Radio transmission in Kyrgyz Republic started in 1931 and TV broadcasting, on 8 December 1958.
A presidential decree on public television and radio broadcasting was adopted on 30 April 2010 based on the principles of transparency, impartiality and the principle of public interest. It requires that public TV encourage national and religious tolerance, respect of ethnic cultures of national minorities and inform society.
Besides education and entertainment, its mandate is to ensure the equitable dissemination of information to the public and contribute to the nation’s socioeconomic development.
The National TV & Radio Broadcasting Corporation telecasts various programmes comprising drama, documentaries, musicals, education and information programmes. It has a potential coverage of about 98 percent of the country’s population. NTRBC KR is government-funded and also receives advertising revenue. Its staff numbers approximately 1,000, of whom 100 work in radio.
NTRBC KR’s television service is on air for 17 hours a day, of which 10 hours of content is locally produced. National Broadcasting Corporation has departments that specialise in news, socio-economic, cultural and entertainment programmes department as well as youth and childhood education programmes. It produces about 62 percent of its content.
The National Broadcasting TV & Radio Corporation’s aim is to reach as many Krygyz people as possible and have a strong presence in the Kyrgyz Republic. In the long term, it aims to reach the Kyrgyz-speaking population throughout the region.