Text of report by Belarusian state-owned broadcaster First TV Channel, on 2 April
[Presenter] The Belarus-TV international satellite channel has started broadcasting to North America. Starting from today, more than 2m aerials have the capacity to receive the Belarus-TV signal. As a result, the channel’s viewership has increased by 10m in the USA and Canada alone. The potential audience of Belarus-TV in the North American continent is as high as 90m. Entry into the North American media market has allowed the TV channel to increase its global audience to 200m people.
[Valeryy Radutski, captioned as chief director of Belarus-TV channel] Today we received an official press release from our partners - the Globecast company, a subsidiary of France Telecom - that the Belarus-TV channel started broadcasting to North American territory. We are very pleased with this - that that we have stepped into a different hemisphere, especially because there is a huge audience out there, a huge Russian-language and Belarusian-language diaspora. We are pleased that we will be watched there, and they will see a truthful account of life in our native Belarus.
Apart from the United States, it will be possible to watch us - I have a small map here - in Canada, America, Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Belarus-TV channel becomes available to everyone on the Galaxy-25 satellite.
(Source: Belarusian television, Minsk, in Russian 1600 gmt 2 Apr 08 via BBC Monitoring)