About the channel
Belsat TV is a satellite television channel for Belarusian viewers. It is the only Belarusian language television channel that is entirely independent of the government of Belarus. Belsat TV programs are prepared by Belarusians, in Belarus. Belsat TV was formed in 2007 in Poland by a group of Belarusian and Polish journalists. Established in partnership with Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belsat TV became part of Telewizja Polska S.A., Polish Public Television (TVP). So far, funding for Belsat TV has come primarily from the Polish Ministry if Foreign Affairs, but also from Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
According to a poll conducted in May 2014 by the research center SATIO, approx. 400 thousand residents of Belarus watch Belsat TV, out of a population of 7.5 million adult citizens in that country. Belsat TV is a Belarusian language channel overall. Belsat TV anchors and reporters use only Belarusian, but other persons who appear on Belsat TV, such as studio guests or those who are being interviewed in the field, speak either Belarusian or Russian, whichever language they feel most comfortable with. While the Minsk regime pursues a policy of Russification, Belsat promotes active use and further development of the Belarusian language, without dividing the society or excluding anyone. Belsat TV broadcasts 18 hours a day all year round. More than 100 associates from all over Belarus prepare original content for the channel.