UA:PBC Countdown Show Anchor Awarded the 2021 Georgiy Gongadze Prize
May 21 – Myroslava Barchuk, anchor of UA:PBC’s flagship political talk show Countdown, was named the winner of the Georgiy Gongadze award for 2021. Among the finalists were Marichka Paplauskayte (Reporters.Media) and Borys Davydenko (Liga.net). The award announcement was made on May 21, the birthday of the late journalist Georgiy Gongadze.
Countdown broadcasts during the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections attracted an audience of 12 million viewers, and media monitoring experts called Countdown the most balanced and neutral of all pre-election talk shows on Ukraine’s national TV channels. The Countdown show is supported by USAID’s Media Program in Ukraine, implemented by Internews.
Gongadze was a Ukrainian journalist and film maker who was kidnapped and murdered in 2000. He founded the online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda along with Olena Prytula in 2000. The Georgiy Gongadze award was established in 2019 by Ukrainian PEN in partnership with the Alumni Association of Kyiv-Mohyla Business School and Ukrayinska Pravda. All journalists who have worked in journalism in Ukraine for five years are eligible. The amount of the award is 100,000 hryvnia ($3,700 USD).
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