Afghanistan National Television

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RTA Afghanistan Logo.svg
Country Afghanistan
Broadcast area Afghanistan
North America
Headquarters Kabul
Picture format SDTV
Owner Radio Television Afghanistan
Launched19 August 1978
Website (in English)
Oqaab Channel 3
Thaicom 5 4033 H 1480 3/4
G-Sat 17 4150 H 4000 3/4

Afghanistan National Television (Persian : تلویزیون ملی Telvizoon-e Milli Afganistan, Pashto : ملی تلویزیونDa Afganistan Milli Telvizoon) is the state-owned television channel in Afghanistan. It is part of the Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) public broadcaster.



Afghan television was launched in 19 August 1978, Afghan Independence Day, in a ceremony headed by Nur Muhammad Taraki. Since the beginning its broadcasts were in colour. [1]

In 1983 three new stations were commissioned in Kandahar, Jalalabad and Herat, however they started its broadcasts some months later. In 2 January 1985 the broadcasts started in Jalalabad while a new station in Badakhshan Province finished its construction. In 3 February 1985 a new station opened in Ghazni, [2] while the same month the broadcasts started in Kandahar and Herat. [3]

During the Taliban regime, Afghanistan National Television ceased operations when television was banned, and in July 1998 they ordered the destruction of all TV sets. [4] After the Taliban were overthrown, television in Afghanistan restarted in 18 November 2001. [5]

Exclusive 2008 speech

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RTA's logo until 12 March 2010

RTA became famous worldwide when Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a live speech to the world minutes after dozens of insurgents attempted to assassinate him at an Afghan military parade. The assassination attempt was thwarted by the Afghan National Army. [6] The scene of the attempt was also broadcast live to RTA viewers in Afghanistan and picked up by the international media. [7]

International launch

Afghanistan National Television became available in Europe, Middle East, North Africa Africa Asia Pacific and North America on 5 January 2008. The channel's broadcasting hours were 06:00 to 00:00 (local Afghan time), corresponding to 01:30 to 19:30 UTC. Later in 2008, RTA became a 24-hour channel, and this allowed viewers internationally to watch it at more convenient hours. As of 2018, it is no longer broadcast by satellite in Europe. [8]

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