UKRAINE – The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) with all its broadcasters unite in support of UA: PBC, the Ukrainian national television, whose transmission tower was bombed by the Russian army in the context of the aggression by the troops of Putin to the Donbas territories and the advancement towards the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
UA: PBC is no longer visible in its entirety on television screens but has not stopped broadcasting: it continues to be visible online, on the official website, providing vital news and information to citizens since the beginning of the Russian invasion and sharing reports and eyewitness accounts with EBU members.
As part of their resilience operations, they are using additional shortwave frequencies to deliver news in Ukraine and parts of Russia, while a growing number of EBU broadcasters are inserting UA: PBC audio-video feeds into their online services to reach displaced citizens and Ukrainians living abroad.
In addition, the EBU is coordinating technical support for UA: PBC and is working, with the assistance of members, to ensure that the Kyiv public service media can continue to broadcast and reach Ukrainian citizens and which channel is slowly becoming visible again.
But there is not only this. In fact, initiatives by broadcasters of EBU member countries are multiplying as a sign of solidarity and support for the Ukrainian people.
In recent days, over 150 radio stations have joined the initiative of German radios, for a simultaneous broadcast of John Lennon’s iconic “Give Peace a Chance” while, next week, radio stations will be invited to join Radio Romania to broadcast Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and UA: PBC.
Another upcoming initiative will also involve Rai. In fact, a note from the EBU underlines how Italian radio and television is among those organizing concerts and events to raise funds for Ukraine and its TV, in collaboration with the Red Cross and other NGOs.
The other broadcasters involved are those of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Hungary. The planned initiatives would also include special performances of Ukrainian music and regular broadcasts of the Ukrainian national anthem.