Project: Open Asia

The Media Support Initiative (MSI) targets audiences and media communities in the five Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It provides support for the production and distribution of high-quality, socially-oriented television programming via the Nau TV satellite channel to audiences across the region, as well as a robust advocacy component to improve the legal environment for media in Central Asia.

Through the Nau TV satellite channel and its network of 45 independent regional TV stations (including 13 in Kyrgyzstan), Internews supports production and broadcasting of over 13 hours per day of innovative informational content to a potential terrestrial audience of over 15 million people regionally, plus millions more via direct-to-home satellite TV. Terrestrial broadcasting reaches nearly 90% of Kyrgyzstan’s population through programs on the public broadcaster, TRK, and the national channel 5.

Internews’ flagship TV programs include M@trix, a youth-oriented show on internet and technology, and Open Asia, which features segments on news from a grassroots perspective in each of four Central Asian nations. Each are broadcast in Russian and the five local languages.

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