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HD broadcasting on Belarusian TV channels by 2020

The introduction of high-definition TV and increasing internet content for print media is the priority tasks of the Belarusian press. The results of the industry and future plans were discussed on February 4 in Minsk.

A board meeting of the Ministry of Information has gathered representatives of TV channels, major media outlets and news agencies. Over a thousand print media, more than two hundred television and radio programs are registered in Belarus in total.

The year 2015 was full of significant events. The Normandy 4 summit in Minsk, media forums and media exhibitions as well as the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the WWII victory. The Belarusian press covered widely the 2015 presidential elections. But, as the Minister of Information noted, one should pay closer attention to the amount of content in the media.

Lilia Ananich, Minister of Information of the Republic of Belarus:
Today TV is not just TV. Television today is a tablet, a computer, and a satellite. Therefore, the ability to work in all environments is a task that will be placed for electronic media.
The introduction of high-definition television is another task for our national TV channels for the years 2016-2020. If we talk about print media, large national newspapers have very good economics. They are self-sustainable. And today the print media will strengthen their efforts to disseminate information in all environments.

Despite the development of Internet broadcasting, according to the results of a poll, over 60% of the audience today belongs to television, then go online and print media. 58% of Belarusians trust Belarusian TV channels. Russian media are second followed by foreign TV channels.

And, as noted at the board meeting, each year the emphasis should be made on the reliability and objectivity of the information in media coverage.

Natalia Kochanova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
It is important that our media spread objective, accurate information to the citizens of our country. After all, the problems we have today will constitute our future.
Of course, I would like to see more children's programs, TV programs about our cities, about our infrastructure. Because for us, the development of tourism in Belarus is very important.

According to results of work in 2015, the meeting bestowed special badges on some heads of news agencies, print media and television stations. 

Lilia Ananich, Minister of Information of the Republic of Belarus