The channel started broadcasting with the creation of television in Ukraine in 1939. However, the State Television Company of Ukraine was established by the government in 1992. In 2002, the presidential decree granted the channel the status of National.
Public TV is a joint-stock company, 100% owned by the state. The company contains the national radio broadcaster "Culture", 29 local television companies, and the State Enterprise "Ukrtelefilm." It has satellite broadcasting.
This reform is also supported by the joint program of the European Union and the Council of Europe "Strengthening of the information society in Ukraine" and the Deutsche Welle Akademie.