Eglė Bučelytė

TV journalist, presenter

Photo credits: Tomas Adomavičius

I cannot accept stupidity, brutishness, narcissism, hypocrisy.

Eglė Bučelytė

I try to start every morning with exercise. In summer it’s my morning jog, and at other times of the year I have a walk with my dog. Truth be told, it’s hard to fight the habit of lounging lazily in bed, especially because my work usually starts slightly later than most people’s.

I’m not ashamed to say that I don’t have a Facebook profile or any other social network account. Most of all I appreciate live interaction with real friends, not virtual ones.

I have been working as a journalist for over 30 years. I’ve learned discipline and teamwork. This job encourages you to be constantly interested in the world, to doubt, to pose questions, to dig deeper and never stop looking for answers.

I am incredibly happy that I had the opportunity to watch the Soviet Union break apart, to live when independent Lithuania was reborn and to take part in this process myself.

To me, the January 13th Commemoration Medal also means the memory of the day when many of us, without thinking of our own health or even life, chose danger from our own free will. It may sound like a cliché, but that was a night when everyone had a chance to do their duty for the Lithuanian state. I’m glad I took that chance.

My parents had a great influence on my choice of profession – they’re both journalists. Living in a home full of printed matter, a home where my parents’ discussions on work-related topics, daily news or other important subjects never ceased, and finally witnessing my parents’ way of life left no doubt as to what I should become.

A good journalist is not someone who is self-complacent, boasting about work or achievements. A good journalist usually works quietly and a lot. He or she must always have doubts, have no prejudice, be tenacious, self-reliant and, most importantly, try not to ingratiate himself with the establishment.

A person cannot be disappointed with freedom, because we cannot be disappointed with something that generations of our ancestors were ready to pay the highest price for.

Eglė Bučelytė

I absolutely do not consider important… emigration. I admit, our establishment does nothing to prevent people from leaving their homeland. But the majority of emigrants retain a close relationship with Lithuania and participate in the country’s life. On the other hand, there have never been so many opportunities to study and work abroad, so I believe that most of those who have left will someday apply the experiences they gain back home.

I feel satisfied when, right after something important happens, we have a little time to prepare reports just before our broadcast, when we ensure a direct connection and are able to provide thorough information on the Panorama programme. One of the most recent examples of such an event was the discovery of the Independence Act of March 16th in Germany by Professor Liudas Mažylis.

I like skiing. Maybe because since I tried it for the first time I haven’t been able to stop – for almost thirty years now. As Visotskyi used to sing, ‘The only thing more beautiful than mountains are mountains you haven’t been to yet’.

The most precious thing in my home is my family.

Eglė Bučelytė

I have always followed the rule to do what I know how. This is why I have remained faithful to one TV channel my whole life, because in my childhood I understood the principle of my parents’ lives – to remain constant.

When I see or hear myself on TV, I think I don’t like either seeing or hearing myself like that.

I am grateful to my destiny, for the opportunity to do truly interesting work on the most serious TV channel.

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