Belsat TV broadcasts to Belarus now feature primetime news bulletins in Russian from the BBC.
The bulletins consist of selected topics relevant and timely for viewers in the country, with the BBC story of the day being introduced live by a presenter in the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London.
Commenting on the development, BBC World Service Europe region editor, Artyom Liss, said: “We are very pleased to be able to bring our journalism to Belsat’s audiences. The BBC is well known for its accurate, independent and unbiased news coverage which, I am sure, will be of great interest to viewers in Belarus.”
Poland-based Belsat TV was created in 2007 by a group of Belarusian and Polish journalists as part of public broadcaster TVP, in partnership with Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several European governments and foundations.
Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, Belsat TV’s Director, added: “It’s great that we can start our cooperation with such a renowned company as the BBC and further improve our ability to serve the needs of our viewers in Belarus and neighbouring countries. I also believe that our new relationship with the BBC is a sign of recognition for the professionalism of Belarus- and Russia-based journalists who work with us, often in very difficult conditions.”
The BBC’s TV news content in Russian is available via the website bbc.com/russian, Moscow-based TV Rain and its website tvrain.ru, and on some of the BBC Russian social-media channels.
In addition to the website, bbc.com/russian, the BBC connects with its Russian-speaking audiences via social media such as Facebook,VKontakte, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram, Google+, LiveJournal and OK.ru.