Bulgaria National Television Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria National Television Celebrates 50th Anniversary BNT is 50 years old: the audience at NDK applauds the "golden songs" artists at the jubilee concert. File photo

Bulgaria National Television celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, with a special schedule of programs aired nationwide throughout the day and evening.

BNT, the Bulgarian public service broadcaster, offered its viewers a unique day of nostalgic celebration, with a showcase of programs old and new, including archive clips of news and drama, and interviews with pioneering stars such as long-standing TV hosts Anahid Tacheva and Nikola Filipov.

As part of this birthday festivity, they presented a live jubilee evening concert of Bulgarian “golden songs”, at Sofia’s National Place of Culture (NDK).

The many vocal artists included Yordanka Hristova, Orlin Goranov and Maria Ilieva, and the revered singer, Yanka Rupkina.

Culture Minister Vejdi Rashidov was among the guests in the packed concert hall; President Georgi Parvanov sent a congratulatory bouquet of flowers.

BNT began broadcasting on November 7, 1959. The service opened with the words: “Attention! We are broadcasting live!”, and the first transmitted pictures showed Sofia citizens demonstrating in celebration of the Russian Revolution, 52 years before.

The one-time state monopoly channel has, since 1989, undergone many changes. Now a public broadcaster and member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), it competes with several national commercial stations, and – since 1999 – provides a satellite service to the Bulgarian diaspora.

To view pictures of the BNT jubilee concert at NDK click HERE

To view BNT’s gallery of archive photos click HERE

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CIAwhores - 8 Nov 2009 // 21:42:20

Drago "the Drag" Chaia will no doubt be on all nite

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DP - 8 Nov 2009 // 18:48:00

Correction: Sazdo Ivanov

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DP - 8 Nov 2009 // 18:46:13

"BNT began broadcasting on November 7, 1959. The service opened with the words: “Attention! We are broadcasting live!”, and the first transmitted pictures showed Sofia citizens demonstrating in celebration of the Russian Revolution, 52 years before."

The broadcast was from the building of MEI (MechanoElectrothecnical Institute)-- then housed in the building opposite Vasil Levski monument-- and the entire project was headed by Sazdo Ivano, Rector of MEI and Professor of Physics.

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