In the wake of the meeting with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Belsat TV Director Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy has made a comment on the future of the channel.
“I believe that you will share my joy over the news I want to spread: Prime Minister has assured me that there is no threat to Belsat TV. Over the next month the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Belsat TV will be establishing further principles of cooperation,” Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy said on Facebook.
In mid-December, Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy told portal Wpolityce.pl with reference to unofficial information that the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs intended to reduce financing Belsat TV by 2/3 and stop its broadcast in the Belarusian language. On a practical level, such changes would mean the closure of Belsat, the only independent Belarusian-language TV channel, which has become a permanent support of public opinion and national identity of Belarusians.
On December 18, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Wazczykowski voiced the ministry’s plans of Belsat TV transition to a web mode and its journalists’ transfer to TVP Polonia.
Ambiguous information on the closure of the channel caused a massive public outcry and garnered media coverage in Belarus and Poland. Belsat TV Director has granted a number of interviews to Polish media outlets, in which she explained why the liquidation of the TV station would be inappropriate and unwise.