(БНТ 1) is a Bulgarian-language public television station
founded in 1959 which began broadcasting
on December 26 the same year. The headquarters
are located in Sofia
. BNT 1 is run by the Bulgarian National Television
When it was initially launched, the channel was called simply Bulgarian Television
), as it was the only channel available. When a second state-owned channel was started in 1974, it was renamed to First Programme
), and later to "BT 1"
) (with BT
still referring to Bulgarian Television
). In 1991, BT 1 and BT 2 were given separate visual designs and were renamed respectively to Channel 1
) and Efir 2
). In this period, the channel was also referred to as BNT Channel 1
(Канал 1 на БНТ
), to show that it was operated by the BNT. On 14 September 2008 BNT Channel 1 changed its name once more, this time to "BNT 1"
in an effort to put all BNT channels under a single banner (e.g., the Plovdiv
TV Channel will become BNT Plovdiv). It is speculated that a future digital second channel by the BNT will similarly be called BNT 2
. The channel broadcasts sports like the UEFA Europa League
along whit bTV Action
. The channel, along whith TV7
holds the rights to the Bulgarian Football Championship
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