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Presently Bulgarian National Television operates on the basis of the Law for Radio and Television from 1998. It is a national public broadcasting station. It has four regional centers situated in the cities of Blagoevgrad, Varna, Plovdiv and Russe. Since July 19, 2001 BNT has been a licensed nationwide communication operator and TV broadcaster with its Channel 1 as well as the regional stations’ programs – “Pirin”, “More”, “Plovdiv” and “Sever”.
The first broadcasting in Bulgaria was the live transmission of the parade on the occasion of the anniversary of October Revolution which was held on September 9 Square (now called Alexander Batenberg Square) in 1959. In 1974 a second BNT channel was launched. It was created especially for the purpose of promoting cultural programs. On June 1, 1993 the First Program was given the name “Channel 1” and the Second Program – “Efir 2”. In May, 1999 BNT started broadcasting the “TV Bulgaria” Satellite Channel. On October 4, 1998 after the closing down of “Efir 2” BNT continued fulfilling its obligations as a public media through the Channel 1 24-hour program schedule and TV Bulgaria Satellite Channel.
TV Bulgaria is a unique television channel which broadcasts 100 % Bulgarian programs. It transmitted on EUTELSAT and covers the whole territory of Europe, most of Ukraine, the European parts of Russia, Western Asia, Northern Africa and Northern America.
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