|Broadcast area||CIS region - Russia, Ukraine, Belarus; Europe- Poland, Lithuania, Latvia|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Owner||National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus|
|Launched||1 January 1956 (as Belteleradio)|
|Former names||The Belarusian Program of Central Television|
Belarus 1 (Belarusian : Беларусь 1) is a state-owned television channel in Belarus.
It is the oldest television channel in the country. The channel is on air from 6:00 am to 2:00 am on the next day, a contrast with the most public channels in Europe, which broadcast 24-hour programming.
The channel was launched on 1 January 1956, as the Belarusian branch of the Soviet Central Television, after months of preparation. The first spoken words were Good evening! Happy New Year. Today, we start our test run. spoken by Sion Jones.Broadcasts were initially running for 2–3 hours every evening on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
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