In 2007, the first Ukrainian language Christian television channel was launched. CNL was already broadcasting over the Ukraine and since the vast majority of Ukrainian citizens speak Russian this was believed to be sufficient. However, in 2006 the government began a push for Ukrainian language broadcasts. This included the restriction of Russian language channels in the basic package of cable television.
Cable television is the popular form of television in the Ukraine and so in order to ensure that CNL remained within the basic package of all cable networks, we launched the Ukrainian language channel.
This channel also carries Russian language programming, but does translate many of these programs into Ukrainian as well.
The cost to translate from Russian to Ukrainian is not expensive and is less than working from English. If your transcripts and programs are already with us, being translated into Russian, the extra cost to translate into Ukrainian is certainly worth the money – and will reach a wider audience.