AzTV logo since 2019.
|Slogan||Bir ömür bərabərik|
|Language(s)|| Azerbaijani |
other languages of Azerbaijan
|Owner||Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting Closed Joint-stock Company (Government of Azerbaijan)|
|Sister channels|| İdman Azərbaycan TV, Mədəniyyət TV |
AzTV 2 (1992–2005)
|Launched||14 February 1956|
|Former names||Baku Television Studio (1956–1968)|
AzTV 1 (1996–2005)
|Digital terrestrial television||Varies within location|
|Eutelsat Hot Bird 13D (13°E) (Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa)||11200 MHz V|
SR: 27500 ksym/s
|Galaxy 19 (97°W) (North America)||11966 MHz H|
SR: 22000 ksym/s
AzTV or Azerbaijan Television (Azerbaijani : Azərbaycan Televiziyası) is a state-controlled national television channel in Azerbaijan. It is the oldest television channel in the country, having first broadcast from Baku on 14 February 1956 in what was then the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union.
The channel has been owned since 2005 by the Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting Closed Joint-stock Company (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Televiziya və Radio Verilişləri Qapalı Səhmdar Cəmiyyəti), of which the national government is the only shareholder. This company also owns the channels İdman Azərbaycan TV (Sport Azerbaijan TV) and Mədəniyyət TV (Culture TV).
In 2007, an application by AzTV to join the European Broadcasting Union was rejected after the channel was found to be too closely associated with the ruling government.
The channel starts its daily broadcast by airing National anthem of Azerbaijan. Programming on AzTV primarily consists of news, talk shows, documentaries, music shows, and feature films.
Their 1st shows (including music videos) that were recorded in 1956 are stored on film. In 1965, the studio switched to using videotape recording since it became affordable and the quality of their produced shows (including music videos) increased. AzTV maintains a huge archive of all their saved TV programming that was recorded from 1956–present. All of their shows are preserved on different film and videotape formats.
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