.[9]

Among priority directions of the network are informative publicism, popular scientific, culturologic, entertaining and sport-oriented ones. Pershyi, at one point, significantly trails all of its privately owned rival channels in terms of viewership. The National Television Company of Ukraine (NTCU) was changed to Public Television Network in 2009. The network consists of several channels such as Pershyi, "Second Channel", "Euronews Ukraine" and "Ukraine and the World". In 2014, a new law was passed to make the network independent from the government.[10] With the creation of the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine in 2015, the National Radio Company of Ukraine merged into this new company, which was officially registered on 19 January 2017.[2][3]


Currently the Suspilne network is organized into the following:


Regional channels ("Second channel" network)


For more information, see Ukrainian Radio.

Suspilne broadcasts on 3 national and 1 international radio channels: Ukrainian Radio (First Channel, UR-1), Radio "Promin", Radio "Culture" and Radio Ukraine International. The regional branches have their broadcasting slots in the broadcast schedule of the First Channel of Ukrainian Radio. General producer of Ukrainian radio channels since 2017 is Dmytro Khorkin.

Ukrainian Radio Directorate of the Suspilne is a structural subdivision of the company, which integrates four broadcasting channels, the studios of Radio House and the House of Recording of Ukrainian Radio, and 5 radio ensembles.

Ukrainian radio broadcasts on FM and AM, satellite and cable TV-networks throughout Ukraine. Also it has mobile app for Android and iOS.[37]

Radio channels

Studio complexes

Radio ensembles

Radio ensembles are instrumental or vocal bands – i.e. radio orchestra – employed by public service broadcasters around the world, whose main tasks are to create stock records for broadcasting on public radio stations, as well as to promote national culture.[40] The following radio ensembles are a part of Suspilne:


Presidents (2005–2010)

Directors general (2010–16)

Chairmen of the board (2017–present)


1.^ The Supervisory board of UA꞉PBC decided to break the contract with Zurab Alasania effective May 6, 2019. However Alasania took vacation and thus his firing was postponed. Nevertheless both Alasania for the period of his vacation and the Supervisory Board after breaking of the contract with him assigned Mykola Chernotytskyi as acting chairman of the board.[42] Alasania has been later renewed on his position by Shevchenkivskyi District court of the city of Kyiv.[41]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d The Public Broadcasting Company has been launched in Ukraine, Den (8 April 2015)
    (in Ukrainian) The state registered a "public broadcaster", Ukrayinska Pravda (19 January 2017)
  3. ^ a b c Poroshenko signs law on public broadcasting company, Interfax-Ukraine (8 April 2015)
  4. ^ Ivan Katchanovski; Zenon E. Kohut; Bohdan Y. Nebesio; Myroslav Yurkevich (2013). "Media" entry in Historical Dictionary of Ukraine. Scarecrow Press. p. 365. ISBN 9780810878471.
  5. ^ Liber, George (1992). Soviet Nationality Policy, Urban Growth, and Identity Change in the Ukrainian SSR, 1923–1934. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521522434.
  6. ^ Where Broadcast and Digital Cultures Collide: A Case Study of Public Service Media in Ukraine by Mariia Terentieva, (1 June 2016)
  7. ^ A History of Ukraine: The Land and Its Peoples by Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto Press, 2010, ISBN 1442610212 (page 563/564 & 722/723)
  8. ^ "Суспільне Мовлення оновлює дизайн-систему брендів" [Public Broadcasting is updating the branding design system]. (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  9. ^ a b "Національна рада забезпечила найбільш динамічний розвиток мереж суспільного радіо". Національна рада України з питань телебачення і радіомовлення. 2019-10-11. Retrieved 2019-11-30.
  10. ^ Ukraine is on the brink of media freedom, but oligarchs are set to put a stop to it, (2 December 2016)
  11. ^ "Pershyi Official Website".
  12. ^ "Suspilne Krym Official Website".
  13. ^ this channel is currently de-facto retranslated channel "Suspilne Novyny"
  14. ^ "Suspilne Cherkasy Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  15. ^ "Suspilne Chernihiv Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  16. ^ "Suspilne Chernivtsi Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  17. ^ "Suspilne Donbass Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  18. ^ "Suspilne Dnipro Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  19. ^ "Suspilne Ivano-Frankivsk Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  20. ^ "Suspilne Kharkiv Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  21. ^ "Suspilne Kherson Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  22. ^ "Suspilne Khmelnytskyi Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  23. ^ "Suspilne Kyiv Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  24. ^ "Suspilne Kropyvnytskyi Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  25. ^ "Suspilne Lviv Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  26. ^ "Suspilne Mykolaiv Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  27. ^ "Suspilne Odesa Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  28. ^ "Suspilne Poltava Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  29. ^ "Suspilne Rivne Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  30. ^ "Suspilne Sumy Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  31. ^ "Suspilne Ternopil Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  32. ^ "Suspilne Vinntysa Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  33. ^ "Suspilne Lutsk Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  34. ^ "Suspilne Uzhhorod Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  35. ^ "Suspilne Zaporizhzhia Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  36. ^ "Suspilne Zhytomyr Official Website" (in Ukrainian).
  37. ^ "MOBILE APPLICATION OF UKRAINIAN PUBLIC RADIO LAUNCHED". Council of Europe Office in Ukraine. Retrieved 2019-11-30.
  38. ^ "LAW OF UKRAINE On Television and Radio Broadcasting - Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law". Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law -. 2021-02-09. Retrieved 2024-03-15.
  39. ^ "Будинок звукозапису Українського радіо | Українське радіо". Retrieved 2019-11-30.
  40. ^ Union (EBU), European Broadcasting (2018-03-27). "Importance of radio ensembles highlighted at seminar in Athens". Retrieved 2019-11-30.
  41. ^ a b "Зураба Аласанію з 1 липня 2019 року поновлено на посаді голови правління Суспільного" (in Ukrainian). UA:PBC. 1 July 2019. Archived from the original on 4 July 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  42. ^ "Голова правління Суспільного на період відпустки призначив виконувачем обов'язків члена правління Миколу Чернотицького" (in Ukrainian). UA:PBC. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.

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