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  • “I can’t believe it.” Belsat TV director announces huge cuts in channel’s budget

    Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, Director of Belsat, stated that the TV channel’s budget was reduced by almost 50%. She emphasized that no institution could endure such a significant reduction.

    Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy. Photo credit: BelaPAN

    “I can’t believe it,” wrote Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy on her Facebook page. “We received a nice present for Women’s Day – a de facto liquidation.”

    She explained that Belsat is mainly funded by the Polish Foreign Ministry. Last year’s budget was 74 million zlotys, with 63 million from the MFA and 11 million from TVP. This year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide 40 million, while TVP will not contribute due to a lack of funds.

    The director of Belsat believes that no institution, especially one that manages money very efficiently, can withstand almost 50% budget cuts.

    Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy listed the Belsat’s work areas:

    • Belarusian newsroom;
    • Russian newsroom;
    • Editing of programs;
    • Internet news portal in Belarusian;
    • Online news portal “VotTak” in Russian;
    • Polish language online news portal;
    • English language online news portal;
    • Program preparation and curatorship;
    • Social media department;
    • YouTube support department;
    • Teletechnics and informatics department;
    • Economics department;
    • Audience analytics department.
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