Afghanistan National Television

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Afghanistan National Television (shortened ANTV) was a television channel
Television channel
A television channel is a physical or virtual channel over which a television station or television network is distributed. For example, in North America, "channel 2" refers to the broadcast or cable band of 54 to 60 MHz, with carrier frequencies of 55.25 MHz for NTSC analog video and...

, broadcasting in Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Afghanistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in the centre of Asia, forming South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. With a population of about 29 million, it has an area of , making it the 42nd most populous and 41st largest nation in the world...

, and was launched in 1974, closed in 1996, re-launched in 2002, and then closed again in 2010.

History


The original channel was launched in 1974 along with its sister channel, RTA
RTA TV
RTA, known as تلویزیون ملی in Persian, is a television channel originally founded in 1974; the first in Afghanistan...

. When the Mujahideen
Mujahideen
Mujahideen are Muslims who struggle in the path of God. The word is from the same Arabic triliteral as jihad .Mujahideen is also transliterated from Arabic as mujahedin, mujahedeen, mudžahedin, mudžahidin, mujahidīn, mujaheddīn and more.-Origin of the concept:The beginnings of Jihad are traced...

 took power in 1992, the television station was disused. When the Taliban rose into power, the Talib government in 1996 banned TV, and they went and destroyed the television station. ANTV was closed down. However, the national TV archives were saved.

When the Taliban's rule was over, the television station was re-launched just a year later in 2002. The headquarters' building in Kabul
Kabul
Kabul , spelt Caubul in some classic literatures, is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan. It is also the capital of the Kabul Province, located in the eastern section of Afghanistan...

 that was destroyed by the Taliban was rebuilt by German
Germans
The Germans are a Germanic ethnic group native to Central Europe. The English term Germans has referred to the German-speaking population of the Holy Roman Empire since the Late Middle Ages....

s, which had support over ANTV.

Closure


In 2010, ANTV was closed and was merged with its sister channel, RTA
RTA TV
RTA, known as تلویزیون ملی in Persian, is a television channel originally founded in 1974; the first in Afghanistan...

. Its logo was used as a spin-off second logo of RTA from May 2011.