Saturday, April 9, 2011


Since 1990, Nepal has recorded spectacular growth, both in terms of quantity and quality in the field of Media. Several large newspapers and magazines published by different institutions now characterize the print media landscape. Likewise, there has also been a phenomenal growth in the number of independent FM radio stations and Television stations. 

Television in Nepal started with the establishment of Government Owned ‘Nepal Television’ in January 1985. It was launched as a project under the sixth development plan (1980-1985) with the slogan "Communication for Development". Nepal Television was set up with a broad mission statement, "Produce and telecast programs on educational, religious and cultural conservation to promote national unity, conserve heritage and promote national interest". Even though accurate statistics was not available, it is assumed that Nepal Television could not even reach 15% of total population. Still, it had a monopoly for over next 15 years.

Today, Nepal has twelve television broadcasters including the government run- Nepal Television and NTV Plus. The private broadcasters are: Kantipur Television owned by Kantipur Publication which is located at Tinkune, Kathmandu. Image Channel owned by Image Groups of Companies is situated at Lazimpat, Kathmandu. Avenues Television, a news and current affairs channel located at Tripureswor, Kathmandu, owned by Avenues Ad. Sagarmatha Television, situated at Singhadurbar, Kathmandu. Channel Nepal is in Shantinagar, Kathmandu which is also the first Nepali language satellite channel. TV Filmy is owened by the Gopi Krishna Group that is situated at Chabel, Kathmandu. Mountain Television, also known as NBEX TV is situated at Lokanthali, Bhaktapur. Himalayan Television broadcasts from Mid-Baneshwor, Kathmandu. Likewise, Terai Television the only Television station in Nepal broadcasted from Birgunj (Outside the Valley). Likewise, Nepal 1 is from India.

Nepal Press Institute (2010). Comparative study of media and journalism of Nepal.
Adhikary, N. M. (2008). A brief study of historical development of mass media in Nepal.  Communication, media and journalism an integrated study. Kathmandu: Prashanti Prakashan.
Wikipedia Encyclopedia. Media of Nepal
By:- Biplav Acharya

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