First entry for the contest about public service broadcasting was sent from Alexandria city, Kirovohrad region. The article ‘Free TV for free people’ was published on the 6th of February in local weekly ‘City Courier’.
‘I don’t really hope to win or to get any nomination but would like to see some TV broadcasters from small towns like Alexandria who express their position on the issue about public service broadcasting’, - wrote Victor Holoborodko, an editor of ‘City Courier’ and an author of material for the competition.
In the article he reflects on why until now Ukraine failed to create channels of public service broadcasting and what we need to do to move this process forward. He speaks also about why there is a need for public service broadcasting not only at national but also regional level.
‘If a living reality appears on the screen and we see how people live in Zaporizhzhya, Crimea, Uzhgorod or Summy we will understand how similar and different we are. We will know how easy and simple at the same time to discard stereotypes formed over the years. Will learn how sharp problems of reforming public utilities, business development, ensuring normal medical care for all Ukrainians are. And it will occur in a real time without retouching. It is necessary and important. If this happens we will be able to begin forming a new country where the percentage of the population that is ready to participate actively in political and economic life of the country, to make decisions and take responsibility for them, will be much higher than the current 4%’, - writes the journalist.
Victor Holoborodko has begun to work on local television since 1996. First at broadcasting company ‘Radar’, then at the telecasting studio of Alexandria city administration ‘Alexandria’ and city broadcasting company ‘Contact LTD’. Since 2003 has become an editor of private city weekly ‘City Courier’ and an editor of ‘Radio Courier’.
Besides journalism he is interested in local history. Victor is one of the initiators of “City Courier” library creation – weekly edition of series of books about the history of the region. He is the author of local history publications about the history of Alexandria and its region.
We remind you that Telekritika launched the contest of materials about public service broadcasting.
For the contest will be accepted articles, TV and radio programs that are already published or will be published in regional or national media in the period from the 1st of January to the 31st of March 2014.
All materials which will be sent for the competition you can find here (UKR/RU).