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Cabinet gives nod to resignation of NTCU chief

Zurab Alasania quits amid budget row.

Cabinet gives nod to resignation of NTCU chief
Zurab Alasania
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The government approved on 2 November the resignation of the CEO of the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTCU) Zurab Alasania.

Three ministers abstained during the vote.

According to the procedure, after the Cabinet's approval , the State Broadcasting Committee shall issue an order of dismissal.

Zurab Alasania on November 1 filed a letter of resignation. He told the media he decided to quit after the Ministry of Finance included the budget of Eurovision-2017 into the 1.2bn hryvnia budget of the National Public Television of Ukraine, which left the NPTU with only 193m hryvnia in the development budget.

The NPTU was planned to unite all the state TV and radio companies. It was assumed that the NPTU would a public broadcaster independent from the government.

Alasania has headed of NTCU since March, 2014.