Ukranian television channel Jewish News One will no longer cover Jewish news stories.
With offices in both Israel and Ukraine, Jewish News 1 began broadcasting in 2011, in both Russian and English. Founded by the Ukranian Jewish businessmen Igor Kolomoysky and Vadim Rabinovich, JN1 is a 24 hour Ukrainian network which specializes in reporting on Jewish news as well as the general news. It has already ended its coverage of live news and has been airing only archive materials for weeks.
The news channel is available on line and on cable television in Europe. In January, Rabinovich accused the former Ukrainian President Yanukoyvich of attempting to take over the station.
It is believed that current political turmoil in Ukraine, coupled with the launch of a new all Jewish news channel in France, have led JN1’s owners to the realization that their channel should become a solely Ukrainian news network.
Vadim Zinov’evich Rabonovich is a fifty year old Ukranian media mogul. He serves as the president of the Ukrainian Jewish Parliament and the vice president of the European Jewish Union.
Starting with a furniture import business, Rabinovich moved on to the export of natural gas from Ukraine. After he was convicted of various crimes there and stripped of his citizenship, Rabinovich moved to Israel and became an Israeli citizen. But later his convictions were overturned and his Ukranian citizenship restored. In 1999 he created the United Jewish Community of Ukraine.
Rabinovich donated a golden menorah to Jerusalem’s Western Wall Plaza and helped finance the reconstruction of the Jerusalem Old City’s Hurva Synagogue. A plaza in front of the synagogue was named for him when he was mistakenly reported as having been killed in a bombing. However, in Israel such public places may only be named for the deceased so a local court ordered that the name be changed.
Mr. Rabinovich is currently a candidate for the Ukrainian Presidency.
Igor Kolomoysky is said to be the second wealthiest man in Ukraine. He is the governor of its Dniprpetrovsk Oblast region. The 51 year old billionaire has dual Ukrainian/Israeli citizenship.
The co founder of PrivatBank, Kolomoysky also has investments in finance, oil and mass media. He also owns the asset management company Mansvell Enterprises Limited.
With an estimated fortune of $2.4 billion , Kolomoysky is an important supporter of the Ukranian Jewish community and is the president of the United Jewish Community of Ukraine. He has, however, been accused of using bully tactics in maintaining his empire.