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Weekly Digest: Accelerated Launches

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Last week, the owner of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s leading English-language publication, fired its newsroom and shut down the publication, a move the sacked team called “an act of vengeance.” This week, former KP journalists announced the launch of a new outlet.

The newsroom will be led by Olga Rudenko, former Kyiv Post deputy chief editor. The founders of media consultancy firm Jnomics Media (and The Fix editors) Jakub Parusinski and Daryna Shevchenko will step in as senior executives – Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer, respectively.

The name of the publication is yet to be announced, but its founders are planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign and have already launched their first editorial product, a newsletter.

More from The Fix: Ukraine’s Kyiv Post shut down by owner for “relaunch”, team calls it act of vengeance / Weekly Digest: Kyiv Post Closure, Anti-Oligarch Law in Ukraine 

Poland’s public broadcaster, TVP, launched its English-language television channel TVP World. The channel went on air on Thursday, November 18th. It will broadcast 24 hours a day.

As Business Insider Polska notes, TVP World’s launch was accelerated by the migrant crisis at Poland’s border with Belarus, Poland’s willingness to convey its point of view to the world more effectively. The channel was initially scheduled to start operating on January 1st of 2022.

The outlet has been designed to “offer a Polish perspective on key issues” and announced last year – sparking concerns about propaganda given the state of press freedom in the country, as Notes from Poland emphasised at the time.

More from The Fix: Polish government moves in on media

Newsletter platform Substack has generated notable news this week.

First, the company announced it has passed a threshold of one million paid subscribers. That’s up from just 250,000 subscribers less than a year ago. While it’s still 7.5 times less than New York Times has, the number puts Substack on par with most major publishers.

Speaking of being compared with publishers, Substack also announced a health insurance program for its writers. Authors residing in the US and making over $5,000 in gross annualized revenue from subscriptions will be eligible for a $500 healthcare stipend. 

More from The Fix: The “Substack obsession” is not really an obsession with Substack 

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