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Kuwait TV
CountryKuwait
Broadcast areaMiddle East, Europe, North America, Australia, South America
Programming
Picture format1080p HD (only)
Ownership
OwnerMinistry Of Information (Kuwait)
History
Launched15 November 1961; 62 years ago (1961-11-15)
Links
WebsiteOfficial Website

Kuwait Television is Kuwait's official state-run television station, and part of the Kuwaiti Ministry of information.

Kuwait Television has 9 channels and a satellite channel: KTV1, KTV2, KTV Sport, KTV Sport Plus, KTV Kids, alQurain channel, Al Araby Channel, Ethraa Channel and almajles channel.

History

Early history

The history of Kuwaiti television started in an unknown date in late 1959 or early 1960. Merchant Murad Bahbahani, an agent working for RCA, set up a 100-watt transmitter with a limited schedule consisting of cartoons and feature films. His only goal was to encourage sales of television sets.[1]

Kuwait Television began broadcasting on 15 November 1961, taking over the control of Bahbahani's television station,[1] from the eastern district of Kuwait City.[2] It was the first TV station in the Arabian Peninsula, founded and created by Murad Behbehani, initially broadcasting in black and white for four hours a day. started color television using the PAL system in March 1974,[3] for the first ever round of the Gulf Cup of Nations, from Bahrain.

Early broadcasters included Salem Al-Fahd, Reza Faili and Jassim Al-Shehab.[4]

In 1978, KTV moved to new, technologically advanced premises. Studios varied between 30 to 800 square meters, the largest of which was used for Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic adaptation of Sesame Street.[1]

KTV1

KTV1 launched on April 7, 1992, with 24-hour broadcasting.[5] By 1997, the channel was broadcasting Kuwaiti-produced programmes around the world.[6] KTV1 is a state run channel. Its programming cycle changes approximately every three months, and shows special content during the month of Ramadan. Daily programs on the channel include Good Morning Kuwait, Baitak, and Good Evening. Also included in the broadcasts are a variety of cultural and religious programs, and coverage of state events.[7]

KTV2

KTV2 is the only one of the state run channels to broadcast in English. The channel started broadcasting in 1978 as the Second Program.[1] It shows English programs and Arabic programs that have been dubbed in English, showing family centered local programming. The channel's stated mission is to promote Kuwait's media abroad, to show foreign viewers something of Kuwaiti culture and news, and to foster relationships between the State, the Kuwaiti public, and English speakers in Kuwait.[8]

KTV Sport

KTV Sport began broadcasting on November 1, 1993.[9] Initially chaired by Mohammed Al Zamel, this channel was considered at the time to be the leading sports channel in the Arabic Gulf region.[10] It was originally a local sports channel, but in 2002, KTV Sport replaced their ground transmission with satellite transmission, enabling them to broadcast international sporting events as well.[11]

Al Araby Channel

Al Araby was launched on February 25, 2009, under the direction of the former Minister of Information, Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah.[12] Its programming includes literary, cultural, scientific, and artistic based shows, and it also covers important cultural events. The Al Araby channel coordinates with KTV1 when covering national events.

Ethra's Channel

Ethra's Channel is dedicated to religious programmes that educate viewers about Islam, Islamic principles, and Islam's spiritual value. It coordinates with the Kuwait Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, as well as with the Awqaf Public Foundation to produce information that supports mainstream Islam, rather than extremist ideologies.[13] The channel also covers religious events in Kuwait.

References

  1. ^ a b c d "An analytical study of television and society in three Arab states: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain". Ohio State University via UMI. 1989. Archived from the original on 12 February 2024. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  2. ^ "Kuwait Television". Ministry of Information Kuwait. Retrieved 29 March 2013.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Kuwait, Post Report. U.S. Department of State. 1984.
  4. ^ كونا : حدث في مثل هذا اليوم في الكويت - التاريخ - 15/11/2008
  5. ^ "KTV1". Ministry of Information Kuwait. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  6. ^ Wheeler, Deborah (2000). "New Media, Globalization and Kuwaiti National Identity". Middle East Journal. 3. 54 (The Information Revolution): 434. JSTOR 4329510.
  7. ^ "KTV1". Ministry of Information Kuwait. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  8. ^ "KTV2". Ministry of Information Kuwait. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  9. ^ "KUNA : Kuwait TV celebrates 52nd anniversary - Media - 14/11/2013".
  10. ^ "KTV Sport". Ministry of Information Kuwait. Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  11. ^ "KTV Sport". Ministry of Information Kuwait. Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Al Araby Channel". Ministry of Information Kuwait. Archived from the original on 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  13. ^ "Ethra's Channel". Ministry of Information Kuwait. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.