Investment - In Brief


International Jewish News 1 launched on September 21, 2011. Jewish News 1 (JN1) is a new 24-hour Brussels-based English-language channel offering news from a Jewish perspective. The channel, which currently has studios in Tel Aviv, Brussels and Kyiv, plans to air in seven further languages, including Hebrew, French, Italian, Russian and German, later. It also has plans to open studios in Washington, Paris and London over the next few months. JN1, which will be broadcast via satellite (Astra) to Europe, North America and the Middle East, has secured carriage with Israeli DTH pay TV operator Yes, according to local Israeli reports. Competing in particular with Al Jazeera’s English-language channel, the channel is backed by Igor Kolomoisky (one of a number of Ukrainian businessmen behind the country’s Privat Group industrial conglomerate) and Vadim Rabinovich (another Ukrainian businessman, and president of the Arsenal Kyiv football club), respectively the president and vice-president of the European Jewish Union. The pair has reportedly invested US$5 million (€3.6 million) in the venture. JN1 has 12 correspondents deployed in six countries. Selection of reporters is to be completed in the next few days. For people elsewhere, there will be an online version and a format available on the Apple iPad. The US broadcast will start later via satellite.

Congo-Kinshasa on 17 Sept. 2011: media ‘La Prospérité’ reported that Radio Lisanga Télévision (RLTV close to the government’s opposition party) from Roger Lumbala is operational again after the sever fire that destructed part of the station back on 5 Sept. 2011.