Yerevan TV Tower

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Yerevan TV Tower
Yerevan TV tower.jpg
General information
Type TV and Radio broadcast
Location Yerevan, Armenia
Coordinates 40°10′16.64″N 44°32′10.77″E / 40.1712889°N 44.5363250°E / 40.1712889; 44.5363250Coordinates: 40°10′16.64″N 44°32′10.77″E / 40.1712889°N 44.5363250°E / 40.1712889; 44.5363250
Completed 1977
Roof 311.7 m (1,023 ft)

Yerevan TV Tower (Armenian: Երևանի հեռուստաաշտարակ) is a 311.7-metre (1,023 ft) high lattice tower on Nork Hill in Yerevan, near city downtown, Armenia. It was built from 1974 to 1977 as a replacement for the old 180-metre (590 ft) high TV tower at Yerevan. It is the tallest structure in the city.


Yerevan TV tower at night

Installation of the tower in 1977 allowed to receive wide variety of programs from the Moscow Central television, as well as from other Soviet Union republics. The average daily length of programs broadcast by Armenian television reached twelve hours, of which two-and-a-half hours in color, including four hours, thirty-five minutes of own programming. Ninety-six percent of the population watched the first program. In 1978 it became possible to also receive the fourth channel of the Central television in Armenia[1]

The percentage indicators in 1978 were:

  • News, 25
  • Music, 23
  • Educational, 13
  • Children's, 10
  • Social-political, 9
  • Military, 6
  • Youth, 4.5
  • Sport, 4
  • Advertisements and announcements, 4
  • Drama, 3.5

By 1978, the number of TV sets reached five hundred thousand, of which one hundred thousand were color. Armenian SSR was on the second place in the Soviet Union for the popularization of TV. The length of TV programs per day reached 19 hours. About fifty percent of the programs were in color and seventy percent were being recorded. Armenia became the first of the republics of the Soviet Union by the percentage of the TV audience and the volume of programs.[1]

The old tower was moved to Leninakan (current Gyumri), where it is still functional today.


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