President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov attends ceremony of opening Turkmenistan Broadcasting Centre

The grandiose parade of architectural and building premieres to mark the 20th anniversary of independence of Turkmenistan was continued in the Turkmen capital. The Turkmenistan Broadcasting Centre was opened in Ashgabat on October 17. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov attended the ceremony of opening this supermodern telecommunications facility.

It sprang up on the slope of the Kopetdag ridge in the south of Ashgabat. The putting into operation of the Turkmenistan Broadcasting Centre is new vivid evidence for the efforts the Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov takes to modernise and develop the telecommunications sector and introduce advance, innovative technologies in this sphere that is a state policy priority in the epoch of new Revival.

A festive atmosphere reigned at the Turkmenistan Broadcasting Centre from early morning. The Chairperson of the Mejlis, the Vice Premiers, the heads of ministries and departments, military and law enforcement agencies, news agencies and public organisations of the Galkynys National Movement and diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan in foreign countries had gathered together there to participate in the ceremony. Among the ceremony participants were specialists of the television and radio channels, who were moving to the new building on that day, citizens of Ashgabat and students.

Everyone greeted President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with enthusiasm. Girls dressed in bright national costumes presented bouquets of flowers.

The festivities began with a literary and musical composition prepared by TV and radio specialists. The traditional greetings and familiar tunes of the Turkmen radio were heard and followed by the tunes of the Watan TV programme as some kind of symbol of intergenerational continuity.

A bright musical and dance performance was presented on the square in front of the new Broadcasting Centre. The artistic groups put their inspiration and masterly performance in this composition.

Then President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov cut the ribbon to the storm of applause of ceremony participants and guests. The Turkmenistan Broadcasting Centre was opened!

The Turkmen leader entered the building where supermodern technological ‘stuffing’ would allow producing high quality television and radio programmes.

Entering the foyer, where the film about the stages of construction of the new Broadcasting Centre was being demonstrated on several big monitors, the Turkmen leader headed to the big studio the area of which is 600 square metres. The heads and specialists of the national television channels cordially greeted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov there.

In the studio the Turkmen leader blessed the starting of the sixth television channel which derived its name from the Turkmen capital. Then the President walked around the studio to see the working conditions created for local specialists and equipment they would use. Asking in detail about the major characteristics and functionality of state-of-the-art devices and apparatuses installed there, the Turkmen leader emphasized they should be effectively and efficiently used to produce high quality, informative programmes which must be distinguished for the high level of artistry, richness of content, thematic diversity and modern audio and video design. In this context the major requirement was professionalism of the local personnel and, of course, a creative approach. It was also important to design the broadcasting grid of the Ashgabat channel so that the audience would find it interesting, said the Turkmen leader wishing the local personnel successful and fruitful work.

In their turn the TV specialists expressed profound gratitude to the Turkmen leader for his unceasing concern and tireless efforts to modernise Turkmen television and assured that they would apply every effort to fulfil the assigned tasks.

In the 24th floor the President visited the conference hall designed for 250 people where ceremony participants had gathered together. They gave a standing ovation the Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Greeting ceremony participants and guests, the President cordially congratulated them on the upcoming 20th anniversary of independence of the Motherland and the opening and putting into operation of the Turkmenistan Broadcasting Centre.

The Turkmen leader noted that every day of the year of the celebrations of the anniversary of independence of our sovereign country was filled with joyful events. The solemn ceremonies of opening and putting new modern factories and plants, higher educational institutions and schools, kindergartens, apartment houses other numerous social and cultural and industrial facilities into operation are taking place throughout the country to mark the national holiday. All this testifies to a sustainable economic growth and much attention paid to improvement of the people’s welfare. Everything we do in our county is aimed at guaranteeing a prosperous and happy life of citizens. This is the aim of the state policy consistently and steadily pursued by Turkmenistan.

The Turkmen leader said the opening of the Turkmenistan Broadcasting Centre in our white-marble capital on the eve of the 20th anniversary of independence of the Motherland was a new important step to modernise broadcast and telecommunications networks in the country. The Centre is to become one of the most beautiful constructions of unique architectural decision in Ashgabat. This magnificent facility is 211 metres in height and seen from all parts of the capital city and neighbouring settlements. The total area of all studios and premises of the TV tower is over 60,000 square metres. The Centre is supplied with state-of-the-art equipment which allows using the digital broadcasting format; the favourable conditions created for the fruitful work of journalists, stage directors, cameramen, newsreaders and presenters of television and radio productions will enable them to fulfil the important tasks, said the Turkmen leader.

Expressing gratitude to CEO of Polimeks Erol Tabanca, the President said the Turkish company had done good work and managed to meet modern requirements and embody the national cultural peculiarities in the design of the Broadcasting Centre.

The Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a number of documents authorising to establish the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan and the State Committee for Television, radio and Cinematography of Turkmenistan and appointing the high-ranking officials. In particular, the President said the new television tower should be referred to as the Turkmenistan Broadcasting Centre.

This decision was welcomed with the storm of applause.

The Turkmen leader said the newly appointed heads of the State Committee for Television, Radio and Cinematography must ensure the national television and radio channels would effectively operate, and to this effect the professional skills of local personnel should be improved on a regular basis. It is necessary to effectively and efficiently state-of-the-art equipment installed in the new Broadcasting Centre and to ensure the new television channels, Ashgabat and Sport, were managed in a proper manner. The President said scientific and technological advances and innovative technologies, including live broadcast of the festivities and sporting events from sports arenas of the capital city, should be used to produce new television and radio programmes.

In this context President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed belief that the Centre personnel would produce many new, politically, ideologically and artistically outstanding productions, which are interesting for TV and radio audiences and distinguished for richness of content and original design what would inspire and make people happy. The Turkmen leader emphasized that these productions should reflect the ongoing socio-economic reforms, the spiritual values of the Turkmen people – their philosophical concepts, aesthetic views and moral principles. The President said these productions should glorify outstanding achievements our Motherland had gained during the years of independence, especially in the epoch of new Revival.

TV and radio specialists should propagate new and progressive phenomena occurring in life of the country, raise issues of concern and offer solutions. Given the fact that television and radio as well as other mass media play the growing role in forming and developing social consciousness, bringing up versatile individuals, the state would take further measures, provide support and strengthen the material and technological basis, stated the President.

Cordially congratulating ceremony participants on the upcoming 20th anniversary of independence of Turkmenistan and the opening of the new Broadcasting Centre, the Turkmen leader wished them good heath, good mood, inspired labour, happiness and new achievements for the benefit of the beloved Motherland.

The Turkmen leader’s speech was welcomed with the storm of applause.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wrote an entry to the Book of Guests of Honour to commemorate the event.

After leaving the conference hall, the President visited the studio of the Yaslyk channel where the TV show for youngest spectators was being prepared. Young citizens of Turkmenistan, who were participating in this show, joyfully greeted the Turkmen leader, and the presenter expressed profound gratitude to the President for the construction of the wonderful building of the Broadcasting Centre.

Talking to the children, the Turkmen leader asked them about this show and their plans for the future. Bidding farewell to the local personnel, who received valuable presents, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wished them new accomplishments in the creative activity.

The President visited the studio where the news programme for the Altyn Asyr: Turkmenistan TV channel was being prepared. Talking to the local personnel, the Turkmen leader asked about the specificity and process of producing the programme and presenting the information about important events of life of the state and society. The local personnel and presenters expressed profound gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for his unceasing concern for TV specialists and the favourable working conditions.

Then the President visited the studio of the Miras TV channel to see equipment installed in the studio and the working conditions created for the personnel. In this context the Turkmen leader underlined the importance of the programmes produced on the TV channel in promoting the rich historical and cultural heritage of the Turkmen nation all over the world. The President instructed all necessary measures to improve the professional skills of cultural workers and the quality of TV and radio productions. The participants of the new programme, journalists and directors expressed sincere gratitude to the Turkmen leader for the wonderful present – the studio supplied with state-of-the-art equipment.

Then the President took the express lift to the 29th floor of the Centre building where the revolving restaurant is located. There the Turkmen leader said all necessary conditions for recreation and comfort of clients should be created in the restaurant from where they could enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the Turkmen capital.

After leaving the Turkmenistan Broadcasting Centre, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov examined the mobile television studio and specialized vehicles which would be used by the personnel of the Broadcasting Centre. Asking about devices and apparatuses installed at specialized vehicles and the working conditions created for specialists, the Turkmen leader expressed belief that state-of-the-art equipment which meets modern requirements and international standards would help Turkmen TV specialists to produce and broadcast high quality productions.

Bidding farewell to ceremony participants and wishing specialists of the television and radio channels great success in their activity, the President boarded a helicopter and left the venue.

The President inspected the progress of construction work in the capital, in particular development of Bitarap Avenue, one of the central highways of Ashgabat.

Inspecting the progress in implementing the urban planning programme, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov instructed Vice Premier D. Orazov to take all necessary measures to ensure the construction projects in the capital met the quality requirements and construction schedule.

The President’s helicopter landed on the special area near the building of the Institute of National Security. There Secretary of the State Security Council, Minister of National Security Ya. Berdiev reported to the Turkmen leader.

The President received the report and wished those present every success in their work. Then the Turkmen leader left the territory of the Institute.