Broadcast areaAfghanistan
North America
Picture format720p HDTV
OwnerRadio Television Afghanistan
Sister channelsRTA Sport
Launched19 August 1978
OqaabChannel 3

Afghanistan National Television (Dari: تلویزیون ملی Televizion-e Milli-ye Afghanistan, Pashto: ملی تلویزیون Da Afghanistan Milli Televizion) is the state-owned television channel in Afghanistan. It is part of the Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) public broadcaster.


Afghan television was launched on 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. On 2 January 1985 the broadcasts started in Jalalabad while a new station in Badakhshan Province finished its construction. On 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 on 8 July 1998 they ordered the destruction of all TV sets.[4][5] After the Taliban were overthrown, television in Afghanistan restarted on 18 November 2001.[6]

In 2019, RTA launched a sister channel to the main station called RTA Sport, which is dedicated to sports content.[7]

Exclusive 2008 speech

Afghanistan National TV logo until 2006
The channel (and organisation) logo until 12 March 2010, it initially appeared on-screen in a white variant
Logo until late 2021; it was initially shown in a white variant before permanently gaining the colors

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.[8] The scene of the attempt was also broadcast live to RTA viewers in Afghanistan and picked up by the international media.[9]

International availability

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 that year it started broadcasting 24 hours. As of 2018, it is no longer broadcast on the Hot Bird satellite in Europe.[10]

Currently the channel broadcasts on the TürkmenÄlem 52°E / MonacoSAT satellite to viewers in and around Afghanistan and in Europe, and western Asia. It also broadcasts on GSAT-19 for viewers in the Indian subcontinent.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Taraki opens Afghanistan's TV station". The Kabul Times. 20 August 1978. p. 1. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  2. ^ Foreign Report, 1985
  3. ^ S. M. Y. Elmi (1988). "Afghanistan: A Decade of Sovietisation". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  4. ^ Moonis Ahmar (2006). Chronology of conflict and cooperation in Afghanistan, 1978-2006. Bureau of Composition, Compilation & Translation Press, University of Karachi. ISBN 9789698550035. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  5. ^ Zaherruddin Abdullah (8 July 1998). "Newest Taliban Edict Bans TV". Associated Press. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Afghan capital's TV back on air". Screen Digest. 2001. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  7. ^ "RTA Sport Live - Afghanistan TV Channels Online". 7 March 2020.
  8. ^ "The Times & The Sunday Times".[full citation needed]
  9. ^ Faiez, M. Karim; Chu, Henry (28 April 2008). "Attempt on Karzai rattles Afghans" – via LA Times.
  10. ^ "Change Log - KingOfSat".
  11. ^ "RTA - LyngSat". www.lyngsat.com. Retrieved 2022-10-04.