Anchor From Kyiv to Deliver News to Refugees

German broadcaster already plans to expand 'Ukraine Update'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 19, 2022 5:35 PM CDT
Anchor From Kyiv to Deliver News to Refugees
Ukrainian anchor Karolina Ashion poses Saturday in the RTL television studio in Cologne, Germany.   (Stefan Gregorowius/RTL via AP)

German broadcaster RTL has hired a Ukrainian presenter to host a daily news show for others who have fled their homeland after the Russian invasion. The commercial broadcaster said Karolina Ashion will present a 10-minute Ukrainian-language news program Mondays to Fridays addressed to the almost 200,000 people who have already arrived in Germany from Ukraine in the past month. Ashion only made it to Germany about a week ago herself, the AP reports, following an arduous journey from Kyiv via Moldova and Romania.

"We want to reach the people who are fleeing right now, who have to leave their home country, who may not speak English, and that's why we are making a news offer in Ukrainian," said Malte Baumberger, the project manager for RTL's Ukraine Update program. "So that these people can find out what is going on in their country right now and what is the political situation." Her male colleagues, who aren't allowed to leave Ukraine if they are between the ages of 18 and 60, are still broadcasting out of a bomb shelter in the country's capital, she said.

“My life has changed completely," Ashion said. “But I'm Ukrainian, and I want to be like a voice of freedom for people, for all the people suffering from this" war. RTL said it is already planning on expanding the Ukraine Update news offer by hiring more Ukrainian journalists. The show is available via various RTL and N-TV online platforms and YouTube.

(Read more Russia-Ukraine conflict stories.)

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