TV service was launched in 1958 in Tehran with a three hour daily telecast. In 1966, the management of television was transferred to the government and the National Iranian Radio and Television (NIRT) was established. The National Iranian Radio and Television (NIRT) was renamed the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) in 1979, after the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
IRIB’s headquarters are located in Tehran. There are 32 IRIB centres in the provinces and 20 offices abroad. Over 30,000 employees work at IRIB. It operates eight nationwide television channels using terrestrial television transmitters for national coverage. IRIB also uses satellite feeds on Chinasat 12, 87.5°E as input signals to TV stations.
Currently, all provinces in Iran have their own radio channel and 70 percent of the provinces have their own TV channels and a training channel has recently been launched.
IRIB is completely independent and solely responsible for the development and maintenance of its production technical systems, studios, archive centres, transmitters and associated technical facilities. IRIB also operates a teletext service, an Internet website and publishes radiotelevision magazines.