New State Committee to take charge of Turkmen TV
October 18th, 2011 - 10:02 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Turkmen president Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov has signed a decree to launch the State Committee for TV, Radio Broadcasting and Cinematography. In the next month, proposals will be placed before the Justice Ministry to amend parts of the national legislation. This in turn will then be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers.

The country had abolished the previous General Directorate of Turkmen TV, and appointed successor Mr Shadurdy Alovov as chairman of the new State Committee. The Turkmenfilm Association named after Oguz Khan and the State Enterprise Teleradiomerkezi will now come under the banner of the newly formed State Committee.

Mr Berdimuhammedov went on to say the decree was ‘aimed at developing TV, radio and filmmaking and to bring it into the modern epoch of New Revival with sweeping reforms and to acknowledge the skills of our media people who have led the way in our independent Motherland by promoting our history, rich national culture and art throughout the world’.

President Berdimuhammadov has also signed a decree appointing Orazdurdy Hodjanazarov as director of the new “Ashgabat” TV channel. The TV channel is accountable to the new State Committee for Television, Radio Broadcasting and Cinematography.

The opening of the TV channel coincides with the opening of a modern television tower for digital broadcasting in Ashgabat the day before. Turkmen media outlets report that the “new capital television and radio centre among similar facilities built in the last 30 years, is not only one of the largest but also one of the highest in the world on its location above sea level”.