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13 Feb 2020

Belarus’ new channel to go on air in 2021

Belarus’ new channel to go on air in 2021
Ivan Eismont. An archive photo

MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) – The new news channel might be launched in Belarus in 2021, Chairman of the National State Television and Radio Company Ivan Eismont told the First National Channel of the Belarusian Radio on 13 February, BelTA has learned.

“Journalists asked me what kind of channel this will be. I said that this channel could be compared to Euronews or BBC. Everyone wrote afterwards that we are going to establish a BBC in Belarus. In reality, we are going to create a Belarusian information channel based on our needs and capacities. A concept has already been developed. This matter is in the works right now. I think we will be able to enjoy this channel next year,” Ivan Eismont said.

According to him, this will be a traditional television channel specializing in news and analytics. “In line with our plans, this channel will be on air from early morning till late at night. It is highly likely that each news item will be repeated for several one-hour cycles until it is changed to accommodate new information or displaced by fresh stories. It will also accommodate interviews, video blogs, staple programs and sections. It is obvious that there is a deficit of information for debate, diversity of opinions, and simply television slots. The Belarus 1 channel broadcasts about a dozen news programs a day. This is obviously not enough. We have much more information around us, both in Belarus and worldwide. We want to deliver this information to the audience,” Ivan Eismont said.

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