|Owned by||MOBY Group|
|Picture format||1080p (HDTV) & 576i (SDTV), 16:9)|
|Audience share||41% (As of July 2010[update], )|
|Yahsat 1A 52.5°E||11785-H-27500-5/6|
Tolo TV (Persian: تلويزيون طلوع) is a commercial television station operating in Afghanistan. Launched in October 2004 by MOBY Group, it became one of the first commercial stations in the country and laid the foundation for an accessible media outlet by offering a large library of shows. It is currently Afghanistan's most popular television channel.
Tolo TV was first launched in Kabul but as of November 2007, has broadcasts in 14 cities in Afghanistan on free-to-air and throughout the region by satellite. Its sister channels are: TOLOnews and Lemar TV.
Afghanistan’s landmark drama series, Raaz Hai Een Khana ("The Secrets of This House") took the Special Award at the Seoul Drama Awards in October 2008. Screened on Tolo and produced by Kaboora Productions, Raaz Hai Een Khana is the first drama series ever entirely written, acted, filmed, produced and broadcast by Afghans, for Afghans in Afghanistan. It was selected for a Special Prize amongst 152 entries from 33 countries around the world.
Tolo TV broadcasts Afghan Star, a singing competition and one of Afghanistan's most popular television series. The show was the subject of the 2009 documentary film, 'Afghan Star', which won two awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Other popular programs include Chai Ba Azizyar, Maheman-e-Yar, Feker Wa Talash, Zang Khatar, Dahlezha, 6.30 Report, Emroz Emshab, Hai Maidan Tai Maidan', and a comedy drama called Hechland. Tolo TV are currently playing Turkish serials dubbed in Dari Persian such as "Qesa haye Zendagi", "Zahra" (Zahra), "Qiyam" (Resurrection) and "Arbab Kocheh" (Little Lord). The channel also airs "Quran Majeed", a Quran recitation program, on weekdays.
In March 2011, Tolo TV was rebranded, with a new look, a new logo, and minor design changes too. The new logo matches the design/style of TOLOnews' logo.
Criticism of availability
Afghans in Europe have complained that they cannot receive TOLO TV on their satellite. In Europe, TOLO TV is available on Eutelsat Sesat 2 / Express AM22 53°E, but in Western and Northern Europe, the signal strength is either very weak or no signal at all. Only residents in Eastern Europe can receive Sesat 2 / Express AM22. Because most Afghans in Europe are in the North and the West, TOLO TV is trying to make itself available on Hotbird - a satellite which most Afghans in Europe receive and watch other Afghan channels. Afghans in North America also cannot receive Tolo on Galaxy 25. The daily news programme, in both Dari and Pashto, is made available on the TOLOTV YouTube Channel.
On 21st January 2016, a Taliban suicide car bomber detonated explosives near a bus carrying staffers from Tolo TV in Darulaman Road in Kabul, killing at least 7 staff members – including 3 female employees - and wounding 26 others. The attack drew widespread global condemnation, with various world countries, activists and media organizations denouncing it as an attack on Afghanistan's freedom of press.
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