ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s TV viewers will see the launch of a brand-new TV channel, Turan TV, on Feb. 1.
Kazakhstan’s first TV channel dedicated specifically to promoting domestic tourism, travel, active lifestyles, recreation, sports, history and the culture of the country will be broadcast in a test mode with the support of the Tourism Industry Committee of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies.
Initially, Kazakhstan cable providers, including Alma TV, ID TV and Otau TV, will have broadcast rights throughout the country. Within the next two months, Turan TV will also be available via satellite.
According to the press service of the Tourism Industry Committee, as a high-definition channel, Turan TV will be broadcast in a 16:9 ratio and a 720p format with two parallel stereo and audio paths in the Kazakh and Russian languages.
As Chairman of the Tourism Industry Committee Marat Igaliyev noted, the TV channel’s main objective is to encourage Kazakhstan’s domestic tourism.
“Promoting local tourism is now of particular interest as we approach the launch of EXPO 2017 in Astana. Kazakhstan’s first travel channel will also be available online, so Internet surfers may watch the TV programmes at any convenient time and anywhere in the world,” Igaliyev said.
He also added that in the very near future the TV channel will launch its website, www.turan.tv. Moreover, users of the social networks Facebook, Vkontakte and YouTube will have access to monthly news, photos and videos about nature and tourism in Kazakhstan.
The head of Turan TV, Roman Botabekov, who is also president of the Sport Fishing Federation of Kazakhstan, said, “The content of the TV channel will be of general interest, as it covers many entertaining topics such as travelling, hunting and fishing as well as tourist and cultural attractions in Kazakhstan, including the most beautiful places, the most delicious dishes, the most unusual rituals, celebrations of different nationalities and mysteries of history. In pursuit of wonderful discoveries, the authors of the travel channel will reach the most charming and secluded corners of Kazakhstan.”
Eighty percent of the broadcast of Turan TV will be its own production; 20 percent will be documentary and feature films.