The Basque TV Channel unite the Basque Country with the U.S.A. and Canada
The Lehendakari has visited the Euskal Etxea in New York, at the point of celebrating its 100th anniversary
One year ago, during his visit to Boise (Idaho), the Lehendakari, Patxi López, announced that the ETB will begin broadcasting in the U.S. Today, during his visit to the Euskal Etxea in New York, as part of the business mission currently travelling along the East Coast, ETB presented the offer of the Basque TV channel, available to Basque-Americans throughout the U.S. and Canada, which the Lehendakari has defined as a “means of communication” that will enable us “to open up the Basque Country to the world and thereby draw the world to the Basque Country”.
At the point of celebrating its 100th anniversary, last night, the Euskal Etxea in New York provided the venue for a gathering of Basques from either side of the Atlantic who wished to become acquainted with the new features that ETB has prepared for citizens of Basque origin in the U.S. and Canada. The Basque TV channel will be available throughout North America and viewers can tune in via the Galaxy 23 satellite. This represents a new step for public television, in terms of improving its services and attending to Basques residing overseas.
Before a considerable number of representatives of the Basque community in New York, the Lehendakari, Patxi López, drew attention to the importance of increasing the coverage of ETB in North America, as Basque-Americans “are a fundamental part of the Basque Country and they should also be able to enjoy our television, which is the television of everyone”. The Basque TV Channel must become a “means of communication” between Basques on either side of the Atlantic, whilst reaching out “to those who are not Basques”. The Lehendakari explained that as a result of the expansion of ETB’s coverage “American and Canadian societies will be able to draw closer to the Basque reality and become acquainted with our current issues, our way of life, our culture and our gastronomy”. “Opening up the Basque Country to the world and thereby drawing the world to the Basque Country”, he added.
In this sense, the Lehendakari stressed the importance of Basque collectives overseas, “a living element that we must nurture and promote,” as “a meeting point for Basque-Americans, a place to acquire information or entertainment, a centre for activities and for the promotion of the Basque language and culture”. “Today we are here to strengthen this relationship. To tell you that we are by your side and that you can continue to count on us”, he concluded.