Latvijas Neatkarīgā Televīzija

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Latvijas Neatkarīgā Televīzija
LNT logo
Broadcast areaLatvia, online
HeadquartersElijas iela 17, Riga
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Launched1996 (1996)
ClosedMarch 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)
Replaced byTV3 Life

Latvian Independent Television (Latvian: Latvijas Neatkarīgā Televīzija, LNT) was a major private television company in Latvia, founded in 1996. LNT featured TV series, news and entertainment programmes, airing 24 hours a day in Latvian. It went off the air on March 1, 2020, and was replaced by TV3 Life.

In March 2009 it was the most viewed television channel in Latvia, from research data by TNS Latvia. LNT was switched on 18.8% of the time in March, according to LETA.[1]


The predecessors of LNT were the first private Latvian TV station - news channel NTV-5 launched on 4 May 1992, and the morning television channel PICCA TV which was launched in 1994 by entrepreneur Andrejs Ēķis. Both companies merged into LNT in autumn of 1996. The new station positioned itself as a challenger to the then-monopoly in Latvia of the state broadcaster Latvian Television and declared itself as the "first nationwide, family entertainment channel", broadcasting locally produced news programs and imported films and entertainment, which at the represented 40% of the airtime.

In the beginning, most of the private programming was acquired from Russian media companies, but by 2002 it was reported that the company had made deals with Western companies such as Paramount, Warner Bros. and BBC.

In December 1999, Polsat founder Zygmunt Solorz-Żak bought the channel, aiming to merge its management with Estonia's TV1 and Lithuania's BTV to establish a Baltic television network.[2]

On 9 January 2012 it was announced that the channel would be bought by the media conglomerate Modern Times Group together with the Russian language channel TV5 and the Latvian Music Channel (now: Channel 2) for an undisclosed sum. The move was later approved by the Council of Competitiveness of Latvia on the condition that TV3, which MTG already owned, and LNT would retain independent news boards for at least five years.[3]

Since October 2017 the channel was a part of All Media Baltics, a company owned by investment firm Providence Equity Partners.[4][5][6] LNT, as with other channels of the All Media Baltics group in the Baltic states, switched to HD broadcasting on 26 July 2018.[7]

On November 8, 2019, it was announced that the channel LNT would be replaced by a new channel for women named TV3 Life, a sister channel of TV3.[3] On December 1, 2019, the very last edition of LNT News aired. On January 1, 2020, LNT had new idents. On March 1, 2020, LNT was replaced with TV3 Life.[8]


In 2007, the channel LNT took the first place in the list of the most loved brands in Latvia in the television category, and the sixth place in the list of brands of all industries.[9]

In 2008, Haralds Burkovskis, the host of the LNT channel's "LNT Top 10" and "Made in Latvia" programs, received the Cicero Award for excellence in journalism.[10] The morning program "900 seconds" produced by "LNT News Service" received an award from the National Radio and Television Council as the best television program of the year. In the "European Hit Radio" nomination, the "Best advertisement of the year – media" award was won by the radio advertisement "Sveša jīva" created by the LNT TV series.[11]

On April 20, 2009, LNT channel was presented with the "Zelta vilnis" awards in the following nominations: "News program of the year" - LNT program 900 seconds, "Documentary program of the year" – LNT program at Degpunkt, "Special edition of the year" – LNT program Goodness Day, "Gada producer" – LNT creative director Niks Vollmars, "Television face of the year" – LNT program and TV show host Māris Grigalis, "Musical show of the year" – LNT show Singing families, "Translation of the year" winner of the Young Wave 2009 competition coverage on LNT and TV5 channel, "Television face of the year" – LNT project manager Lauris Reiniks, "Lifestyle program of the year" – LNT program in Sirma edienkarate.[12]

On May 4, 2009, Katrīne Pasternak, the host of LNT's charity actions "Kindness Day" and "Angels over Latvia", received the Order of Three Stars.[13] In the "Password 2009" social category, the LNT charity campaign "Angels over Latvia" won.[14]

On March 22, 2010, "Zelta vilnis" awards were presented to LNT channel in the following nominations: "News program of the year" – LNT program 900 seconds, "Entertainment show of the year" – LNT show Latvian Golden Talents 2010, "Producer of the Year" – LNT project Goodness Day, Ilze Ancāne, producer of the Singing Family of Latvia and Voice of the Nation, "Life style program of the year" – LNT program Housing Question, "15 minutes of glory of the year" - Kaspars Zlidnis and Latvian Street gymnasts LNT Latvian Golden Talents.[15]

The LNT channel received the Cicero Award of the Latvian Academy of Sciences for the project "Kindness Day".[16]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Poolakad panevad TV1-le käpa peale (The Poles put a paw on TV1)". Õhtuleht. 15 December 1999. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Latvian Independent Television ceases independent operations". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 2019-11-08. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  4. ^ "All Media Baltics to Deliver Top-quality TV Reception via SES Video". Business Wire. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  5. ^ "SES inks All Media Baltics deal". Broadband TV News. 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ "Acquisition of MTG's business in Baltics completed; new company to be named All Media Baltics". The Baltic Times. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  7. ^ "All Media Baltics media group's TV channels in Latvia now available in HD". TV3 Group. 2018-07-26. Retrieved 2021-09-04.
  8. ^ "NEPLP atļauj no marta LNT un "Kanālu 2" nomainīt ar "TV3 Life" un "TV3 Mini"". Public Broadcasting of Latvia (in Latvian). 2020-01-24. Retrieved 2023-03-21.
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  10. ^ "Pasniegtas Cicerona un Mērfija balvas". Archived from the original on 2020-08-11. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  11. ^ "Skatītākās ziņu pārraides LNT kanālā". January 14, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  12. ^ "Pasniegtas balvas "Zelta vilnis" labākajiem televīzijā". April 21, 2010. Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
  13. ^ "Katrīne Pasternaka saņem Triju Zvaigžņu ordeni". Retrieved 2012-02-02.[dead link]
  14. ^ ""PAssword 2009" mārketinga sasniegumu konkursa finālā ar Nordea, Statoil un Tetra Pak". February 26, 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-02.[dead link]
  15. ^ "Pasniegta Nacionālā TV skatītāju balva "Zelta vilnis"". March 23, 2011. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  16. ^ Archived 2012-02-14 at the Wayback Machine - Latvijas Zelta talanti, Karaliskais anekdošu turnīrs, Labestības diena