Transmission of programmes of the new Turkmen TV channel, Turkmen Ovazy (Turkmen Melodies), has started via the Russian Yamal-201 satellite, a source in the press service of Gazprom Kosmicheskiye Sistemy (GKS) said. Yamal-201 satellite's orbital position is 90 degree of eastern longitude.
"The transmission is under way in round-the-clock regime and in line with the set schedule". This is the fifth Turkmen TV channel being transmitted via the Yamal-201 satellite," the GKS noted. The source also said round-the-clock transmission of Turkmenistan international TV channel in six languages as well as of other three TV channels - Altyn Asyr (Golden Age), Yaslyk (Youth) and Miras (Heritage) is under way."
Turkmen Ovazy was launched on 1 January 2009. Under the decree of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the channel was designed "to popularize music art and culture of Turkmen people and familiarize the world community with Turkmenistan's successes, and further enhance the efficiency of the information system.