Afghanistan National Television

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RTA Afghanistan Logo.svg
LaunchedSeptember 1977
Owned byRadio Television Afghanistan
Picture formatSDTV
Audience share8% as of July 2010
Broadcast areaAfghanistan
North America
HeadquartersKabul (in English)
OqaabChannel 3

Afghanistan National Television (Pashto: ملی تلویزیونDa Afganistan Milli Telvizoon, Persian: تلویزیون ملیTelvizoon-e Milli Afganistan) is the state-owned television channel in Afghanistan, launched in 1977 and part of the Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) public broadcaster.

Exclusive 2008 speech[edit]

RTA's logo until 12 March 2010

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.[1] The scene of the attempt was also broadcast live to RTA viewers in Afghanistan and picked up by the international media.[2]

International launch[edit]

RTA 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 in 2008, RTA became a 24-hour channel, and this allowed viewers Internationally to watch it at more convenient hours.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Times & The Sunday Times".
  2. ^ Faiez, M. Karim; Chu, Henry (28 April 2008). "Attempt on Karzai rattles Afghans" – via LA Times.