Kamba Language Satellite TV Channel Opens in Sichuan's Tibetan Prefecture


The Kamba Tibetan language satellite TV channel has opened in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern Sichuan Province.

The channel, which began to operate on a trial basis on Oct. 28, is the third of its kind using the Tibetan language after the first in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and the second in Qinghai Province.

The newly-opened channel uses the Sichuan Provincial TV Station logo and call signals, according to the Sichuan Provincial Bureau of Radio Film and Television.

It covers the Kamba Tibetan language-speaking areas in Tibet Autonomous Region, Sichuan, Qinghai, Yunnan and Gansu provinces.

The channel broadcasts 18 hours a day, with its programs involving primarily news, comprehensive programs and translated programs.

The Weizang, Kamba and Amdo dialects are the three major dialects Tibetans speak. The Tibetan-language channel in Tibet uses the Weizang dialect and the one in Qinghai uses the Amdo dialect.

The operation of the Kamba Tibetan language channel enables about 2.4 million Tibetans who can not understand other Tibetan dialects to watch TV programs.

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