aA
The National Radio and Television of Lithuania (LRT) is considering the possibility to halt satellite broadcasts of the LRT Lituanica channel for Lithuanians living abroad.
LRT
LRT
© DELFI / Valdas Kopūstas

The LRT management says such broadcasts are expensive, and there are also doubts on their benefit. The satellite services cost around 0.5 million euros a year.

A Vilmorus survey showed last year just 3.7 percent of Lithuanians living abroad watch LRT Lituanica's satellite broadcasts. Meanwhile, 69 percent said they have online access to LRT's contents.

"These numbers made us think that the money spent on the satellite services could be used better to ensure interests of Lithuanians living abroad, i.e., to create special contents for Lithuanians living abroad and increasing LRT Lituanica's accessibility online and through other digital means," Ruta Putnikiene, spokeswoman for LRT, told BNS Lithuania.

In her words, the existing contracts on satellite services have not been terminated yet, but a 2020 plan on all measures for Lithuanians living abroad is due to be presented at the LRT Council's meeting in late August and decisions will be made on further actions.

The national broadcaster also plans a special LRT Lituanica section on the lrt.lt website, dedicated for Lithuanians living abroad.

The LRT's budget for this year exceeds 41.5 million euros.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Lithuanian to open embassy in Australia

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to establish the country's embassy in Australia .

21 Venezuelan Lithuanians willing to move to Lithuania (2)

Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it's in contact with 21 Venezuelan Lithuanians...

4th Honorary Consulate opened in Australia

On 13 December, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Australia Gediminas Varvuolis opened the Honorary...

Lithuanian February 16 school in Germany picks new principle

The Lithuanian February 16 High School in Germany will be led by Rasa Weiss , board chairman of...

Nauseda vows to get back to dual citizenship issue "one way or another"

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has met with Lithuanians living in the United Kingdom and...

Top news

Lithuania declares nationwide emergency due to coronavirus threat

The Lithuanian government declared on Wednesday a nationwide emergency in an effort to minimize...

Installation of Chinese CCTV in Kaunas raises security concern

The installation of a CCTV system produced by Chinese company Hikvision in Lithuania's...

Police chief in Kaunas Zukauskas sacked

Darius Zukauskas , chief of Kaunas County Chief Police Commissariat , has been dismissed from the...

Lithuanian author long-listed for prestigious UK literary award

Noir Press announced that Lithuanian author Grigory Kanovich has just been long-listed for the...

Lithuanian model Ieva hits the London Fashion Week catwalk

A Lithuanian student from Kėdainiai swapped designing clothes for modelling them at one of the...