Ukrainian groups seek to remove channels

Say state-run channels contain 'propaganda'

MOSCOW -- Several Ukrainian public associations, including the National Union of Filmmakers and the national writers union, have written to the authorities demanding that Russian state-run TV channels -- the First Channel, Rossiya and NTV -- be removed from Ukrainian cable networks.

These channels, the letter said, "contain blatantly hostile propaganda." The move is in accord with recent recommendations by the National Council for Television and Radio that Ukrainian-language programming should account for 80% of all TV airtime in the country.