Myanmar Radio and Television

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Myanmar Radio and Television (Burmese: မြန်မာ့အသံနှင့်ရုပ်မြင်သံကြား, abbreviated MRTV), formerly the Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS), is the parent of state-run Myanmar Radio National Service, and a television channel. The television channels are broadcast from its broadcast centre in Kamayut, Yangon. The radio service is now broadcast primarily from Naypyidaw.

Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV)
TypeBroadcast radio network and
television network
OwnerMinistry of Information
Launch date
15 February 1946[1] (radio)
June 1979 (television)[2]
Former names
Burma Broadcasting Service
Official website


Radio service in Myanmar first came on air in 1936 during the British colonial era.[3] Regular programming by Bama Athan (Burmese: ဗမာ့အသံ; "Voice of Burma") began in February 1946 when the British established Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS), carrying Burmese language national and foreign news and musical entertainment, knowledge reply and school lessons and English language news and music programming.[1] After independence in 1948, it was named Myanma Athan (Burmese: မြန်မာ့အသံ; also meaning Voice of Burma, but with the more formal term "Myanmar"). The service was renamed Myanmar Radio by the military government which came to power in 1988. The junta has also renamed the radio service's parent, BBS as Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) in 1997.[3]

Until the launch of Yangon City FM in 2001, BBS/Myanmar Radio was the only radio station in the country. For years, its main broadcast centre is at 426 Pyay Road in Kamayut in Yangon. Since late 2007, the main broadcast station has moved to Naypyidaw. Yangon Station now mostly relays Naypyidaw Station's programming.

Television service in Myanmar was first introduced in June 1979 as a test trial in Yangon.[2] MRTV was first launched on 3 June 1980,[4] and regular television service was formally launched in 1981[5] using the NTSC standard.[6] In 2005, MRTV had 195 television relay stations throughout the country.[7]


In October 2013, MRTV started broadcasting on digital terrestrial with DVB-T2 System, same as most ASEAN Countries. 17 TV channels and 3 Myanmar Radio channels are on MRTV multiplex system. MRTV plans the news interface, to the modern style of starting sequences and will have well-decorated news room. The broadcasting hours also increased to 18 hours (previously 10 hours).
On February 15, 2015, MRTV adding 5 new TV channels to their Multplex Play Out system, such as MRTV-4, Channel 7, 5 Plus, MNTV and Channel 9.
On March 24, 2018, MRTV adding 5 new TV channels to their Multiplex Play out System, such as Mizzima TV, DVB TV, Channel K, YTV and Fortune TV.
Since 2014, Myanmar Radio has broadcast on FM radio from dozens of relay stations nationwide. It is broadcast 18 hours a day from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm (MMT).

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  1. ^ a b Kyaw Kyaw Htun and Win Lwin. "Myanmar Country Report" (PDF). ASEAN Mass Communication Studies and Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2008. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b Thant Myint-U (2006). The River of Lost Footsteps--Histories of Burma. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 371. ISBN 978-0-374-16342-6.
  3. ^ a b Aung Zaw (2004). Marie Korpe (ed.). Shoot the Singer!. Zed Books. p. 41. ISBN 9781842775059.
  4. ^ "Junta Launches New PR Offensive". The Irrawaddy. 1 August 2001. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010.
  5. ^ May Thaw (12–18 March 2007). "Broadcasting options expanding". Myanmar Times. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.
  6. ^ Michael Hegarty; Anne Phelan; Lisa Kilbride (1 January 1998). Classrooms for Distance Teaching and Learning: A Blueprint. Leuven University Press. pp. 260–. ISBN 978-90-6186-867-5.
  7. ^ "Myanmar to Launch Second FM Radio Station". Xinhua. Red Orbit. 5 October 2005.

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