Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International

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MTA International
MTA International.PNG
Launched

31 January 1992 (as Ahmadiyya Muslim Presentation)

7 January 1994 (as MTA International)
Owned by Al Shirkatul-Islamiyyah
Picture format 576i, 16:9 (SDTV)
1080i, 4:3[1](HDTV)
1080i, 16:9 (HDTV)
Slogan Reaching the Corners of the Earth
Country United Kingdom
Language Arabic, Bengali, English, French, German, Indonesian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
Broadcast area Global
Affiliates Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Headquarters Fazl Mosque,
United Kingdom
Formerly called Ahmadiyya Muslim Presentation
(1992 - 1994)
Sister channel(s)

MTA1 Al-Awla

MTA2 At-Thania

MTA3 Al-Arabiyyah

MTA Africa 1

MTA German Service

MTA 1+3

MTA Infocast
Website
Availability
Satellite
MTA1 (International) AsiaSat 7
Astra 2G (Sky UK 708)
EutelSat 3B
EutelSat 70B
Hipasat 30W-5
SES 2
SES 4
MTA2 (Europe) Eutelsat Hotbird 13C
MTA3 (MENA) Eutelsat 7 West A
Eutelsat HotBird 13B
Galaxy 19
SES 2
MTA Africa Intelsat 20
SES 5
Astra 2F
MTA 1+3[2] &
InfoCast[3]
(North America)
SES 2
Streaming media
Website

MTA International

MTA German Studios
YouTube

mtaOnline1 Live

MTAGermanService Live

MTA Indonesia

MTA International (formerly known as Muslim Television Ahmadiyya or MTA) is a globally-broadcasting, nonprofit satellite television network and a division of Al Shirkatul-Islamiyyah which consists of 4 international channels that are run and funded entirely by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

History[edit]

Brand[edit]

Initially it was named Ahmadiyya Muslim Presentation and was established by Mirza Tahir Ahmad, fourth Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. It started off with weekly transmissions, with the main program being Friday Sermon.

Launch[edit]

Now known as MTA1 Al-Awla, was officially launched on 7 January 1994 with daily transmissions and became the first 24-hour non-commercial television station to be aired worldwide as well as the first channel to broadcast (globally), Islamic Programmes. The 24-Hour service began on 1st April 1996. It has remained a non-profit and commercial-free station and which the main source of funding is the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Members[edit]

The majority of its workers are volunteers with only a small percentage of paid staff. Out of the 300 staff members that work in MTA’s London offices, 90% are volunteers who happily dedicate their time to assist in the running of the network.

Channels[edit]

Currently there are four free-to-air and subscription free Channels and one online channel which are part of the MTA network. MTA1, MTA2, MTA3 and MTA Africa 1.

Region[edit]

MTA1 broadcasts internationally. In 2004 MTA2 was launched to specialise in European languages and so is solely broadcast across Europe and small parts of the Middle East. MTA3 was launched in 2007 as a purely Arabic language channel which broadcasts across the Middle East, North Africa and North America. A Teleport system is also functioning in the USA to transmit MTA1+3 (which is normal MTA1 with a 3 hour delay) and MTA Infocast for the benefit of MTA’s viewers in North America. MTA Africa 1 is a newly-launched channel specially for the African Viewers and broadcasts mainly in Africa and Western Europe.

Programmes[edit]

Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International is the main source of media for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and also aims to spread the message of Islam around the world. Some of the key programs broadcast include the Friday Sermon by the current Ahmadiyya Caliphate, educational and cultural programs, world news, and a various Talk Shows. These can be watched on TV as well as through smartphone apps for Android, iOS and Nokia.

Audience[edit]

Due to the worldwide audience, a number of programs are simultaneously translated into different languages such as English, German, Bengali, French, Urdu and others. An example of this is the program Friday Sermon which is translated live simultaneously in at least 8 languages including Arabic, Swahili and Indonesian. This is later translated into more languages like Russian and Spanish etc. All together there can be 16 translations (more or less) per sermon.

Online Media Services[edit]

For the benefit of MTA’s viewers, all of its channels can be watched on YouTube, Facebook as well as on their official website. Viewers can also download the Official apps for: Apple TV, Android, iOS and Ruko TV

MTA International operates in many countries like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Canada, Germany etc. Therefore if any events (mainly Jalsa Salana) happen in such countries they may not be broadcast on Satellite (on MTA International) however they may be streamed on YouTube on the appropriate channels for example MTA Bangla may stream Jalsa Salana Bangladesh similarly MTA Indonesia may stream the Friday Sermon with Indonesian translation.

National Studios[edit]

In most countries throughout the world in which there is a presence of the Ahmadiyya Community there is often a national MTA Studio. For example, MTA International USA Studios,[4] MTA International Canada Studios,[5] MTA International German Studios,[6][7] MTA International Nigeria Studios,[8] MTA International Ghana Studios, MTA International UK Studios etc. The primary and main MTA Studios is based in London, MTA International Studios.[9]

The headquarters of MTA International were located at Fazl Mosque, London when it was launched and are now located inside the Baitul Futuh Complex in South London, United Kingdom.

Photos[edit]

  1. ^ MTAGermanService Only
  2. ^ https://www.amjinternational.org/activities/mta/
    MTA 1 with a 3 hour delay.
  3. ^ https://www.amjinternational.org/activities/mta Provides a 24-Hour Channel guide.
  4. ^ "MTA USA (@NationalMTAUSA) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  5. ^ "MTA International, Canada Studios - Live Stream". mtacanada.tv. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  6. ^ "MTA International German Studios | Muslim Television Ahmadiyya". www.mta-tv.de. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  7. ^ "MTA German Studios (@mtatvdeGlobal) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  8. ^ "MTA German Studios (@mtatvdeGlobal) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 
  9. ^ "MTA (@muslimtv) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2015-11-27. 

References[edit]

Khan, M. (2003). Muslim Television Ahmadiyya. Retrieved March 28, 2014, from http://www.alislam.org/library/periodicals/tariq-uk/chapter6.pdf