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Ariana Television Network
Broadcast areaCentral Asia
Middle East
Picture formatSDTV
OwnerEhsan Bayat
Sister channelsAriana News
Launched17 August 2005
Normal antenna46 UHF (Kabul)
49 UHF (Kandahar)
55 UHF (Herat)
51 UHF (Mazar-i-Sharif)
52 UHF (Kunduz)
47 UHF (Jalalabad)
45 UHF (Taloqan)
53 UHF (Puli Khumri)
49 UHF (Ghazni)
55 UHF (Khost)

Ariana Television Network (ATN) (Dari/Pashto: آریانا) is a private television network based in Kabul, Afghanistan. The channel was launched by Afghan-American Ehsan Bayat (owner of Afghan Wireless Communication Company) in 2005 and started broadcasting internationally the following year. ATN is one of the leading television channels in Afghanistan and has terrestrial coverage in 33 of 34 provinces in the country.


The channel was launched in summer 2005 and aired internationally from 2006.[1] In 2014 the channel had a new logo. That same year its sister channel Ariana News, broadcasting news all day, was launched.


ATN has social, cultural, political and entertaining programs focusing to show pure Afghan culture. Some long running shows include Entekhāb-e Binendahā (Viewer's Choice, a music show), Parwāna-hā (Butterflies, a children's show), Cinemā, Warzesh (Sports), Setārahā-ye Rangin (Colored stars, a music show) and the annual ATN Awards.

59-Minute Duel is a popular cooking show airing since 2011 in which two rival cooks have exactly 59 minutes to cook a three part course for the judges. Every week, a unique ingredient would be provided, and the meals had to be based around it. The prize is the title of "The Golden Chef", awarded to the winner after the scores had been given by the usually celebrity judges. On many occasions, the chefs would be an Afghan and a foreigner, such as a soldier from the American or British base.

Ariana has also been the product of a well known comedy character Motakhases, who appeared on the former Khanda Hāy-e Girya Dār comedy show and later on Hekāyat Hāye Motakhases.

Other airing programs of Ariana Television Network are:

Former notable programming

Ariana Television Network has aired various Indian soap dramas, some of which achieved high popularity in Afghanistan.

2008 journalist arrest

Ariana Television Network gained international attention when Mohammad Nasir Fayyaz, a journalist and presenter of Ariana's hard-talk political debate show Haqiqat (The Truth in English), was detained by Afghan authorities on July 29, 2008. Fayyaz was critical of members of the country's cabinet at the time.[2] He was detained by the intelligence agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) whilst he was presenting the show, and was released after one day but again returned to detention. Amnesty International warned the Afghan government to protect press and media freedom from the NDS.[3] He was eventually released without charge and continued to present Haqiqat.

See also


  1. ^ "ATN Joins Afghan TV Scene -". 2008-12-12. Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2023-06-09.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Afghan TV journalist is detained". 29 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Afghanistan: Protect media freedom from intelligence agency interference". 31 July 2008.