The Center for the Protection of the Information Space of Ukraine over the past month has distributed contracts worth UAH 83 million for the production of television programs in November-December to protect the information space during the war with Russia. This is reported in the Prozorro system, Our Money writes.
Most of the funds were allocated to support the channels broadcasting the United News telethon – Rada, 1+1, ICTV and Inter. Obshchestvennoye and the newcomer of the broadcast We Are Ukraine did not receive funds. According to one of the market participants, the funding received covers approximately one month of the content of TV channels. Starting from the new year, state funding should increase, since up to UAH 2 billion was included in the budget. for 2023.
The largest contracts from the state-owned enterprise of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy were received by Kinokit LLC, associated with the Deputy Head of the President's Office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko. The companies donated UAH 24.4 million to videos on the topic “Day of Defenders and Defenders of Ukraine” (UAH 5 million) and cycles of programs about the war with Russia (UAH 19.5 million).
Since the end of 2021, Kinokit has been producing content for the state TV channel Rada, which is a participant in the National Telethon. In October 2020, the former general producer of 1 + 1 Volodymyr Oseledchik, also a lecturer at the Ukrainian Film School, founded by the wife of Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Alena Tymoshenko, became a co-owner of the Kinokit company. In December 2021, before the relaunch of Rada, an actress from Odessa, Yulia Drozdova, became the owner of the company, and Sergey Samoylenko became the director. As Bihus.info journalists found out, Drozdova studied at the Ukrainian Film School.
The director of the Kinokit company, Sergey Samoylenko, worked (or visited cases) in Russia, and since the second half of 2019, he has been an employee of Viktor Medvedchuk's 112 Ukraine channel. A number of workers from Medvedchuk's channels switched to Rada. Among them is Vladislav Matyash, who in 2019 headed the 112 news agency and worked on Medvedchuk’s channel before the imposition of sanctions by the National Security and Defense Council. At the same time, Matyash took part in the projects of Kirill Timoshenko's company GoodMedia. Now Matyash has the position of “media expert of the channel” Rada “”, and recently received from the president the order “For Merits of the III degree”.
Other participants of the National Telemarathon received smaller contracts than Kinokit.
PJSC Inter TV Channel received contracts worth UAH 16 million. His services for creating and distributing content on the air of the national marathon are priced at UAH 3,300 per minute.
According to Forbes, the InterMediaGroup TV channels are in a terrible situation – there are mass layoffs of employees in the TV holding: “Only the news service remained there, and even then not in its entirety. The rest was allegedly sent on vacation.”
The main co-owners of the company are Group DF founder Dmitry Firtash (36%), SBU ex-chairman Valery Khoroshkovsky (45%) and people's deputy from the already banned Opposition Platform for Life party Sergei Lyovochkin (9%). The shares of Forbes shareholders were calculated on the basis of open data.
Viktor Pinchuk's SLM Novosti LLC received UAH 16.8 million and Studio 1+1 Television and Radio Company LLC from Igor Kolomoisky's group received UAH 16.3 million.
Their prices per minute of content are also UAH 3,300. But in the contracts with these companies, in the “technical requirements” section, various explanations were prescribed regarding the ordered content.
“Pluses” should “add confidence that Ukrainians are under the reliable protection of the state and the Armed Forces of Ukraine”. Their themes allow “to get used to the opinion that despite all” life goes on “and” we will live “. …News is a distraction.
In turn, StarLightMedia indicates that “the audience understands cause-and-effect relationships, understands processes more deeply, develops critical thinking and own attitude”.
In addition, Pinchuk's company indicated that it has a “rich experience” in conducting interviews. An example is communication with President Volodymyr Zelensky, his wife Elena Zelenskaya, US State Department Secretary Anthony Blinken and US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink. jpg” class=”wpg_image” width=”768″ height=”187″ alt=”” />
Another UAH 9.6 million was received by Andrey Krolenko and Kateryna Klymenko LLC Media Scope Global. This company must produce a number of commercials for placement on Pinchuk and Kolomoisky's TV channels that are not included in the National Marathon – “2 + 2”, “New Channel”, “2 + 2”, “Tet”, “Plus Plus”, “M1”, “Curlers ”, “Vot”, “M2”.
The National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine is also included in the Unified Telethon. But the public broadcaster did not receive a single contract from the Center for the Protection of the Information Space of Ukraine.
Also, LLC “We are Ukraine” did not receive money. This company was created by former workers of the TRC “Ukraine” Rinat Akhmetov. In the summer, the oligarch refused television licenses and channels. Consequently, the journalists found another source of income and continued broadcasting. Even before receiving a license for digital broadcasting from the National TV Council, “We are Ukraine” was broadcast on YouTube. Among the speakers were politicians, officials and pool experts from the Office of the President.
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