Ukraine Today

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Ukraine Today
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Launched 24 August 2014 (2014-08-24)
Closed 1 April 2016 (television broadcasting)[1][2]
Owned by 1+1 Media
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Slogan 'Ukraine's first international TV news network'
Country Ukraine
Language English
Broadcast area Europe, United States[3]
Headquarters Kyiv, Ukraine
Sister channel(s) 1+1 International
1+1
Website uatoday.tv
Availability
Satellite
Eutelsat Hot Bird 13 E, 11623 MHz Vertical, 27.5 megabaud
Cable
LCTA (Lithuania)[4]
Virgin Media UK Channel 833 (Part of Worldbox)
Streaming media
Live stream YouTube stream
Official Website

Ukraine Today is a Ukraine-based private international satellite television channel broadcasting in English.[5][6] The channel, which is owned by the Ukrainian 1+1 group and headquartered in Kyiv, presents round-the-clock news bulletins aimed at the overseas news market. The General Producer is Tetiana Pushnova.

History

In the midst of the Ukraine crisis, which saw major political change in Ukraine, as well as a surge of perceived anti-Ukraine propaganda from Russia, and in particular from channel RT, Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskiy, owner of one of the largest media groups in Ukraine, 1+1 Group, switched the focus of his first 24-hour news channel from Jewish matters to Ukraine, before relaunching as Ukraine Today. Kolomoyskyi stated that "Ukraine Today is our contribution in support of Ukraine's European choice".

Previous ventures

The channel has its origins in two previous English-language news channels owned by 1+1 Media and its majority shareholder Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi;[7] Jewish News 1, which closed on 22 April 2014, and the intermediary channel Ukraine News 1 which closed in June 2014.[8] Ten journalists of Jewish News 1 then moved over the new channel.[9]

Launch of Ukraine Today

Ukraine Today began broadcasting on 14 August 2014, with a live stream on YouTube and broadcast via the Eutelsat Hot Bird satellite, displaying a testcard and scrolling text giving information on how to receive the channel. The channel officially launched on Ukrainian Independence Day, 24 August[7] when it began broadcasting news content.

In 2014 Ukraine Today was operated by the UNIAN TV company.[7]

In October 2015 Ukraine Today launched in English on the Virgin Media platform,[10] alongside its sister channel 1+1 International, being the first Ukrainian TV channels to broadcast to the United Kingdom. The Ukrainian embassy in London then joined the channel in 'officially launching' in the UK that December.[11] It was already available in Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and in Washington D.C. on the MHz Networks cable system.[12]

Less than a year later, in April 2016, it was announced that satellite broadcasting of Ukraine Today would be stopped as a cost saving measure. It would move to being an online-only service.[1][2]

Format

According to the channel, its primary focus is on Ukrainian current affairs, with additional editorial focuses including EU expansion and integration, Russian relations with Europe and America, the defence of European values in both Ukraine and within the EU itself, and the challenges of nation-building in the 21st century.[13]

Ukraine Today started broadcasting Euronews style content on 14 August 2014,[14] with video clips and a narrator providing insight and information.

As of 7 September 2014, Ukraine Today has moved programming to a fully functioning studio, with presenters and interviews, following the original plans.[15]

In April 2016 it was announced that satellite broadcasting would be stopped as a cost saving measure leaving an online-only service.[2]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Expert says Ukrainian tycoon closing TV channel signals his intention to leave country". TASS. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Ukraine Today goes online only to save costs". Digital TV Europe. Informa. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Телеканал Ukraine Today стане голосом нової Європи – Тетяна Пушнова" (in українська). Телекритика. 2014-07-24. Retrieved 2015-01-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Lithuanian Cable Television Association signs agreement with Ukraine Today
  5. Lydia Tomkiw (25 August 2014). "Ukraine Today jumps into the Ukraine-Russia media war". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 16 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "International news channel Ukraine Today can start broadcasting August 24". ITARTASS News Agency. Retrieved 15 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Ukraine Today TV goes to battle in 'information war'". BBC. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Debra Kamin (25 April 2014). "Cable Net Jewish News One Shutters to Become Ukraine News 1". Variety. Retrieved 3 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 27 August 2014 Ukraine Today aims to clarify Russian media misinformation; Columbia Journalism Review
  10. NotOnlyButAlso. "Virgin Media adding 10 international channels to TV service". Virgin Media. Retrieved 2016-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Ukraine Today presented to British audience - News". uk.mfa.gov.ua. Retrieved 2016-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Ukraine Today launches in UK". UNIAN. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Ukraine Today Facebook page". Retrieved 15 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Kiev Launches English Language TV Channel Ukraine Today". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 25 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "1+1 Media launches international television news channel" (in Ukrainian). TSN. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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