Lao National TV, the government broadcaster of the Lao People’s
Democratic Republic, was established
in 1983, initially transmitting for three hours a day.
LNTV is based in the capital of Vientiane from where it transmits on VHF channel 9. In 1993, LNTV improved its transmitter power which enabled it to reach a wider audience around Vientiane. The station was also provided with new equipment thanks to a Japanese government aid project and technical experts from Japan who assisted with the refurbishment of studio facilities.
In 1994, the government permitted commercials to be shown on television.
Today, LNTV is on air for 17 hours day, and about 70 percent of its programmes are relayed via satellite to translators in other provinces. This has enabled about 30 percent of the population of Laos to have access to television. The Ministry of Information and Culture has long-term plans to develop the mass media.
These plans will adhere to the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party’s philosophy on socio-economic and human resource development. The plans include the expansion of the electronic media and the provision of greater quality news content for television viewers around the country. However, to achieve these objectives, LNTV will require external funding assistance.