TS News - New Channel For Belarus

TELE-satellit News, 10 January 1997

New Channel For Belarus
  MINSK, Belarus, 97/01/10 (OMRI) -- President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has
announced that a second state TV channel will go on the air in 1997, ORT
reported on 8 January. The new channel is to broadcast on the frequency
used currently by ORT, Russian television, which transmits to 93% of the
country and has the largest TV audience in Belarus.

  The government has justified taking over the frequency by saying that ORT
has failed to pay broadcasting fees. One of the most likely candidates to
head the new Belarusian channel is Ivan Pashkevich, who advocates phasing
out ORT over the next 18 months and then retaining only the most popular
shows. Lukashenka has said he is unhappy about Russian media criticism of
him and his policies. He has also complained that Russian TV is popular in
Belarus and not under his control.

  By: Ustina Markus
  Source: This material was reprinted with permission of the Open
      Media Research Institute, a nonprofit organization with
      research offices in Prague, Czech Republic.
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