Pledge of $10 million to help rebuild Afghan TV

The Discop organisation has announced an international pledge to provide up to US$10 million in expertise, equipment and programming to help rebuild Afghan TV within the next year.

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By  Marcus Webb Published  June 26, 2002

The Discop organisation has announced an international pledge to provide up to US$10 million in expertise, equipment and programming to help rebuild Afghan TV within the next year.

Afghan TV was shut down when the Taliban swept to power in 1996 and subsequently banned all entertainment, including film and TV.

Within hours of the Taliban's retreat from Kabul on the night of November 12 last year Afghan TV was back on air with a female announcer.
With a new interim administration now in place, television has again become the main source of entertainment in Kabul. On air between 6pm and 9pm with a blend of news, music, sport and movies, the station is watched by up to 500,000 viewers a night. In pre-Taliban times the Afghan TV broadcast six hours a day.

But the broadcaster is suffering from a lack of funds — the station has no advertising and its main source of funding is the ministry of defence. In return the ministry gets a slice of military programming, broadcasting interviews with soldiers and highlights of the Northern Alliance's five-year battle against the Taliban.

The TV for Afghanistan initiative will debut during the 10th Discop Program Showcase, which will be held in Budapest from the 27-29 June 2002, and will be moderated by the CEO of Vandusseldorp & Partners, Monique Van Dusseldorp.

An overview of Afghan TV’s development strategy, and a detailed explanation of its immediate technical and programming needs will be presented at the event by Abdul-Ahmid Mobaris, Vice Minister of Culture in charge of Media & Radio Television, and Ghani Safid, General Engineer in charge of the reconstruction of Afghan TV.

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