Svetoslav Kostov – Director General
Svetoslav Kostov has a master’s degree in “Bulgarian language and French language” from the University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski” and has specialized journalism. He has completed an internship at Radio France Internationale (RFI). He is a lecturer in radio journalism at the Bulgarian National Radio’s Academy Master Classes, and lectures in “radio journalism” and “sports commentary” at the “Vassil Levski” National Sports Academy.
Svetoslav Kostov started his professional career as a reporter for the “Plovdivski Novini” (Plovdiv News) paper in 1995. At Radio Vesselina (Plovdiv) he was head of the “Sports” department. Since 1998 he has been working at the BNR, first at Radio Plovdiv, then at Horizont – the national radio’s news and current affairs channel - where he has worked as a reporter, news editor, commentator, anchor of current affairs and entertainment programmes. As anchor of popular shows like “People, roads, cars” and “Sports and music”, he has become a household name. He has been producer of “Current Affairs and Sports” at Horizont. In the 2016-2019 period, Svetoslav Kostov was Director of the regional radio station Radio Sofia.
Galya Trencheva has a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of National and World Economy.
She has over 10 years of experience in law, legal sciences and project management and knows in detail the working mechanisms of the state administrative structures and the functioning of the European and the Bulgarian legal systems.
Between 2017 and 2019 she has worked as a Legal Advisor at the Legal and Human Resources Department of the Bulgarian National Radio.
Dimitar Dimitrov has a Master’s Degree in Law from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski ".
As a Legal Associate and a Junior Attorney at a leading law firm in Sofia he has an expertise in law, legal sciences and project management. Untill his election as a Member of BNR’s Executive Board he has worked as an Attorney at Law in the fields of: Intellectual Property Law, Competition Law, Family & Inheritance Law, Litigation, Penal Law and Criminal Procedure.
Maria Markova has a Master's degree in Bulgarian Philology from Shumen University "Bishop Constantine Preslavski" and a Master's degree in International Relations from Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar".
She has over 25 years of experience in communications and media. She has worked as a Radio Host and from 1998 to 2001 she was a Correspondent for the Bulgarian National Radio in Targovishte.
Maria Markova was in charge of the Press Office of the Ministry of Economy (2001 - 2003) and of the Press Office of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (2009 - 2011). She was Media Adviser to the Deputy Minister of Economy (2014-2016) and most recently Media Consultant of the National Association of the Municipalities of the Republic of Bulgaria and of the Center for Human Resources Development.
Stefan Tashev has a Master's degree in Bulgarian Philology from Veliko Tarnovo University "St. St. Cyril and Methodius".
A well-known journalist with more than 25 years of experience as a Correspondent, Crime Reporter, Head of Department and Deputy Editor-in-Chief in the newspapers Democracy, 24 hours and Press. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the website breaking.bg.
Martin Minkov - Programme director
Born in 1955. Graduated the Saint Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia.
He joined the BNR in 1979. Reporter, editor, anchor of information and analytical shows, foreign politics commentator, editor-in-chief of Horizont channel and Deputy Director General of BNR in 1997. Long-time correspondent for the BNR at Skopje, Macedonia.
Director of Radio Express.
Winner of awards of the BNR, the Union of Bulgarian Journalists, winner of the award for outstanding contribution to the development of radio journalism at the Silver Wave Festival in Albena in 2002.
In the spring of 2012 he set up and managing the team of the regional radio station in Burgas - the youngest regional radio station of the BNR.
BNR Programme director since July 1, 2016.
Phone: 02 9336 342
Ivailo Savov – director of HORIZONT channel
Ivailo Savov was born on July 2, 1955 in the city of Shumen. He graduated from Bulgarian Philology at Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen. He is a professor of radio communications, radio systems and radio programming at the same university and one of the founders of the journalism major at the academic institution.
Ivailo Savov’s journalistic career started back in 1981 as a news reporter and reporter and host of youth programs in Radio Shumen. In the period 1985-1992 he worked as a correspondent of the BNR, and in the period 1992 to 2011 he was the head of the Shumen regional channel of the Bulgarian National Radio.
In the period July 2012 - August 2017, he was a member of the Commission for Protection against Discrimination, having expert knowledge in the spheres of: nationality, citizenship, origin, religion and belief, personal status, human genome and exercising the right to work.Ivailo Savov has almost 20 years of management experience as a director, a member of the BNR Council of Directors, a member of the BNR Program Committee and a member of the Public Council of the Bulgarian National Television.
Phone: 02 9336 447
Dr. Kiril Kalev - director of HRISTO BOTEV channel
Kiril Kalev was born on 18 November, 1954 in Sofia. He graduated engineering at the Technical University in Magdeburg, Germany, where he earned a PhD. In the course of six years, Kiril Kalev was research associate at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and from 1986 until 1992 he was science, technology and environment editor at the Bulgarian National Radio’s Hristo Botev channel. Kiril Kalev is one of the founders of the first commercial radio station in Bulgaria, FM+ and was its executive director from 1992 to 1997. From 1997 until 2001 he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Austria.
In the 2001-2016 period he was engaged in the sphere of management, corporate communication, business and personal development with Bulgarian and international companies. He is a certified and accredited business coach with the International Coach Federation. Since 2013 Kiril Kalev has been visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski.In 2007 and in 2013 he was awarded diplomas of honour by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture for his contribution to the development of Bulgarian culture; in 2003 Kiril Kalev received the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.
Phone: 02 9336 456
Roselina Petkova – Director of Radio Sofia
Roselina Petkova was born on 10 October, 1991. She has graduated “Sociology” from New Bulgarian University. She has worked as reporter, editor, producer of current affairs programmes and anchor at different media – news agencies and radio stations – and news anchor at one of Bulgaria’s leading TV stations. Roselina Petkova has completed a master class at The Guardian in London.
Director of Radio Sofia since 3 July, 2019.
Phone 02 9336 321
Elisaveta Kamenichka – director of RADIO BLAGOEVGRAD
Born on August 29, 1959. Graduated the Neophyte Rilski Southwestern University in Blagoevgrad with a master’s degree in Business Management. Journalist and advertising manager at Pirinsko Delo newspaper in Blagoevgrad.
Head of Advertising at Radio Blagoevgrad since 1996.
Director of the Blagoevgrad regional radio station of the BNR since 2007.
Phone: 073 885 354
Fax: 073 88 53 54
Kiril Kostadinov – director of RADIO BURGAS
Kiril Kostadinov is an audio visual engineer. He has graduated the Saint Petersburg State University for Cinema and Television and has specialized at the training and qualification centres of Radio Netherlands and Deutsche Welle. Kiril Kostadinov has been technical director and film editor at Rent TV. As chief engineer of Glarus Radio he carried through the digitalization of the first 100 percent digital radio in Bulgaria.
Kiril Kostadinov has been chief engineer of Radio Burgas since its launch – one of the BNR’s most modern sound recording studio complexes was constructed there under his management.
Kiril Kostadinov has been Director of Radio Burgas since 1 July, 2016.
Phone: 056 825982
Fax: 056 825979
Natalia Cheshmedzhieva – Director of RADIO VARNA
Natalia Cheshmedzhieva has an MSc in communications and security technology and systems at the Technical University, Varna and an MA in journalism and PR communications at the Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar”. She has qualified in “Radio in the conditions of a stagnant market and powerful competition” and “Marketing, format and positioning of local radio” at the Media Development Centre.
From 1994 until 2001 she was head of the “Music and Production” department, music producer, author and anchor at Radio Varna; from 2002 until 2005 – editor-in-chief and head of the “Programme” department at Radio Varna. From 2005 until 2010 she headed Public Relations at Varna Free University.
Since 29 November, 2016 Natalia Cheshmedzhieva has been director of Radio Varna.
Phone: 052 664 444
Ognjan Parvulov – director of RADIO VIDIN
Born on August 18, 1973. Graduated the Nancho Popovich High School in Mathematics in Shumen. He has a master’s degree in radio and television technology from the Technical University in Varna.
He joined the BNR in 1998. Chief engineer of Radio Shumen since 2004.
Director of Radio Vidin since the opening of the regional radio station in 2009.
Phone: 094 691 777
Chavdar Karishev – director of RADIO PLOVDIV
Born on May 6, 1960. Graduated St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University. Freelancer for Plovdiv-based newspapers “Glas” (Voice) and "Dimitrovsko zname” (Dimitrov’s flag). Since 1989, editor at Information section and host of news and music programs.
From 1992 to 1995, editor-in-chief of Radio Plovdiv and since 1997 - Director of Radio Plovdiv of the BNR. Member of the Management Board of the BNR for one mandate (2001-2004).
Since 2004 again director of Radio Plovdiv.
Phone: 032 632 841
Lubomir Cheshmedjiev – director of RADIO STARA ZAGORA
Born on August 2, 1956. Graduated the Cyril and Methodius University in Veliko Tarnovo. He works at Radio Stara Zagora since 1983.
Director of Radio Stara Zagora since November 1997.
Anatoly Velikov – Director Economy
Born on 31 May, 1975, Anatoly Velikov graduated “Law” from the Technical University of Varna, and has a master’s degree in “Public Administration” from the St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo and a master’s degree in “Financial Control” from the Dimitar A. Tsenov Academy of Economics, Svishtov.
Anatoly Velikov has worked in different departments of the Ministry of Finance for more than 10 years, including as Director of the Directorate for Finance and Management of Property at the Ministry and Director of the Financial and Economic Activities Directorate of the Financial Supervision Commission. He has also been Finance and Administrative Director of the University of Forestry in Sofia, Director of the legal department and Secretary General of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, and Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Director Economy at the Economy Directorate of the Bulgarian National Radio since 10 July, 2019.
Born on March 4, 1961 in Isperih. He graduated from the Philip Kutev School of Music in the town of Kotel and the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv.
The musician, who has been called the world’s best kaval player, has developed his unique playing style, which mixes traditional folklore with jazz, classical and pop music. He implements original ideas, bringing together musicians from different genres.
He composes film and theatre music and works for a symphony orchestra and organ. He has collaborated with names such as Ennio Morricone, Carlo Siliotto. He has won many distinctions and awards: from the International Academy of Arts in Paris (1996); Musician of the Year Award (1997 and 2002); the Statuette of Apollo Toksoforos (2001); an award for film music of the National Film Centre (2007); the Dobri Chintulov award for contribution to Bulgarian culture (2009); the highest award of the Ministry of Culture "Golden Age" (2011); St. St. Cyril and Methodius honorary necklace (2013); the Golden Plume award (2014), Doctor Honoris Causa of the Music and Dance Academy in Plovdiv (2014); UNESCO Artist for Peace (2015); a Crystal Lyre award for his entire artistic career and The Yellow Pavements festival bestowed by the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers and Classic FM radio station (2015).
He has released over 30 CDs with solo performances and collaborations with various musical groups.
He was member of the Programme Council of the Bulgarian National Radio in 2000 and of the Management Board from 2002 to 2004. In the period 2004 to 2008, he was artistic director of the Music Production and Music Groups department of the Bulgarian National Radio, and in 2009 he was chief instrumentalist-soloist at the BNR.
He is the Artistic Director of the Plovdiv Jazz Evenings Festival (2008 - 2014) and is currently director of the Brick Roads Sofia Music Festival.
Phone: 02 9336 352
Milen Mitev - Legal and Human Resources Directorate
Born on March 4, 1984. Milen Mitev is a law graduate from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". He has been working at the Bulgarian National Radio since 2009 - at first in the Public Procurement Department and later in the Legal and Human Resources Directorate. He has been a member of the Legal Committee of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 2013.
Milen Mitev has experience in the spheres of copyright and related rights protection, public procurement, media, labor and administrative law.
Since August 17, 2018 he has been director of the Legal and Human Resources Directorate of the Bulgarian National Radio.
Phone: 02 9336323
Born on March 20, 1961. Graduated the Saint Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia. She started work at the Committee for TV and Radio in 1985 as an expert at the International TV Festivals department. Employee of the BNR since 1992.
In the period 2004-2008, she was member of the expert group on public service media in the information society to the Council of Europe as the representative of Bulgaria, member of the Working Group on amendments to the Radio and Television Act and of the project team of digitization in Bulgaria.
In early 2013, she was elected Vice Chair of the Radio Committee with the EBU (European Broadcasting Union). Coordinator of the Group of Broadcasting Organizations from Central and Eastern Europe in the EBU in the period 2010-2013.
Head of International Relations department of the BNR since 1997.
Fluent in English, Russian, Czech and French.
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