You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

First commercial station bows in Kabul

Dispatch - Afghanistan

NEW DELHI — Afghanistan’s first terrestrial commercial channel went on air May 22 in the capital Kabul, funded by Afghan businessman Ahmed Shah Afghanzai.

The station, which airs 18 hours a day, is the first step in developing a private TV sector in the country. During a one-month test, the new station will broadcast Afghan, Indian and western music and films, Afghanzai says.

The fundamentalist Taliban regime outlawed all forms of entertainment, including television until its collapse in 2001.

State television was restarted soon after, but the fare has been mainly musical programs a few hours a day.

The pubcaster, too, is heading for a facelift, thanks to the assistance of India and is slated soon to become a 24-hour channel aired via satellite all over Afghanistan.

Cablers began operating in Kabul in late 2002, showing Indian and some English programs.

More TV

  • Peak TV Saturation TV Placeholder

    Broadcaster Gray Television Sets $3.6 Billion Deal to Buy Raycom Media

    NEW DELHI — Afghanistan’s first terrestrial commercial channel went on air May 22 in the capital Kabul, funded by Afghan businessman Ahmed Shah Afghanzai. The station, which airs 18 hours a day, is the first step in developing a private TV sector in the country. During a one-month test, the new station will broadcast Afghan, […]

  • Meek Mill Drops New Song, 'Stay

    Meek Mill Drops New Song, 'Stay Woke,' After Fiery Performance at BET Awards (Watch)

    NEW DELHI — Afghanistan’s first terrestrial commercial channel went on air May 22 in the capital Kabul, funded by Afghan businessman Ahmed Shah Afghanzai. The station, which airs 18 hours a day, is the first step in developing a private TV sector in the country. During a one-month test, the new station will broadcast Afghan, […]

  • Making A Murderer Brendan Dassey

    'Making a Murderer's' Brendan Dassey Loses Bid to Take Case to Supreme Court

    NEW DELHI — Afghanistan’s first terrestrial commercial channel went on air May 22 in the capital Kabul, funded by Afghan businessman Ahmed Shah Afghanzai. The station, which airs 18 hours a day, is the first step in developing a private TV sector in the country. During a one-month test, the new station will broadcast Afghan, […]

  • 'Burden,' 'Bathtubs Over Broadway' Take Top

    'Burden,' 'Bathtubs Over Broadway' Take Top Honors at Nantucket Film Festival

    NEW DELHI — Afghanistan’s first terrestrial commercial channel went on air May 22 in the capital Kabul, funded by Afghan businessman Ahmed Shah Afghanzai. The station, which airs 18 hours a day, is the first step in developing a private TV sector in the country. During a one-month test, the new station will broadcast Afghan, […]

  • Versailles French TV Netflix

    Banijay Studios Italy Bows to Produce Premium Scripted Content

    NEW DELHI — Afghanistan’s first terrestrial commercial channel went on air May 22 in the capital Kabul, funded by Afghan businessman Ahmed Shah Afghanzai. The station, which airs 18 hours a day, is the first step in developing a private TV sector in the country. During a one-month test, the new station will broadcast Afghan, […]

  • Discovery, ProSiebenSat.1 Invite Broadcasters to Join

    Discovery, ProSiebenSat.1 Invite Broadcasters to Join Their Streaming Offensive

    NEW DELHI — Afghanistan’s first terrestrial commercial channel went on air May 22 in the capital Kabul, funded by Afghan businessman Ahmed Shah Afghanzai. The station, which airs 18 hours a day, is the first step in developing a private TV sector in the country. During a one-month test, the new station will broadcast Afghan, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content