Ukraine will be able to switch to digital television broadcasting in 2010, First Vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov believes.

"This is a serious step and a serious contribution to the development of communication in Ukraine," he said today during an awards ceremony honoring television, radio and communications workers with their professional holiday.

Oleksandr Turchynov believes that introducing digital broadcasting will make it possible to save "billions in the budget."

"Moreover, I hope that next year the topic of public broadcasting will go from being a slogan of numerous politicians to a reality," the First Vice Premier is forecasting.

Olekdandr Turchynov presented television, radio and communication workers with certificates from the Cabinet of Ministers.

"We live in an information society, therefore, only a country that has access to information and can analyze it quickly is able of competing in today's world," Oleksandr Turchynov said, congratulating them on their professional holiday.

Today, a new teleconference center, that was built in record time, was opened in the Cabinet of Ministers.

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