Radio Bulgaria welcomes the 88th birthday of the Bulgarian People’s Republic with three nominations for “Syrak Skitnik”

Every day is special, but January 25 is especially solemn for all of us, the inhabitants of the Old House – we celebrate 88 years since the establishment of the Bulgarian National Radio. By tradition since 2001, the culmination of the celebration is the presentation of the annual awards of the BNR and the announcement of the winner of the Grand Prize “Sirak Skitnik”, named after the first director of the media – Panayot Todorov Hristov, known by his pseudonym Sirak Skitnik.

The solemn ceremony is tonight in the First Studio of the BNR and will be broadcast live on the bnr.bg website. and under the national Horizon program. Among the 24 nominees – journalists, broadcasts, radio programs, musicians and directorates, this year’s award winners will be determined in three categories: radio journalism, radio broadcast/radio project/multimedia project/musical project and the Orphan Wanderer Grand Award for significant contribution in the development of the Bulgarian National Radio. It is not without pride that we recall that it was “Radio Bulgaria”* that was last year’s winner of the Grand Prize “Orphan Wanderer” – a statuette of Vezhdi Rashidov. The recognition was given for the daily foreign language podcast “Bulgaria Today” in 9 languages, which was restored in 2021. The program in English, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Turkish, Greek, Serbian and Albanian is a unique and up to now product in the digital space with the variety of news, topics and Bulgarian music that represent our homeland as it is today.

“These sound emissions can be heard from the polar base of our Antarctic to the beaches of Cuba,” said the editor-in-chief of “Radio Bulgaria” Krasimir Martinov upon receiving the statuette. After professing pride in the stoicism of his colleagues, Martynov concluded by saying, “We’re moving forward!” And we did.

Over the past year, our program has continued to develop and enrich itself

We have acquired a new member in our media family – a Romanian edition and restored the sound program in Bulgarian, which is available on the page and every weekday from 19:00. Our efforts did not go unnoticed and the “Radio Bulgaria” team again received a nomination for the program “Bulgaria Today” and for the coverage of the parliamentary elections in 2022 among Bulgarians abroad. With which we also express our gratitude to you, our listeners and interlocutors from all over the world, because once again we proved that together we are a good team “Bulgaria”.

The team of the Russian editorial team of “Radio Bulgaria” deservedly received a nomination for the Grand Prize “Orphan Wanderer” this year.

In the extremely difficult and unpredictable months of the war in Ukraine Desislava Semkovska, Snezhana Nikiforova, Elena Paskalova, Maria Atanasova and Vilhelm Baltajiyan adhered to the main principle in their work – maximum correct, complete and fact-based content. They were available for help with translation, commentary or history of their colleagues from the various BNR programs and were able to pass on verified information from both sides of the war.

“The nomination is a recognition that we collectively deserved, trying to inform our users in as much detail, in a timely manner and at a high linguistic level,” says Vilhelm Baltajian, the “freshest addition” to the Russian editorial team. “only” for 22 years. On April 1, 1995, the official broadcast of Russian-language programs on Radio Bulgaria began with a sense of humor in the serious workday. Today, the page is one of the most read and listened to on our site. “Our users are quite broad-minded and interested in a wide variety of topics and areas,” Willy explains to us.

“Eventually we are “Radio Bulgaria” and our main task is to spread information about what is happening in Bulgaria, what a person, a foreigner, can expect, arriving on a visit here. We aim to be as detailed and comprehensive as possible about everything that happens. And it attracts the attention of people from all over the world. The language extends the scope of this information beyond specific state boundaries.”

In the “Radio Journalism” category, our colleague music editor Albena Bezovska was nominated.

For the last three decades, her creative path has been connected with “Radio Bulgaria”. A professional with an incredible sense of music that translates the Bulgarian soul to all languages ​​and continents. And what is unique about the work of Radio Bulgaria, according to Albena, is the collective spirit and mutual assistance, which depends on the best that we will offer to our audience. The nomination is extremely emotional for her:

“First of all, it is extremely nice to receive recognition from your colleagues, because these are the people you have worked with every day, for years, and know each other very well. I often made it difficult for my fellow translators with musical terms or with hard-to-translate Bulgarian customs, rituals, names of ritual objects, but despite the difficulties we learned a lot from each other and it was always very pleasant.”

And the wish to her professional family is simple and from the heart:

I would like to wish a lot of courage to all colleagues, because we have gone through many trials and are going beyond the creative nature of work. I want to wish them not to lose their taste, their joy in work, regardless of the sleepless nights and the numerous sacrifices that each of us has had to make and has to make in our personal life or in our personal time. And above all – to be healthy!”

The year 2023 marks the 140th anniversary of Sirak Skitnik’s birth and the 80th anniversary of his death. Bulgarian National Radio will mark the anniversaries with a series of initiatives and events, the first of which is the Grand Orphan Orphan Award ceremony tonight.

See more about the history of Radio Bulgaria HERE

*In its original form, “Radio Bulgaria” appeared on February 16, 1936. Since 1992, the BNR’s broadcasts abroad have been called “Radio Bulgaria”, and since May 2004, their team has been maintaining the BNR’s multilingual website on the Internet. Today, the program provides current news in text, picture, and since last year also in sound, about public life, work and business opportunities, about tourist trips and vacations, about significant public, cultural and sports events and events from Bulgaria, of interest to a foreign audience, part of which are foreign citizens living in our country or visiting our country. The biggest fans of “Radio Bulgaria” are the Bulgarian communities abroad.

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