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Somali National Television (SNTV) (Somali: Telefishinka Qaranka Soomaaliyeed) is the national television station of Somalia.

Somali National Television
2011 (re-launch)
Area served
Somalia & abroad (satellite)
OwnerFederal Government of Somalia


The first regular TV services began in Somalia in 1983,[1] with funds obtained from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates with broadcasting (in Somali and Arabic) two hours daily and three hours on Fridays and holidays, ceasing its operation during the civil war.[2] Somali National Television is the principal public service broadcaster in Somalia. Headquartered in Mogadishu, the nation's capital, its main responsibility is to provide public service broadcasting throughout the country.

SNTV is regulated by the Ministry of Information, Posts & Telecommunication of the Somali Council of Ministers.


On March 18, 2011, the Ministry of Information of the Transitional Federal Government began experimental broadcasts of the new television channel. After a 20-year hiatus, the station was shortly thereafter officially re-launched on April 4, 2011.[3]

SNTV broadcasts 24 hours a day, and can be viewed both within Somalia and abroad via terrestrial and satellite platforms.[4]

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