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Ukrainian National Public TV director elected

Alasaniya beat the State TV and Radio Committee head in the runoff.

Ukrainian National Public TV director elected
Zurab Alasaniya
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The supervisory board of the National Public TV and Radio Company of Ukraine has elected Zurab Alasaniya the company's board chairman, vote count commission member Volodymyr Yavorivskyy has said.

There were eight contestants for the post.

Alasaniya and Oleh Nalyvayko, head of the State Committee for TV and Radio Broadcasting, scored eight votes each in the first round, and the communications reform project leader at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre, Roman Vybranovskyy, had one.

In the runoff, Alasaniya received 10 votes of supervisory board members and Nalyvayko had seven.

Alasaniya's team includes Roman Vintoniv, Mykola Chornotytskyy, Inna Hrebenyuk, Yuriy Makarov, Sasha Koltsova, Darya Yurovska, Vladyslav Hruzynskyy, Dmytro Khorkin, Dmytro Khilchenko, Halyna Babiy, Mykola Kovalchuk, Anastasiya Rinhis, Mykhaylo Shmatov, Ihor Kulyas, Dmytro Hruzynskyy, Olena Shakhova, Masi Nayem and Oksana Panasivska, according to the Detector Media website.

Alasaniya was in charge of the National TV and Radio Company of Ukraine, which will be used as the basis for the National Public TV and Radio Company, from March 2014 to November 2016. He resigned voluntarily.

The National Public TV and Radio Company is expected to unite all government-owned TV and radio companies and conduct independent media policy.