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What is the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation?

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The Jordan Radio and Television Corporation is the state-run media outlet of the kingdom of Jordan. The radio network broadcasts a 24-hour service in Arabic as well as more limited daily service in English and French.

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National radio service in Jordan did not begin until 1948, with the state-run Jordan Radio first broadcasting in 1956. The first national television service, Jordan Television Corporation, began broadcasting in 1968 in black and white with only three hours of programming per day. A second channel was added in 1972 which broadcast programs from other countries as well as a news bulletin in English. Color television broadcasting began in 1974.

Jordan Radio and Television Corporation was formed in 1985 when the Jordan Radio and Jordan Television services merged. Satellite television service was first established through the network in 1988. A third broadcast channel was also added in 1998 that was dedicated to covering sessions of Parliament and sports broadcasts. In 2001, the three broadcast channels were rearranged. The first channel was devoted to news, coverage of Parliament and general programs, the second channel focused entirely on sports coverage and the third channel was opened to the private sector and broadcast cartoons in the morning and afternoon and movies in the evening.

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