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|Launched||10 December 2007|
|Owned by||Telewizja Polska|
|Picture format||4:3/16:9 576i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||Belsat - your right to choose (Белсат – тваё права выбару)|
|Broadcast area||Belarus, Europe|
|Astra 4A||12303 H / 25546 / 7/8 (SD / FTA)|
Belsat TV (Belarusian: Белсат, Biełsat, English: Belsat) is a satellite television channel aimed at Belarus. It is intended to provide an alternative to the censorship of Belarusian state-run television. Its slogan is "Belsat - your right to choose". The channel broadcasts in Belarusian and Russian, and is intended to provide entertainment and news of a standard comparable to the major TV channels of East-Central Europe.
Belsat is run under the aegis of Polish state-run television company Telewizja Polska (TVP), and is based primarily in Poland, where there is a significant Belarusian minority. It started broadcasting on 10 December 2007. The channel is run by about 70 journalists located in Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania.
In September 2018, the former political activist Ivan Shyla was fired from Belsat after having posted a photo of Poland's president Andrzej Duda and US president Donald Trump on his Facebook page. The photo was accompanied by a critical comment which the top managers of Belsat, including personally its director Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, who commented on the Facebook post, characterized as Shyla's disloyalty to Belsat On the next day Ivan Shyla was removed from Belsat's editorial chats and received a message about his dismissal. The situation became a scandal and was covered by notable Belarusian and international media.
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- Mackinnon, Amy (Mar 6, 2017). "Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV". Coda Story
- (in Belarusian) "Лукашенко: Независимый телеканал - "глупый, бестолковый и недружественный" проект". TUT.BY. 26 March 2007.
- Polish leader resists view that he was disrespected by Trump - Washington Post, 23 September 2018 г.
- Івана Шылу звольнілі з Белсата за жарт з прэзідэнта Польшчы ў фэйсбуку [Ivan Shyla fired from Belsat for a Facebook joke about the Polish president] - Nasha Niva, 20 September 2018
- Pracownik Biełsatu zwolniony po tym, jak pokazał zdjęcie Dudy przy biurku Trumpa [Belsat employee fired after posting photo of Duda at Trump's desk] - Gazeta Wyborcza, 21 September 2018 г.
- Belsat TV at LyngSat Address
- Belsat.TV on Facebook
- Belsat TV on VK.com
- Belsat TV on odnoklassniki.ru
- Belsat TV on Twitter
- Belsat TV on Livejournal
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