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Belsat TV
Biełsat TV.jpg
Launched10 December 2007; 11 years ago (2007-12-10)
Owned byTelewizja Polska
Picture format4:3/16:9 576i (SDTV)
SloganBelsat - your right to choose (Белсат – тваё права выбару)
Broadcast areaBelarus, Europe
HeadquartersWarsaw, Poland
Astra 4A12303 H / 25546 / 7/8 (SD / FTA)
VectraChannel 817
Streaming media
belsat.euWatch live

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.


The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has called Belsat a "stupid, uncongenial and unfriendly project".[1]

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[2] 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.[3][2][4]


Further reading[edit]

  • Dempsey, Judy (April 23, 2011). "From Poland, Satellite TV Tries to Pierce the Belarus Media Muzzle". The New York Times.
  • Fairclough, Gordon (January 29, 2011). "Dissent Hits Belarus Via Warsaw". The Wall Street Journal.
  • Dempsey, Judy (January 21, 2013). "Cutting Red Tape on the E.U.'s Road to Change". The New York Times.
  • Applebaum, Anne (December 21, 2010). "In Belarus, a slide toward Eastern aggression". The Washington Post.
  • Gera, Vanessa (September 2, 2012). "Poles help people of Belarus, recalling own past". Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013.
  • Easton, Adam (January 19, 2011). "Poland leads EU push for change in Belarus". BBC News.the BBC
  • Kuokkanen, Markus (May 11, 2012). "Joke is on dictator in Belarussian dissident media". Washington Times.
  • Mackinnon, Amy (Mar 6, 2017). "Why Europe’s Last Dictator May Suddenly Need Uncensored TV". Coda Story


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