Obshchenatsional'noe Televidenie

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Obshchenatsional'noe Televidenie ( ONT, Russian: Общенациональное телевидение, All-National Television) is Belarus's second national television station. It was established on 15 February 2002 by decree of the President of Belarus. It replaced relays of Channel One and currently broadcasts most of the channel's content.

History[edit]

ONT was established by decree of the president on February 15, 2002. The channel used the frequencies formerly used by relayers of Channel One.

The Minsk Executive Committee officially registered ONT on March 19, 2002.

Broadcasts commenced on June 25, 2002, at 20:35. The first show seen on the new channel was Nashe Novosti (Our News), ONT's main news programme. The first edition was hosted by Alexander Averkov. Initially it relayed ORT's programming most of the time with significant differences in advertising breaks and news operation. As the years progressed, the channel added more original content.

Nashe Utro (Our Morning) first went on the air on February 3, 2004.

In 2007 it briefly attempted 24-hour broadcasting, but it lasted a short period of time.

In late 2009 ONT was expected to be given the rights to select Belarus entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 after a decision of president Alexander Lukashenko. On August 1, 2009 ONT got the rights to host the 2010 national selection.

On October 9, 2013, ONT launched a second channel broadcasting exclusively to the internet, ONT.BY, airing ONT's original productions.

Programming[edit]

ONT relays most of Channel One's shows, such as Vremya, Pole Chudes, Smak, Zhdi Menya (Wait For Me) among others, as well as having a significant amount of local productions like the nightly news bulletin Nashe Novosti (Our News), which airs directly after Vremya, morning talk-show Nashe Utro (Our Morning), a local version of Chto? Gde? Kogda?, among others.

When Channel One shows are broadcast, a dual logo, consisting of Channel One's logo on top of ONT's is used.

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