Poland wants EC to help fund BelSat
May 31st, 2011 - 16:58 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Warsaw, 31 May: The Polish Foreign Ministry will support Polish television (TVP) strivings for additional funds for BelSat Television from the European Commission [EC], if the need arises, spokesperson for the ministry Marcin Bosacki said Tuesday [31 May]. Spokesperson for Polish Television (TVP) Joanna Stepien-Rogalinska said Monday that TVP CEO Juliusz Braun would soon ask the EC for additional funds for Belsat TV.

The Polish Foreign Ministry is the main source of financing Belsat TV, Belarusian language satellite television. “This year we set aside PLN 19 million for the purpose. We are keen on developing information programmes to ensure Belarusians the best possible access to information,” Bosacki stressed. A spokesperson for TVP wrote in a statement sent to PAP on Tuesday that it lacks funds for increasing BelSat TV budget.

BelSat TV Director Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy stressed that the channel had not demanded more funds from public television. She said that she was glad with the TVP CEO initiative, but doubted if it could help as attempts to involve the EC in financing BelSat TV had been going on for three years.