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Zhytomyr oblast's oldest newspaper closes down

29.12.2023, 14:28
Photo by Oksana Trokoz
Photo by Oksana Trokoz

The printed newspaper "Zhytomyrshchyna", which was founded in 1919, is closing down, announced on Facebook Bohdan Lisovsky, the media outlet's commercial director.

"'Zhytomyrschyna' is closing down due to the difficult financial climate, which entailed a significant drop in subscribers. This situation was also impacted by the 'draconian' rises in the price for mailmen's services and issues with the timely delivery of periodicals, increased prices for printing services and newsprint," he wrote.

He also noted that in the second half of the 20th century, the newspaper used to release six issues a week with a print run of 140,000 copies. At that time, 100 people worked in the office, 40 of whom were creative workers.

In his comment to Oksana Trokoz, the regional representative of the IMI, Bohdan Lisovsky said that recently, six people have been working in the editorial office and several more people were abroad.

"The team has applied for dismissal, all the property will be sold, the money will be distributed between all employees as salary debt," said Bohdan Lisovsky.

The IMI representative tried to get a comment from the newspaper's editor Hryhoriy Pavlov. His reception confirmed that the newspaper was shutting down, but said that the editor would not give interviews on this matter.

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