AzTV | Azərbaycan Televiziyası

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Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting Closed Joint-Stock Company is the oldest television company in our country.

Azerbaijan Radio was established on November 6, 1926, and Azerbaijan Television – on February 14, 1956. Azerbaijan Television has played the most significant role in the formation of television network of country. This PRIMACY proved itself in the activity of all television channels, created in the period of independence.

On March 23, 1956, Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting Closed Joint-Stock Company was established by the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan No 213.

Azerbaijan Television has a very wide audience. At present, Azerbaijan Television programmes can be watched not only in every city, village, and remote locations of our country, but also in many countries of the world. Azerbaijan Television has its own correspondents in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. Since 2013 Arab countries and North Africa Bureau has begun its activities.

Since February 2004 a better broadcasting quality of Azerbaijan Television has been provided in European countries. As a result of installation of a digital TV station – Up-link in the television tower complex by specialists of the Teleradio Production Association, Azerbaijan Television programmes began to be broadcasted to Europe via Hot Bird and SESAT satellites, to North America via Galaxy 25, and to Asia via Turksat 1C. In 2007 Azerbaijan Television was awarded the European Quality medal for the high-quality technical broadcasting to Europe.

Azerbaijan Teleradio is headed by a team of professional creative staff and managers.

It is no coincidence that on the eve of a half-century anniversary of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting, many Teleradio journalists and directors were presented with various state awards – honorary titles, orders and medals.

Currently, on Azerbaijan Television, talk shows on various themes, autobiographical and travel programmes, music and entertainment programmes, television plays, documentaries and feature films are broadcast in HD format. 

The activity of Azerbaijan Television can be divided into two stages: pre-independence and subsequent periods.

The beginning

Azerbaijan Television started its activity on February 14, 1956, just 30 years after radio. It coincided with the emergence of a new era of transparency in the Soviet society, which was liberated from the Stalinist regime.

Construction of the building for the Baku Television Center began in 1954. The spot for construction was selected in one of the highest places in Baku at 1 Mehdi Huseyn Street. The building of the telecentre that was built by Azerbaijani builders and specialists, jointly with the colleagues from Moscow and Leningrad was commissioned in the end of 1955. Until February 1956 pilot programmes of the Baku studio had been broadcasted from time to time.

On the first day of broadcasting, a young actress Nadjiba Melikova, who will later become a well-known artist of Azerbaijan, appeared on the screen. Having started with the phrase "Baku presents!”, she congratulated the audience on the launch of the television, then the feature film Bakhtiyar was shown.

The Baku studio used to go on the air with a two-hour programme first two times a week, then – three.

For the absence of television professionals, in the early days, radio, newspaper and theater staff were invited for the job. There was no idea about programming, networking and modeling on television at that time. For this reason this new mass media acted as image relay. Television workers gathered every day to decide what to show to the audience. The choice was not rich: concerts of classical and pop music, feature films, theater performances, interviews on socio-political issues, performances of leading workers, performances of advanced laborers were shown, and the announcer read short 15-minute news articles.

Since 1957 Azerbaijan Television had started broadcasting 5 times a week, and the daily volume had been increased to 2 hours 20 minutes.

In 1962 the volume of daily transmissions increased to 7 hours. Since 1970 the volume of daily programmes of Azerbaijan Television had increased to 10 hours, and in the 80s – to 18 hours. From January 2005 television has switched to a 24-hour transmission.

Television status

In 1956 Baku Television Studio and the Radio Information Enterprise worked separately. In October 1957 Television was exempted from subordination to the Ministry of Culture and, having joined Radio Information Department, was renamed the State Committee of Television and Radio Broadcasting under the Council of Ministers of the Republic.

In 1970 this organization received the status of the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting.

In 1991 the committee became a company.

Since June 2003 Nakhchivan Television, which is part of the Azerbaijan State Television, had begun independent activities.

Since 2005 the company has become Closed Joint-Stock Company Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting by President Ilham Aliyev's decree.


In 1956 Baku Television Studio was headed by Anvar Alibeyli, and Radio Information Department – by Israfil Nazarov.

On May 16, 1957, Teymur Aliyev was appointed the chairman of the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting, and Nasir Imanguliyev – the first deputy chairman.

In 1965 Teymur Aliyev was appointed for position in the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan, and, consequently, Anvar Alibeyli became the chairman of Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee.

Imran Mirzoyev replaced Anvar Alibeyli, who suddenly died in 1969. His presidency had lasted 11 months.

In January 1970 Gurban Yusifzadeh, the head of the department of Baku Higher Party School, was appointed as chairman of the Teleradio Committee. He had held this position until 1982.

In 1983 Elshad Guliyev was appointed to the post of chairman. After the events of January 20, 1990, E. Guliyev resigned.

On January 27, 1990, he was replaced by Geysar Khalilov. Geysar Khalilov had held this position until November 1991.

From November 1991 to March 6, 1992, Mammad Murad was the head of the Television and Radio Company.

On March 7, 1992, Elshad Guliyev was again appointed chairman of the Teleradio Company, and had headed it until May 14, 1992.

On May 14, 1992, having returned to power for one day, Ayaz Mutallibov again returned Mammad Murad to the management of the company, but Mammad Murad was also able to stay in this post for only one day.

The television company Popular Front, which came to power in mid-May 1992, appointed the poet Mammad Ismayil as chairman. On September 5, 1996, he was suspended.

In 1993 Babek Mammadov replaced Mammad Ismayil. On September 5, 1996, Babek Mammadov was dismissed.

In September 1996 Nizami Khudiyev was appointed chairman of the Teleradio Company. In June 2006 by the decree of President Ilham Aliyev, N. Khudiyev was relieved of the post of Chairman of the Closed Joint-Stock Company Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting.

On August 16, 2006, Arif Alyshanov was appointed to the post of chairman in CJSC Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting by the decree of President Ilham Aliyev.

By the decree of President Ilham Aliyev dated  January 16, 2019, A. Alyshanov was deprived of position.

Currently, the post of chairman of CJSC Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting is performed by the famous journalist Rovshan Mammadov.

The first announcers

In May 1956 the first announcers appeared on the screen. Among them were Tamara Gozalova, Naila Mekhdibaeva, Sevda Ganizadeh, Sarah Manafova, Rena Nasirova, Rakhshan Aslanova, Sima Hasiyeva, Nizami Mammadov.

Later, on television there new generation of announcers appeared: Rosa Tagiyeva, Rafig Huseynov, Opheliya Sanani, Shargiya Huseynova, Sabir Aleskerov, Hijran Huseynov, Hagiget Askerova, Natavan Hajieva, Tamilla Alekperova, Davud Akhmedov, Gyulshan Akberova, Nargiz Jalilova,Ulkar Guliyeva, Aygul Garadagly, Nailya Islamzadeh, Sevda Agazadeh, Dilyara Salimova, Kamala Guseynova, Rafiq Gashimov, Nailya Babayeva, Nasimi Nabizadeh, Afag Akhmedova, Zamira Dadasheva, Aynura Mehtiyeva, Aynur Mammadzadeh..


By 1956 the construction of the television tower had not been completed yet. Therefore, the transmitter of the Baku studio was installed on a regular 44-meter oil well.

The tower with a height of 180 meters was commissioned in 1957. At that time, the programmes, broadcasted by the tower, could be watched only in and around the capital.

With the launch of the Baku-Aghstafa radiorelearing line in 1960, television retransmitters started operating at Goychay-Ganja-Aghstafa stations. As a result, it was possible to watch television in many urban centers and residential areas of Azerbaijan.

The launch of powerful television stations in Ganja, Goychay, and Shusha in 1961 enabled Baku to broadcast its programmes easily in Hanlar, Goranboy, Yevlah, Mingachevir, Aghjabadi and Nagorno-Karabakh.

Due to the small television station established in Nakhchivan in January 1962, the population of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic was able to watch television programmes. With the help of this station Nakhchivan studio, which started its work on March 12, 1963, began to broadcast its programmes to the local population.

With the launch of the Baku-Moscow radiorelearing line on January 31, 1964, the population of our Republic got the opportunity to watch programmes of Moscow Central Television, "Intervision" and "Eurovision" broadcasts.

After extension of programmes time, as well as applying advanced technology in communication and telecommunication systems, the construction of new television tower was required. In 1979 the Ministry of Communications began operating in Baku to build a 310-meter television tower. The construction of a new television tower, begun in 1981, was completed and put into operation on June 7, 1996.

At present, Azerbaijan Television programmes can be viewed not only in cities, villages and remote locations of our country, but also in many countries of the world.

Technical capacity

By September 2, 1956, Baku studio had already demonstrated up to 100 feature films. Baku audience was presented with such newsreels as Soviet Azerbaijan, Science and Technology, Foreign Chronicle and Pioneer. Artists from Moscow and other republics of the USSR often performed at the Baku studio.

At first, Baku studio consisted of two rooms with a total area of 30 square meters. In one half of the room, movie equipment was installed, and in the other, the performances of the announcers and small music groups were organized and broadcasted.

In the studio there was only one studio camera, as well as two cameras in the movie projection room to show films and transparencies. One of the three cameras was meant for an announcer or a performer, and the other two – for the film. When the camera failed, then the image and text of the speaker were transmitted from the movie projection room.

The launch of the television station STS-52 has enabled making broadcasts outside the studio since 1957.

On June 9, 1957, the first broadcast was a football game on the Republican stadium. The report from the stadium was led by radio journalist Valid Sanani. On June 28 the festival of students and the youth was broadcast from the same stadium. Live broadcasts began from the stage of Academic Drama Theatre, Opera and Ballet Theater, Philharmonic, and other concert halls.

In 1958 after purchasing in Leningrad (present-day St. Petersburg) eight-channel equipment, considered modern technical equipment at that time, the reconstruction of the Telecentre began.

Since the mid-1960s new technologies have been applied in studios.

Videotaping equipment KMZI-4 used in the shooting pavilions since 1965 made it possible to record transmissions on video-magnetic tapes

Until 1970 the lack of video equipment in the local broadcasting space slowed down the development of television. After shootings on a 16mm tape were available in the 1970-72s, it became possible to show reports in news programmes. The improved Cadre-2 video system created favorable conditions for editing.

Since 1970 Moscow Television programmes have begun to broadcast colorfully. Since 1973, Azerbaijan Television was able to broadcast colorfully only in Baku. After the launch of the CADRE-3R video recorder in the mid-70s, the electronic filming quality improved.

In the 1970-1980s video equipment became widely used on the air.

In 1985 Azerbaijan Television took the 4th place in the USSR for its technical equipment, production and demonstration of films and various programmes on Central Television.

From 1981 to 1991 the most advanced technology for that time appeared on television. The annual enhancing of technical capabilities has gradually improved the quality of the broadcasts, helping to find new forms. With the emergence of video cameras, it became possible to shoot, mount, and even go live.

At present, Azerbaijan Television has switched to digital production.


In the first years, informational programmes were broadcasted, such as The Portraits of Azerbaijan Composers, Literature and Art, Classics of Azerbaijan Literature, Outstanding Stage Masters, Theater and Concert Halls of Baku, Lenin Prize Winners, School and Life, Voluntary People’s Squad, Our Guests, Before the Festival, etc.

Since 1958 journalistic genre has been preferred in the programmes, and, in this regard, the number of reportages increased. Live broadcasts from festivities, concerts and meetings enriched the themes of reporting

Since the late 1960s, along with the improvement of the technical equipment, interesting authors and directors has appeared.

Newscast of Azerbaijan Television has begun to air since 1960. In the early days, this programme was called News of the Day. From April of the same year, the informational release titled Newscast was issued 5 times a week. More extensive news programmes began to air after the appearance of informational programme Time on Central Television. In 1967 the informational programme Screen of the Day appeared. This programme conveyed to the audience the most important events, official information and meetings taking place in the country and around the world. In the 1960s and 1970s such programmes as Land of Fire, Friendship, Time and We, Memory: Voice of History, Horizons of Our Industry, Student Club, Club of Cheerful and Witty appeared on local television.

On December 31, 1960, the first New Year programme Together with You went on the air. In live transmission that was lasting over 2 hours there music and greetings sounded, sketches were shown, as well as plots and conversations shot at enterprises. The author and director of the programme was Karim Karimov, and the presenter – People's Artist Mohsun Sanani.

At the end of the 70s there were already such interesting programmes on the screen as Human and Law, Literature and Time, Parents, for You, Audacity, Student’s Club, Health, Art, Story Evening, Humorous Novels, How are You, a Young Friend?, Seventh Continent, Peers, School Dances, and Perfection.

In the 70-80s there were such journalists in the field of television journalism as Alekper Abbasov, Tofig Akhundov, Zeynal Mammadli, Nadir Abdullaev, Garib Ahmedli, Telman Gafarov, Tamilla Ashumova, Nadezhda Ismaylova, Telli Aliyeva, Tofig Abbasov, Ilgar Gasymov, Osman Mirzoev, Samir Askerkhanov, Famil Israfilov. They tried to demonstrate new forms and styles to the viewer.

In the 1980s there were 50 types of programmes on the air of Azerbaijan Television. Among them were programmes, such as The Screen of the Day, Publicity, At Your Request, Dreams, Morning Meetings, Travel to the Comedy World, Dialogue, Wave, With no Secrets, Relevant Conversation, Publicist, Trust, Window to the World, Over a Cup of Tea, etc. Such programmes as In the World of Jazz of Vagif Samedogly, Ramp of Mehdi Mammadov, Eureka of Khudu Mammadov, Appendix of Kamal Abulla, Retro of Ayaz Salayev, and Bayaty of Alexander Grich and Intigam Gasymzadehwere very popular with the audience.

In the 80s the chief editorial board of Sports Programmes was created on AzTV, the number of commentators, who prepared reports from the football matches, increased. Among them were sports journalists as Chingiz Ismayilov, Aidyn Aliyev, Agshyn Kazymzadeh, Alekper Abbasov and Nijat Ragimov. Moreover, new programmes Chess School, Morning Gymnastics appeared. Gymnastic exercises were accompanied by the famous pianists Gyulara Aliyeva and Zaur Rzayev. Morning sports programmes on AzTV, over time, were improved. As in Central Television, various groups of gymnasts were invited to the studio. At the end of the last century even aerobics classes were organized.



In June 1956 several screen productions of the episodes from the work of Nariman Narimanov Shamdan Bek, directed by Rauf Kazimovski, were shown. Later, such plays as You are Beautiful of Magerram Aliyev, Lachinnest of Suleyman Sani Akhundov, Sabah of Mehdi Hussein were presented to the attention of the audience.

In the mid-1960s the Shalala television theater was created. At that time, directors Adil Iskenderov, Magerram Gashimov, Rauf Kazimovski, Agali Dadashov, Arif Babayev, Kamil Rustambekov, Lyutfi Mammadbekov, Agakishi Kazymov, Ismet Safaralibekov, Tahir Tahirov and Karim Karimov contributed to the development of the television theater by creating monumental productions.

Arif Babayev, whom a group of experts called “Paganini of Television”, was the first director, who created the play in a television style. He laid the foundation for the television play based on novel by Konstantin Paustovskiy Snow.

In 1975 the teleplay Deceived Stars of Rauf Kazymovski, based on eponymous work of M.F. Akhundov, received wide public interest.

In the 70s and 80s directors Bunyad Mammadov, Ramiz Hasanogly (Mirzayev), Tariyel Valiyev, etc. drew public attention with their works. Ramiz Hasanogly staged teleplays based on the following works: The Last Night of Leaving Year, ‘Me, You, He and the Phone’, Century Revives Us, House Awry of Anar, Crossroads of Ruhangiz Gasymova, Topal Timur of Huseyn Javid, From There or Here of Rauf and Zamina Hajiyevs, Man in Green Glasses of Vagif Sammadogly. Serial play of Tariyel Valiyev based on such works of Aslan Gahramanov as I’m Looking for You, Sorry, Without You elicited high public interest.

Such productions as You are Always with Me, Atayev Family of I. Efendiyev, Flame of M. Husseyna, The Innocent Abdulla of M. Javakhashvili, In the Train of I. Malikzadeh, Astana of Aleksey Dubarev, Untuned Piano of M. Suleymanly, The Hotel Hostess of K. Goldonin, Old Fashioned Comedy of A. Arbuzov were released on the screen in the 1980s.

In 1993 for the development of television theatre, the Creative Association Sabah was established, and the director Ramiz Hasanogly was appointed its head. The first television production of Sabah was Kamancha based on the play of Jalil Mammadguluzadeh. Then there were the following popular productions: Hungry Simpletons, Mother’s Book, Room 6, Prisoner, The King is Dying, Obsession, Night, Voice on the Rocks, Half of the State, Cleopatra, The Court of Conquerors, Anxiety, Dede Gorgud, Egg, Necrologue, and Invitation.

Creative Association Azerbaijanantelefilm

Since 1958 Baku Television directors and cameramen have begun to shoot the documentary films. In 1960 filmmaker Kamil Rustambekov, in conjunction with cameraman Alihuseyn Huseynov, artist Fikret Akhmedov, composer Zakir Bagirov and sound engineer Agaguseyn Karimov, started shootings of the feature film Aigun based on the poem of Samad Vurgun. The film was first screened on Baku Television in 1961. Kamil Rustambekov entered the history of Azerbaijan as the director of the first television feature film.

In 1965 director Rasim Ismayilov, together with cameraman Vagif Behbudov, artist Rafig Ismaylov, and composer Ruhangiz Gasimova shot the first cartoon Speaking Lights.

Screen Creative Association, which started operating in 1968, played an important role in the creation of feature and documentary films, autobiographies and animations. In 1973 this organization was renamed Azerbaijanantelefilm Creative Association.

Miracles in the Caspian, Uzeyir Hajibeyli, People's Singer, Togrul Narimanbekov, Ray in the Sea and other films were later created.

In the early years, creative success to Telefilm was brought by scriptwriters, cameramen, sound engineers and directors, such as A. Babayev, K. Rustambekov, R. Kazymovski, N. Gasanov, N. Shykhaliev, A. Chechikov, S. Aliyev, I. Karimov, A. Gazyev and E. Ibragimov.

The Smile of Actress, Bashyr Safarogly by Rauf Kazymovski, ethnography Wedding by Arif Gaziyev, biographical films about F. Amirova, K. Karayev, Z. Khanlarova, film In Search about T. Salayev of Teymur Bakirzadeh, short film This is Sattar Bahlulzadeh by Ramiz Akhundov and film Mushfig by Nazim Abbasov were shot. Later, films such as Sun over the Bay, Absheron Songs, Baku Archipelago, Romance of Life, and The Songs of Shovket were created.

Director Nazim Rzayev's Human Rescues the Caspian film about the ecology of the Caspian Sea was bestowed on special awards in the festival of documentary television films in 1969 in Klaipeda and in 1970 in Riga.

By the order of Heydar Aliyev dated 1970, a movie complex was built to improve the material and technical base of television. The potential of the film base created the conditions for the production of a large number of documentary television films.

During the years of independence, documentary films that went into the country's screen chronicle were shot. Among them were Occupation, Refugees, and Azerbaijan Tragedy. The director of all three films was Nazim Abbas. Biographical films of such politicians as Heydar Aliyev, Suleyman Dimirel, artists as Shovket Alekperova, Khalil Rza, Jovdat Hajiyev were shot.

By 2008 Azerbaijantelefilm had produced more than 800 hours of documentary television films. Most of these multi-genre films were shot on film tape, and the rest – on video tape. At present, hundreds of films dedicated to history, ethnography, culture and art of our nation, and also to science and art figures are kept in the television fund.

The road to independence

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that started in 1988 became a real test for Azerbaijan Television. Azerbaijan Television, controlled by the Communist Party and not ready for the conflict that began inside the USSR, was not able to form the information policy properly. Only 10 days later, Azerbaijan Television, with the permission of the “higher-ups”, was able to broadcast short news about the long-lasting rallies of separatists in Khankendi under the title “Status in Karabakh”. The information about mass rallies in Baku against unfair position of the Communist Party Secretary General of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev and members of Central Committee towards Azerbaijan was broadcast by television only after 2 days. It became possible due to resistance of AzTV leadership against the will of the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party A. Vazirov. Having opposed Gorbachev’s anti-Azerbaijan policy and actions of the then leadership of Azerbaijan that were far from national interests, Azerbaijan Television staff, together with the people, demanded compliance with the Constitution of Azerbaijan, international law and the prevention of illegal actions of the Armenian separatists. Political observers, speaking on Azerbaijan Television, courageously discussed the essence of Kremlin policy towards Azerbaijan, the uncontrolled social-political situation in country and legal people’s demands. Despite the promises of Moscow emissaries on the air of Azerbaijan Television that Kremlin will not deploy troops in Azerbaijan, and will not declare a state of emergency, on January 19, 1990, at 19:26, the energy block of Azerbaijan Television was blown up.

The resumption of broadcasting on Azerbaijan Television became possible only on January 28. Announcer Rafig Huseynov, who came out in black suit and without tie, gave his condolences to the people whose 131 peaceful sons and daughters were killed by the Soviet Army. As television was under the control of the military, only military censored information, programmes and broadcasts were transmitted. This situation had continued until September 1991.After the coup d'état in Moscow, appointed by Kremlin, president Ayaz Mutallibov lost the support of the Soviet Army, and the independence of republics in the post-Soviet area became inevitable. On October 18, 1991, Azerbaijan proclaimed its independence, and Azerbaijan Television from provincial channel turned into the main television of independent state.

The difficult path to independence was not without losses for Azerbaijan Television. When a helicopter was blown up in the sky above the village of Garakend, along with Azerbaijan officials, the journalist Ala Mustafayev, cameraman Fakhreddin Shakhbazov and illuminator 19-year-old Arif Huseynzade also died in it. Later, Chingiz Mustafayev, one of the first reporters on Azerbaijan Television, died at the front from bullet wounds.

In the end of 1991, under the influence of events taking place in Russian Television, reforms started on local television: the studios replaced the editorial offices, and presenters replaced announcers; changes were made in the content and form of information programme 24 Hours; the following programmes began to air: night information programme 1000 Seconds, 215 KL Studio Presents, Welcome, Handle, and so forth.

The aggravation of the socio-political situation in the country in early 1992, increased hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent areas, Khojaly genocide with the direct participation of Russian troops, occupation of Shusha and Lachin, change of A. Mutallibov’s power by National Front on May 15, 1992, also influenced on inner processes in AzTV. Suffice it to say that from the end of 1991 to the end of May 1992, 4 chairmen were replaced on AzTV.

During this period, at the request of various political forces, broadcast was interrupted at any time, and statements were made. At the end of March 1993, during a live broadcast on television of the debate of Prime Minister Panah Huseynov with representatives of the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan, Minister of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan Iskender Hamidov entered the studio and started insulting members of opposition and television staff. This event had caused great public dissatisfaction. In the 1992-1993s as a result of insufficient attention to military-patriotic ideas and national values, television constantly began to lose its reputation.

During the events in Ganja on June 4, 1993, television had played a very important role in running active public awareness. Preference was given to live broadcasts of interviews and statements of Heydar Aliyev invited during famous events in Baku, as well as to the meetings of the National Assembly. During the separatism of the Talysh-Mughan Republic in October 1994 and the March events in 1995, Heydar Aliyev directly addressed the public on the air of Azerbaijan Television. The great politician demonstrated to the public how the cunning plans of our enemies collapsed. As a result of Heydar Aliyev’s appeal to the people on television on October 4, 1994, hundreds of people, including representatives of the opposition, gathered in front of the Presidential Administration to express their support for the political course of the country's president. Public, protesting against the attempts of Surat Huseynov to overthrow the government, demonstrated its preference for living in stability and democracy in an independent state. This rally was broadcast live on Azerbaijan Television all night. The next day, a rally on Freedom Square was broadcast via the Azerbaijan Television cameras countrywide.

As the stability in the country strengthened, new television programmes began to appear, such as Postscript, This is Our Homeland, National Heroes, Baku Studio Presents, Life, Implicit and Explicit, TV Courier, My Homeland, Autograph, etc.

In the 2000s the number of correspondents of Azerbaijan Television abroad has increased. 

At present, one can watch talk shows on various topics, autobiographies, music and entertainment programmes, television plays, and documentaries on the air of Azerbaijan Television.

The Mugham Television Competition-2007, organized by Azerbaijan Television on the project of the Foundation Friends of the Culture of Azerbaijan with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, earned the sympathy of our compatriots not only in our country, but also abroad.

Nowadays, Azerbaijan Television enters a completely new stage of its development: new editorial offices and programmes are being created, young professional personnel are involved in the creative process, new studios are being built, and, most importantly, a new modern creative approach is observed.


The team of professional creative staff and managers leads Teleradio of Azerbaijan. It is no surprise that on the eve of a half-century anniversary of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting, many Telearadio journalists and directors received various state awards – honorary titles, orders and medals.

Only in the 2006-2007s Azerbaijan Television received dozens of awards and diplomas from various state structures and public organizations for its activities.

For participation in the Ashug festival organized by the Yıldırım municipality, for the coverage of the International Week of Culture and Art of Yunus Emre, in the development terms of Turkish-Azerbaijani relations for the creation of the film The Road Leading to the Future, dedicated to the province of Ygdyr, AzTV got a commendation from the municipalities of Yıldırım, Ygdyr and Eskisehir.

Our place in the television space

It is proud to say that Azerbaijan Television has played an important role in the formation of the television space. This PRIMACY has shown itself in the activity of all television channels established during the independence period.

In 1991 on the initiative of the leadership of Azerbaijan Television, the first private studio titled 215KL began to operate in the country. This studio was created as part of Azerbaijan Television at the expense of internal resources.

Then, this group began functioning as an independent studio under the name ANS in the building of Azerbaijan Television. In March 1992 within the framework of the programmes of Azerbaijan Television, the first programme of this studio Sneak was aired. In May 1994 ANS became an independent channel.

In subsequent years, professional television people who grew up on Azerbaijan Television took an active part in organizing such channels as Space, Lider, ITV. Azerbaijan Television is a school, whose even retired employees are invited to work on other independent television channels of the country.

The activity of Azerbaijan Radio can be divided into two stages: pre-independence and subsequent periods.

The beginning

Azerbaijan Radio was launched on November 6, 1926. That day, for the first time, “Baku Speaks!” was broadcasted through loudspeakers installed on the streets and squares of the capital. It was possible to listen to the radio without barriers not only in Baku, but also in the suburbs. This event was a great innovation in the political and cultural life of Azerbaijan at that time.

At first, Baku studio operated in three rooms on the third floor of the main building of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (formerly Ismailia building), located at 10 Istiglaliyyat Street.

The first room, in which along the whole length of the wall there were apparatuses equipped with large lamps, was the central point of the city broadcasting network.

The second room served as the entrance to the studio. Here, guests invited on the air were waiting for their turn. To the left of the room there was a small cabin, in which a small window was opened for viewing and managing the studio. Inside the usual suitcase located in front of the window was an apparatus connecting a studio microphone on the one hand and a transmission line on the other.

In the third room there was the studio with the floor covered with Turkmen carpets and the walls covered with dark velvet. In the upper part of the room, there was a cube-shaped microphone on the table. In the middle of the studio there was the “Steinway” grand piano and chairs all along the wall.

On the left side of the studio entrance there was a small room where a director, an accountant, and a typewriter were sitting. The director, with the help of the B-4 type radio receiver, was checking the technical quality of the radio programmes.

Radio status

On April 22, 1925, the Council of People's Commissars of Azerbaijan made a decision to build a 600-meter wide-range broadcasting radio station in Baku.

On May 13, 1928, the Council of People's Commissars of Azerbaijan approved the Radio Regulations.

In April 1932 the Broadcasting Authority was released from the subordination to the Central Executive Committee and transferred to the Council of People's Commissars of Azerbaijan.

On July 5, 1932, the Central Executive Committee adopted a decree to establish the Central Broadcasting Committee.

On May 5, 1933, the Committee on Radioification and Broadcasting was created under the Council of People's Commissars of Azerbaijan.

In August 1939 the Committee on Radioification and Broadcasting was transformed into the Radio Information Committee.

In 1953 the Radio Information Committee was subordinated to the Ministry of Culture and was renamed the Radio Information Office of the Ministry of Culture.

In 1957 the Radio Information Office and the Baku Television Studio were merged, and the Radio and Television Committee was created under the Council of Ministers of the Azerbaijan SSR.

In 1970 the State Radio and Television Committee was established.

In 1991 the State Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee became a company.

By President Ilham Aliyev's decree dated 2005 Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting Closed Joint-Stock Company was established on the basis of the State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company.

From RV-47 to international broadcasting

In the first period, the programmes were broadcasted via RV-47 stations that were considered weak. It used to take 3 days to prepare an hour programme outside the studio.

After the radio station moved to the building of the Main Baku Post and Telegraph Office in 1929, the working conditions of the radio staff improved, gramophone devices were used on the air, microphones and amplifiers were improved. By the end of the same year RV-8 station had been put into operation. After that, the form and content of broadcasts and programmes on the air began to change.

If in the 1920-25s only one station with a capacity of 10 kW worked in Baku, then one year after the launch of radio, already 110 stationary and 36 mobile radio stations operated in the republic. If in 1930 the country had only 269 radio stations, then by the end of 1932 their number had increased to 20,409. By that time, radio, which had already appeared in residents' apartments and job clubs, had played its irreplaceable role in the development of culture.

In 1933 the daily broadcasts time of the Azerbaijan Radio reached 8.5 hours. Improvement of technical equipment of that period enabled residents of remote villages and regions of Azerbaijan to listen to the radio.

With the launch of a 35-kW new radio station in Baku in 1936 broadcasts of Azerbaijan Radio were heard in the Caucasus, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and even on the eastern shores of the Black Sea.

By the end of 1940 the number of radio stations in the country had reached 51,000. Local editorial offices of radio broadcasts started operating in 32 regions.

In November 1960 the Baku-Agstafa radiorelearing line was launched.

In 1961 transmitting stations were launched in Ganja, Goychay and Shusha.


Initially, the Baku studio was broadcasting its programmes for an hour. A month later, the volume of these programmes reached 3 hours.

Programmes and concerts were broadcasted in the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian languages. The daily programme was organized by Verle, the first director of radio.

In the studios, mostly the main articles of party newspapers, conferences, congresses were read, concert programmes, performances of singers, announcements were broadcasted, and important events in the art and literature of our country were highlighted in programmes.

Publicistic and literary and dramatic programmes of radio has played a major role in the protection and development of the Azerbaijani language. Once a week, at 9 pm, well-known poets spoke in front of the microphone. Such programmes as Fire of Satire, Responsibilities of Literature, For a New Life and Radio Hour sounded on the air.

With the help of a large loudspeaker installed on the second floor of the building, whose windows looked out onto the kindergarten named after M.A. Sabir, the sound of radio was spreading over the surrounding streets. A lot of people had always gathered in the kindergarten named after M.A. Sabir, and those who could not find a free bench listened to the concerts standing.

The meeting with Maksim Gorky, who visited Baku in 1928, was broadcasted on the radio from the big hall of the Academy of Sciences, and country’s residents were able to listen to the presentation of writer.

Culture and arts workers of Azerbaijan actively participated in the preparation of the first programmes. The authors of feature and musical programmes were Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Muslim Magomayev, Mammad Said Ordubadi, Jafar Jabbarly, Samad Vurgun, Huseyngulu Sarabskiy, Bulbul, Mustafa Mardanov and others.

In 1927 the process of recruiting new personnel began on the radio. In the middle of the same year, Zulfugar Hajibeyli was appointed Director of Radio for Eastern music, and Presman – Director of Radio for Western music. Groups of actors and broadcasters were formed.

The first announcers of Azerbaijan

The first radio announcer was Ismail Alibekov, a student of Azerbaijan State Polytechnic Institute, and the first Azerbaijani woman announcer was Raya Imanzadeh, a student of the Law and Economics Faculty of Azerbaijan State University.

In September 1927 Ismail Alibekov was appointed the chief director. In 1928 Raya Imanzadeh and Enver Hasanov, a member of Azerbaijan State Youth Theatre, began to work as radio announcers.

At the next stage of Azerbaijan Radio development, a new generation of professional announcers has grown, such as Fatma Jabbarova, Zuleikha Hajiyeva, Gultakin Jabbarly, Aidyn Garadaghly, Sabutay Kuliyev, Ramiz Mustafayev.

The leadership of Muslim Magomayev

In October 1929 the famous composer Muslim Magomayev was appointed musical director of Baku Radio. In those days, Azerbaijan Radio broadcasts began with the radio march RV-8 by Muslim Magomayev. This famous work was dedicated to radio station RV, launched in 1929. The march was first played in this studio.

In 1932 in Radio Committee Muslim Magomayev together with Uzeir Hajibeyli were able to create the First Musical Orchestra of Oriental Instruments. The creation of this orchestra made a profound impact on the development of musical radio programmes. Several years later, it was this orchestra due to which the majority of composers and musicians, such as Niyazi, Fikret Amirov, Said Rustamov, Ashraf Abbasov, Agabaji Rzayeva, Jahangir Jahangirov, Suleyman Aleskerov, Nariman Azimov started their creative career in radio.

Such well-known arts workers of that time as Jabbar Garyagdyoglu, Alesker Abdullayev, Magomed Kechechi ogly, Said Shushynski, Guseynaga Gajybababekov, Guseyngulu Sarabski, Bulbul, Gurban Pirimov, Niyazi, Saltanat Gajar, Zulfu Adygozalov, Zulfugar Sariyev, Alovset Sadygov, Yaver Kalenterli, Jahan Talyshynskaya, Javahir Firudinbeyli, Akhmed Bakihanov, Bahram Mansurov, Teyub Damirov, Akhad Aliyev and Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theatre orchestra.

On the initiative of Muslim Magomayev on March 4, 1993, at 8 pm, mugham concert was organized under the title Chahargaha Evening on the radio. On the concert the following performers took place: singers Jabbar Garyagdyoglu, Meshedi Bilal, artists Huseyngulu Sarabski, Zulfi Adygozalov, Yaver Kelenterli, Zulfugar Sariyev, tari players Gurban Pirimov, Akhmed Bakykhanov, Bahram Mansurov, Khosrov Melikov, kamancha players Gylman Salakhov, Hafiz Mirzaliev, and others.

It is Muslim Magomayev who hired Huseyngulu Sarabski, Huseynaga Hadjibababekov, Yaver and Munevver Kelenterli, Zulfugar Saryev, Alovsat Sadygov, Bike Samedzadeh on radio. He tried to improve radio by its broadcasting better music works. After studying 400 pieces of music, received on the radio, only 100 remained. Magomayev did not forget to order composers new songs and works.

Radio and Mammad Said Ordubadi

Mammad Said Ordubadi, who was the head of editorial staff of Literature Programmes, along with poems, stories, satirical articles, wrote spectacles for radio. The writer, whom everybody called “Mirze” with great love, distributed roles for actors and broadcasters in advance. In June 1931 on the initiative of Ordubadi, drama group of announcers was organized, whose activists became Soltan Najafov, Leyla Teregulova, Maryam Khudaverdiyeva, Hayat Musayeva, Elena Orbeliani and Nina Petrova.

Muslum Magomayev composed music for the scenes. Mammad Said Ordubadi's April Bride, Banknote, Shepherds, Room 6, Soltan Najafov's Parasites-suppliers, Rot Front, Fast – Will Be Accepted! and Religion Traders were broadcasted.

M.S. Ordubadi having attracted to radio such poets and prose writers as Jafar Jabbaly, Huseyn Javid, Jalil Mammadguluzadeh, Mikhail Mushvig, Said Huseyn, Samad Vurgun, Suleyman Vurgun, Mammad Rahim, Mekhdi Huseyn, Sabit Rakhman, Mir Jalal Pashayev, achieved frequent replenishment of the air with new works. In the late 20s one third of all radio programmes were feature programmes.

During the period of the radio activity, playing on air of the works of prominent poets and writers, such as M.A. Sabir, N. Hadjibeyli, J. Mammadguluzadeh, Y.V. Chamanzaminli, M.Mushfig, H. Javid, S. Huseyn, A. Javad, M.C. Pashayev, S. Vurgun, M. Huseyn, R. Rza, The art of S. Rahman, I. Efendiyev, B.Vahabzadeh, I.Shykhly, S.Dagly, S.Gadirzadeh, I.Huseynov, Anar, Elchin, H. Seyidbeyli, I. Gasymov, I. Melikzadeh and others, has had a significant influence on the development of literary language and protection against foreign influence.


In 1931 a Radio Theater was created on Azerbaijan Radio under the guidance of director Mustafa Mardanov. The process of adaptation of the Azerbaijan Theater to the radio contributed to the expansion of the creative capabilities of the actors. Talented stage masters Abbas Mirza Sharifzadeh, Mirazaga Aliyev, Kazym Ziya, Ulvi Rajab, Marziya Davudova, Fatma Gadri, Sidgi Ruhulla, Mustafa Mardanov charmed radio listeners with their performances.

In December 1931 H. Javidin's Sheikh Sanan play was broadcasted on the radio for the first time. After a while the plays Boris Godunov by A.S. Pushkin, The Dead by Jalil Mammadguluzadeh, Aidyn, In 1905, Yashar, Sevil by D. Jabbarly, Hamlet by W. Shakespeare, Haji Hara by M.F. Akhundov, The Ruined Nest by A. Khagverdiev were presented to the audience. These were the first radio plays on the air.

The application of the magnetic tape technology in 1953 opened a new stage in the development of production process of Radiotheater. During this period, the edited plays Khanlar by Samad Vurgun, Spring Waters by I. Efendiyev, Morning of the East by A. Mammadkhanly, Dawn Over the Caspian Sea by I. Gasymov were broadcasted on air. After a while, the repertoire of Azerbaijan Radio was replenished with such works as Diamond and In 1905 by D. Jabbarly, Bahadur and Sona by N. Narimanov, Mehman by S. Rahimov, Sword and Feather by M.S. Ordubadi, Inspector by N. Gogol, Woe from Wit by A. Griboedov, Eugene Onegin A.S. Pushkin, William Tell by I. Schiller, The Bride of Abydos by D. Byron. Productions of musical comedies Arshyn Mal Alan, 'Not That, Then This' by Uzeyir Hajibeyli and the work Skull by N. Hikmet aroused emotional outburst. And in 1958 Mehdi Mammadov improved the spectacle in accordance with the radio requirements. A galaxy of directors has grown who staged radio plays – Aligeydar Alekperov, Tofig Kazymov, Tofig Ismailov, Hasan Abluch, Azerpasha Nematov, Rovshan Abdullayev, Nazim Yuzbashov, and others.

The 30s

In 1932 reading of newspaper articles on the radio was canceled and The Latest News programme began to air. In October of the same year Information editorial staff was created.

After structural changes in 1935, the editorial staff of Literary and Dramatic Programmes, Radio of the Collective Farmer, The Soldier of the Red Army, and The Youth began to function on the radio.

From March 23 to April 6, 1936, in the Soviet Union International Radio festival was held for the first time. It was the largest Radio festival in the USSR, in which musical programmes were played in 28 languages. Baku Radio contacting with Moscow was broadcasting this cultural event during 3 hours. Azerbaijan Radio programme, prepared for the festival, mainly consisted of the works of Uzeir Hajibeyli and Muslim Magomayev. The performances of women oriental instrumental orchestra Palace of Free Turkic Women and mugham Shahnaz, sung by Huseynaga Hajibababekov and accompanied by tari player Gurban Pirimov, were also included in the programme.

In 1937 the festivals of national creativity were held in 12 regions of our Republic. The final concerts of the Radio Festival were broadcasted live from 5 regions.

The opening of the first session of the Supreme Council of the Azerbaijan SSR on July 18, 1938, was also broadcasted live.

The public-political processes in the mid-30s, also had influenced on radio. The Soviet regime used radio as “speaking voice” as a mean of propaganda either against “class enemies” or “people’s enemies”. The fear was both in society and in radio. The works of poets and writers, such as G. Javid, M. Mushfig, S. Huseyn, A. Javad, A.M. Sharifzadeh, U. Rajab did not exist in the radio. Journalists and radio workers tried to be cautious in their actions and conversations.

The Second World War period

In spite of the fact that Baku located far from a war zone, during the Second World War Azerbaijan Radio functioned in extremely tense conditions. On the night of June 22, 1941, the announcer Zakhra Salayeva informed the audience about the beginning of the war from a dark room in the basement.

Radio employees turned the microphone into a weapon against fascism: the radio releases were prepared in a very short time, broadcasts had been recorded and edited day and night without interruption. During this period, the number of newscasts increased, and the broadcasts volume of Azerbaijan Radio reached 5 hours. The main burden lay on the editorial board of The Latest News: essential information, government decrees were translated into the Azerbaijani language and transmitted to the listeners within 30 minutes. Favorite programme of the difficult war period was Azerbaijan for the Front. This broadcast had sounded on the air regularly until the day of victory. Among the broadcasts that radio journalists prepared for the listeners were not only news and dramatic programmes, but also broadcasts of a comforting nature and strengthening listeners morally. On air there patriotic plays and thematic recordings were broadcast for the listeners.

It is no coincidence that, taking into account a big role of radio in socio-political, cultural life and in the struggle against fascism, May 7 was declared Radio Day by the special decree of the leadership of the USSR. This holiday had been celebrated in Azerbaijan for many years. But the real holiday of Azerbaijan Radio has begun to be celebrated since 1992. After our country gained independence, November 6 was declared Professional Day of Azerbaijan Television and Radio workers.

Azerbaijan Radio employees, who had been working unselfishly in the 1941-1945s, could not even imagine that in 45 years they would face the real Patriotic war, and that they would daily broadcast messages of the Ministry of Defense from the Karabakh front, that they would have to transmit to their people the bitter news about the occupation of Khankendi, Shusha, Lachin, Kelbajar, Fizuli, Agdam, Gubadly, Jabrail and Zangilan, about the horrors of the Khojaly genocide. Exactly 45 years later, on January 20, 1990, the Soviet Army, which had been once praised and promoted by Azerbaijani journalists, went to the unarmed sons and daughters of the Azerbaijani people and poured their innocent blood over the streets of our capital Baku, which during the Second World War had supplied the whole USSR with oil.

International activities

In 1941 the USSR government considered radio broadcasting in Turkey and Iran appropriate. In July of the same year, Azerbaijan Radio created two editorial offices that were preparing programmes in the Turkish and Persian languages. Adil Efendiyev became the head of the Turkish editorial staff, and Gulam Mammadli was the head of the Persian editorial staff for a short period of time.

On July 20, 1941, test programmes including the expressions "Here is Baku" and "Voice of Baku" were first broadcasted on the radio.

Since August 18, 1941, these programmes under the slogan "Voice of Baku" had been regularly broadcasted around the world.

In that period, the contribution to the development of international radio broadcasting was made by the following writers, journalists and orientalists: Mammad Said Ordubadi, Mikhail Rafili, Jafar Khandan, Gulam Mammadli, Adil Efendiyev, Latif Kerimov, Mubariz Alizadeh, Alesker Mammadov, Abbas Gulmammadov, Jafar Hajiyev, Jabbar Majnunbeyov, Jabbar Jabbarov, Fazil Babayev, Mina Bayramova, Sharif Valiyev, and others. These radio programmes were broadcasting to the population in Iran and Turkey the news of the Soviet Information Bureau, and the speeches of the intelligentsia.

In 1950 on the basis of the Turkish and Iran editorial offices the main editorial staff of Foreign Broadcasting was created. Since 1951 the editorial staff, which every day was broadcasting programmes in the Azerbaijani language for an hour for our compatriots abroad, had joined Foreign Broadcasting editorial staff. In the 50s this chief editorial board had been led by Mukhtar Hajiyev.

In 1959 Azerbaijan Radio started broadcasting programmes in Arabic. The announcer of Bagdad Radio Sinan Said, Turkmen of Iraqi descent, was invited for the position of the announcer to this editorial office. In a short time, this editorial staff turned into a success in a number of Arab countries, and many letters of thanks began to arrive at this editorial office.

Since 1974 the head of radio and Foreign Broadcasting department became the famous writer and journalist Agshyn Babayev. Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Programmes was Kerim Akhundov, and the Programme Director – Eldar Aliyev.

Since January 1, 1976, the editorial boards' status had raised, and they all became independent.

Since March 1, 1980, the department, which prepared for Iran programmes in Azerbaijani, became chief independent editorial board.

In the 80s the daily broadcasting time of Azerbaijan programmes abroad was 2 hours 15 minutes in the Persian language, 2 hours – in Turkish, 1 hour – in Arabic, and also 1 hour in Azerbaijani for compatriots abroad.

In 1986 the volume of Persian programmes decreased to 1 hour, and the volume of Azerbaijan programmes increased to 2 hours 45 minutes.

Such programme as Mother tongue, Bridge, Mood, ‘Elin Sazı, Elin Sözü’ (Saz of nation, word of nation) were popular among our compatriots.

A half-hour programme Mother Tongue taught our compatriots in Iran the Azerbaijani language, its grammar, and oral speech. Bridge programme was prepared on the basis of letters, phone calls, and interviews with guests of the studio. This programme facilitated the reunion of many relatives after a long separation.

On November 26, 1992, International Azerbaijan Radio was established. International Radio prepared programmes in English, German, French, Russian, Armenian, Talysh, Kurdish, Lezgi and Georgian. For one period, International Radio was broadcasting worldwide on medium and short waves a ten-hour programme about our independent country in 8 languages every day.

In the 1992-1993s Vagif Bayatly had been Director of International Radio. Then, Cherkez Bagirov was appointed for this post. Since 1996 Jahangir Bagirov had become the head of International Radio.

In 2007 Western Programmes, which were broadcasted in German, French, and English were cancelled.

At present, International Radio daily broadcasts programmes on medium and short waves in Azerbaijani for 5 hours, in Russian, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Arabic for 1 hour, in Georgian for 20 minutes 3 times per week, in Talysh, Kurdish and Lezgi for 15 minutes 2 times a week.

Post-war period (1945-1970)

After the war certain changes were made in the form and content of radio broadcasts. Since 1949 the use of electromagnetic recording technique on the radio had helped to expand capabilities and improve the quality of the broadcasts.

In 1949 the basis of football reportages was laid on the radio. The first reportage was realized by sports observer Alexandr Gnezdov. It was only 7 years later, in 1956, when the football game from the Republican stadium was, for the first time, commented in the Azerbaijani language by Sabutay Guliyev.

The Second Programme, created in 1951, expanded the activities of the national radio.

In 1956 the 30th anniversary of Azerbaijan Radio was celebrated. By that time, 19 hours of broadcasts in Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian were broadcasted every day from Baku. Among radio broadcasts the preference was given to socio-political, literary, musical, industrial, agricultural, children and youth programmes. Every day 12-15 concert programmes sounded on the air.

With the beginning of the television activity since 1956, the radio has had to compete with it. Radio has enriched its fund with means of folk and songs of composers, as well as literary works. During this period, Said Rustamov was leading the folk instruments orchestra, such composers as Haji Khanmammadov, Gambar Huseynli, Nariman Azimov cooperated with this orchestra.

In the mid-60s the appearance of chamber and variety orchestra on the radio and television and “Gaya” vocal quartet expanded radio capabilities for folk, variety, and symphonic music distribution.

In the mid-70s the audience was especially fond of the following programmes: Good Morning, Evening Meetings, Stream, Natavan girls' club, From the Lyrical Notebook, Mugham Time, Desire Music Mail, The Writer and the Time, The Song Walks Around the City, and Theater in Front of the Microphone.

The Golden Fund

The Golden Fund of the radio stores mughams, songs of composers, rare pieces of various operas and spectacles performed by outstanding artists.

In 1968 in record library included about 24,000 records of musical works and of other types were stored on tapes, in 1980 their number reached more than 40,000.

Record library stores recordings of Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Muslim Magomayev (grandfather), Jafar Jabbarly, Samad Vurgun, Jabbar Garyagdyoglu, Said and Khan Shushynski, Niyazi, Alovsat Sadygov, Huseynaga Hajibababekov, Rashid Beybutov, Shovkat Alekperova, Sara Gadimova, Rubaba Muradova, Gulaga Mammadov, Tukazban Ismaylova, Zeynab Khanlarova, Hajibaba Huseynova, Alibaba Mammadov, Arif Babayev, Islam Rzayev, Nazaket Mammadova, Baba Mirzoyev, Muslim Magomayev (grandson), Polad Bulbul ogly, Mirza Babayev, Vagif Mustafazadeh, Rafig Babayev, Flora Kerimova, Akif Islamzadeh, and others.

The performances of prominent masters of the arts stored in the Golden Fund demonstrate the perfection of our literary language. Famous stage masters, such as Mirzaga Aliyev, Marziya Davudova, Alesker Alekperov, Hokuma Gurbanova, Fatma Gadri, Ismayil Hidayatzadeh, Rza Tahmasib, Mustafa Mardanov, Ajdar Sultanov, Agadadash Gurbanov, Mohsun Sanani, Hasanag Salayev, Mammadrza Sheykhzamanov, Ali Zeynalov, Suleyman Tagizadeh, Mehdi Mammadov, Leyla Badirbeyli, Barat Shekinskaya, Hasanaga Turabov, Samandar Rzayev, Mahluga Sadyhova, Hamlet Gurbanov, Shafiga Mammadova, Hamlet Khanyzadeh, Vafa Fatullayeva, Amaliya Panahova, Aliabbas Kadyrov, Mikhail Mirza, Amina Yusifkyzy, Hasan Abluch and others, not only pleased the audience with their performances, but also instilled in them the correct colloquial speech.

The recordings of Gorky's work Grandfather Arkhip and Lenka, Samad Vurgun’s Vagif performed by Alesker Alekperov, as well as Meshedi Ibad performed by Mirza Agha Aliyev, Gurbanali Bey works performed by Mustafa Mardanov are considered the main value of the Golden Fund. There is even a variant of the work Vagif by Samad Vurgun written in the Armenian language.

The appearance of Radio Araz

On October 15, 1964, for the first time, the news and music programme Araz of Azerbaijan Radio went on the air. An introductory music for Araz was written by Fikret Amirov. At first, Araz was broadcasting for 12 hours. After a while some broadcasts of the first radio programme were re-broadcasted by Araz.

The significant role in the creation and activity of Araz Radio was played by Teymur Aliyev, Anvar Alibeyli, Sabir Akhundov, Soltan Najafov, Kamil Mammadov, Haji Hajiyev, Aydyn Garadagly, Valid Sanani, Yalchin Alizadeh, Ilyas Adygozalov, Hidayat Safarli and others.

To ensure the flexibility of information programmes, the names and structure of news releases of the first programmes have changed. From July 13, 1966, Newscast began to air under the title Voice of the Day. Since 1968, the News editorial staff had daily transmitted 24 broadcasts to the first programme and the Araz programme.

During the years of independence, Azerbaijan Radio made a decision to turn Araz programme into an independent structure. In November 1993 two editorial offices were formed on its basis: Information and Socio-political Programmes and editorial staff of Folk Art. However, this structure was cancelled in December 1998.

The chaos that began in 1988

Since the beginning of the Karabakh conflict in 1988, radio, as well as television, has advocated for the interests of the people of Azerbaijan, which was manifested in January 1990.

The Soviet empire tried to suppress not only the people, but also Azerbaijan Radio. Along with the energy block of the television having unexpectedly blown up, employees of the Azerbaijan Radio were also removed from the air. There was a military censor on the radio. The country was in mourning, and information far from reality was broadcasted.

However, in those terrible days, editorial staff of Foreign Broadcasting of Azerbaijan Radio managed to broadcast to the world all the details of tragedy on January 20. On January 20 Elmira Gafarova, the chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Azerbaijan SSR, together with her assistant, having unexpectedly come on the radio, made statements on the air in the Azerbaijani and Russian languages. She declared that all the responsibility for the innocently shed blood, for the tragic death of sons and daughters of Azerbaijani people rests with the leadership and bodies of the USSR, the guilty would not be forgiven. Referring to this statement, a message was compiled, which was aired on January 21, and technicians managed to record it on tape and subsequently broadcast it several times. The editorial staff of Foreign Broadcasting, with the help of radio of Arab countries, Tabriz and Tehran radio of Iran, as well as radio of Ankara in Turkey, conveyed this statement to the whole world. The Editorial Office broadcasts this statement to all over the world through Arabian countries, Iran's Tehran, Tabriz and Ankara. Military commandant, "well settled" in Baku, forgot that the International radio could broadcast abroad.

The period of independence

Gaining independence in 1991 radically changed the tasks of radio. The air of democracy began to be felt in radio broadcasts, preference was given to programmes in which there was open and frequent contact with society.

The radio daily broadcast the reports from the Ministry of Defense about battles with Armenian occupiers for the liberation of Karabakh. In order to enhance the sense of patriotism in the audience, special broadcasts were prepared, such as Without Secrets, Khudaferin, By the Way, From the Angle of View, World, Stair, Environment, Radio Message, Molla Nasreddin, Way, Nest, Time, Dawn, and military marches were also broadcast.

The events taking place in Ganja in 1993, the invitation of the great leader Heydar Aliyev from Nakhchivan to Baku, live transmissions from National Assembly sessions, the signing of the Contract of the Century in September 1994 – all this information was directly broadcasted to the world by the radio.

The emergence of private radio channels during the period of independence, their activity on FM waves increased the competition for Azerbaijan Radio and contributed to the "fragmentation" of its listener, its role in contributing to the preservation and purity of our literary language cannot be denied. Despite private channels’ broadcasts being dynamical and diverse, Azerbaijan Radio at first glance seemed to follow conservative traditions. The development of information technologies in all spheres of life has made inevitable the process of transformation of innovations into the technology, production and creative activity of Azerbaijan Radio. Currently, Azerbaijan Radio has entered a new stage of its development. The new approach, dynamism and modernization in all airtime is clearly felt.

The main broadcasts of Azerbaijan Radio to date are:

Retro mania – (live) about popular retro songs, their appearance, the cover version, and the conversation with a guest of the programme about songs of past years and modernity.

Thought Form – about the youth’ way of thinking, their outlook and approach diversity.

From Word to Word - (live) about literature, talents for words.

Famous Jazzmen – about the creativity of world jazzmen.

Our Address Is Azerbaijan – highlights the lives of our compatriots abroad, their business and activity in the diaspora and lobby.

The First – about compatriots life and activity, who distinguished themselves in inventing and making discovery of something previously unknown.

That Village Is Our’s – about our historical lands on the territory of Armenia.

Thinking – memories about the past with studio guests.

Heart-to-Heart Talks – pleasant conversations with the famous figures of science and art.

Ask, We Answer – (live) the response to social questions regarding pensions and monetary compensation for the needy. The latest news in social sphere.

Behind the Scenes – (live) the discussion about interesting moments during films shootings that left behind the scenes.

Woman's Voice – (live) covers the activity of women who are successful in all spheres of life.

Come, My Morning - (live) about relevant questions, themes relating to the present day. Victories are organized.

Fountain – it combines the historical values ​​of the past and collects folklore, thanks to which had been popular with listeners for many years. A kind of scientific journalism, philosophy and a psychological approach to the topics covered creates the basis for the "Fountain" genre.

Homeland, Live – about love to homeland, the defense of fatherland.

From Military History – about the life of military commanders whose names are forever imprinted in the history of the country.

Soldier Of Azerbaijan – dedicated to military sons of our country.

Extra Time – (live)  the discussions with professionals about the most relevant sports themes.

Green Planet – covers current ecological issues. Encourages people to love and protect nature.

Sweet Dreams – bedtime fairy tale for children.

The World Today – the programme discusses socio-political events.


Rovshan Ragif ogly Mammadov



Rovshan Ragif ogly Mammadov was born on June 15, 1979, in Aghstafa region of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2000 he received bachelor's degree in Faculty of Journalism from Baku State University and in 2002 earned master’s degree in international journalism in Faculty of Journalism from BSU.

In 2006 R.R. Mammadov received PhD in philosophy at the Department of Theory and Practice of Journalism in the Faculty of Journalism from Baku State University.

In 2016 R.R. Mammadov received a doctorate degree in philological sciences, having defended his doctoral dissertation on the thesis Press of the Azerbaijani Diaspora in Europe During the Period of Independence and Issues of National Ideology (Germany, France, Turkey, England) at the Department of Philology and Journalism at Baku Slavic University. Being the author of 3 books, R.R. Mammadov has published more than 40 scientific articles both in Azerbaijani and in different languages abroad.

R.R. Mammadov at different times was engaged in pedagogical activities at Baku Slavic University, Baku Eurasian University, at Azerbaijan University, and at present – at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Continuing journalistic activities, Rovshan Mammadov had held various positions on Leader channel for a long time. In 2010 he was the head of the Sports department of this channel.

Since 2015 R.R. Mammadov had been the host of such programmes as Pulse of the Day, Main Task and Week on Azerbaijan Television (AzTV). Then he was appointed director of the Socio-Political Programmes and Foreign News studio of CJSC Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting. On January 15, 2019, he was appointed deputy chairman and served as chairman of Closed Joint-Stock Company Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting.

R.R. Mammadov for the development services in mass media in the Republic of Azerbaijan was awarded Progress Medal on July 20, 2019.

By decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated September 4, 2019, R.R. Mammadov was appointed chairman of CJSC Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting.

R.R. Mammadov speaks Russian and English.

He is married and has two children.


Rufat Zeynalabdin Hamzayev



Rufat Zeynalabdin Hamzayev was born in Baku city on September 15, 1986. He finished English-oriented school No 7.

In 2004-2008, he did a bachelor’s degree at Baku State University. After completing the military service, in 2009-2011, he did a master’s degree at this higher education institution. Since 2019, he has been continuing his education in the field of International Relations at the State Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Since 2009, he has worked in various media outlets. In 2010, he started working on AzTV after being selected through the contest. In 2012-2015, he worked as the editor-in-chief of AzTV’s Public-Political Programs Department. Since 2019, he has worked as the director of the "News" Information Programs Studio. During his activity in the media, he has been remembered by taking exclusive interviews from the world’s political and religious leaders, public figures (Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, OPEC Secretary General M. Barkindo, Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus Kirill and others), making reportages from the epicenter of events of public-political significance ("April victory", "Gunnut operation", IV Islamic Solidarity Games, Formula 1 and others). He is the author of "Human challenge" (2017), "Industry: historical customs in the new reality" (2014), "The people’s party. YAP" (2019), "Code name: NALYOTCHIK" (2020), "Page 145" (2020), The father's will" (2020), "Mehdi Huseyn street, 1" (2020) and other documentaries. He was the presenter of "The Pulse of the Day" analytical-information program.

In accordance with the order of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev dating February 24, 2020, he has been appointed the deputy chairman of "Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting" CJSC.

Currently, he is the presenter of the "Main topic" public-political talk show.

He speaks English, Russian and Arabic.

He is married and has one daughter.




Rafig Mahammad Hashimov



Rafig Mahammad Hashimov was born on August 11, 1966, in Ujar region’s Alikand village. In 1981, he finished the 8-year school in Absheron region’s Guzdak settlement.

In 1981-1985, he studied at Baku Communications Electro-Vocational Institution. After finishing the military service in the Soviet Army, in 1987, he started working as a technician in Azerbaijan State Teleradio Broadcasting Company. In 1990, he won the "Television anchor" contest and continued his activity as an anchor and a presenter. In 1997, he graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Baku State University. He was the presenter of the "News" information program, various state events, the "XX century", different programs and "The Morning" program.

He taught speech culture on "Space", "Lider", "Khazar" TV channels, at Khazar University and the Teleradio Academy.

"The third face of the gramophone record" (1996), "A grain of sand" (1997), "The diary of the traveler" (2007), "Magister dixit" (1999), "The sun and cloud" (2000), "The light of my eye" (2002), "The dreams of the reed city" (2006) films have been shot based on his scripts. He is the director and scriptwriter of "Heydar Aliyev. The phenomenon of two centuries" (2003), "I call stars by your name" (2004), "Anchor" (2006), "Unfinished diary" (2011), "Sattar’s Azerbaijan" (2013), "The water of the Land of Fire" (2015), "Surgeon" documentaries.

His novels and essays, as well as his translations into Azerbaijani of the classics of the world literature, including Nobel Prize nominees Herman Hesse, Czeslaw Milosz. Jorge Luis Borges, have been published in the country’s newspapers and journals. Since 2008, he has been a member of Azerbaijan Writers Union.

In accordance with national leader Heydar Aliyev’s decree dated November 4, 1998, he was awarded the title of honorable artist of Azerbaijan Republic.

In accordance with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s order dated February 24, 2020, he has been appointed the deputy chairman of "Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting" CJSC.

Currently, he is the author and presenter of "The XXI century" and "The Book Club" projects.

He is married and has two children.



On June 14, 2010, CJSC Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting held the opening ceremony of the Academy of Television and Radio. The purpose of the Academy on the basis of higher education is to educate professional personnel for television and radio, as well as TV and radio staff development.

jointly with local teaching personnel it is planned to attract foreign television and radio specialists from such countries as Turkey, Russia, and also from Europe and USA with the aim of passing in these countries a further exchange of experience of Academy graduates.

Physical infrastructure of the Academy, located in the building of Azerbaijan Radio, has been formed.



Emin Huseynov

Chief Program Director of the "Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting” CJSC

Emin Tofig Huseynov was born on July 10, 1972, in Baku city.

In 1996, he graduated from Azerbaijan Pedagogical Institute of Russian Language and Literature named after M.F. Akhundov in the field of philology.

He started his labor activity in 1991 as a correspondent in the "Azerbaijani Youth" newspaper ("Молодежь Азербайджана").

In 1994, he established the "Alfa Э" Advertising Agency under which the "Daily News" ("Ежедневные новости") newspaper was also published.

In 1999-2012, he worked at the "Lider Media Holding" where he held the position of the first Deputy Director General of the holding. He was the General Producer of the licensed projects "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" and “The Weak Point", and for the last 3 years, he was the General Producer of the Lider TV channel.

In 2013, he became the head of MTV AZERBAIJAN.

Afterwards, in different years, he headed various projects outside the country.

In 2017-2020, he was the head of Azerbaijan State Advertising Agency.

He is married and has 2 children.


Board of Directors guides television operations.

BoD includes the departments of Programming, Planning, Release and Coordination.

Board of Directors is engaged in designing a network of television programmes, releasing broadcasts and programmes according to the schedule, selecting foreign audiovisual programmes, and also regulating the activities of editorial offices and departments. When designing the network, the results of monitoring of television space are taken into consideration. Board of Directors along with the broadcasting video commercials on the air in accordance with the requirements of the Law on Television and Radio Broadcasting, also provides their production.

The responsibilities of BoD also include control over the timely announcement of programmes, broadcasts and films included in the network. Announcements produced by Azerbaijan Television currently have their own on style on modern television space. Board of Directors ensures archiving, sorting and storage all the audiovisual production produced so far on Azerbaijan Television.

The BoD video library contains over 40,000 hours of materials covering the country's public, political, cultural and social life.

Thanks to the work of specialists working in four shifts, the Board of Directors provides a 24-hour television broadcasting. There are more than 80 original programmes of various genres in the network of television programmes in Azerbaijan. This means about 50 hours of new programmes a week.

The programs director of Azerbaijan Television is Bakhtiyar Garaja.

The Program Director’s deputies are Jabir Samadov, Ilkin Babayev, Huseyn Salamov and Fatma Ozturk, the head of Coordination department is Eldar Bayramov, the head of Programming, Planning and Analysis department is Samir Nagiyev.

Mehriban Mammadova

Director General of Information Programs Main Studio


Tural Mammadov

Director of Information Programs Studio


Khalig Aliyev

International correspondent posts and foreign news Main Department


Elman Aliyev

Editor-in-chief of Regional news Main Department


Ilham Ahmadov

Editor-in-chief of English Programs Main Department


Jeyhun Guliyev

Editor-in-chief of Russian Programs Main Department


In 1960, the news releases of AzTV went on air under the title Daily News. News release currently named News has been broadcast over the years under different names, such as The Latest News, Voice of the Day and Screen of the Day.

Information programme News is aired daily 16 times – 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 16:30 (Culture news), 18:00 (in Russian), 19:00 (Regional news), 19:30 (News about the economy), 20:00, 00:00, 02:00 (in English).

The programme has correspondents in North America, North Africa and Arab countries, in Turkey (Ankara and Stambul), Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, China and East Asia, in the countries of Western Europe.

The Studio consists of two departments: International correspondent posts and foreign news and Regional news Main Department.

Tofig Abbasov

Director of Public-Political Programs Studio


Sahaddin Huseynov

The editor-in-chief of the Public-Political Programs Main Department


Aytan Abdulova

The editor-in-chief of the Social and Economic Programs Main Department


Mahir Garibov

Head of the History Department


The "Public-Political Programs" Studio of "Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting" CJSC presents during a week to viewers "Target", "Week", "Parliament time" information-analytical programs, "Main topic" public-political talk-show and "When saying Azerbaijan", "National production", "Consumers’ choice", "Multiculturalism" programs.

The editorial staff presents to the attention of the audience the most important political, public and social events in the country and in the world, trying to analyze honestly and impartially their essence from a political and scientific point of view.

The Studio consists of two departments: Public-Political Programs Main Department and Social and Economic Programs Main Department.

Telman Nazarli

Editor-in-Chief of chief editorial board of Military and Patriotic Programmes


The editorial office of Military and Patriotic Programmes was created in 2009.

The editorial staff broadcasts weekly a 40-minute programme Fighter and talk show I Serve my Fatherland, in which the themes about life in the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, the military history of the people, their commanders and heroes are raised.

Along with this, the editorial staff prepares programmes for Azerbaijan Radio, such as Soldier of Azerbaijan, ‘Homeland, Live’, At the Request of the Military, From Military History.

Ziya Agha

Editor-in-chief of Chief Editorial Department of Author Programs and Special Projects


Zaur Zeynalov

Chief stage director of Chief Editorial Department of Author Programs and Special Projects

The films and programs made by the "Author Programs and Special Projects" Chief Editorial Department are of special significance.

The protection of copyright is one of the main principles in all the projects of the Department. The films and programs prepared by the creative crew are made within these terms. Viewers enjoy various programs made by the Department for Azerbaijan Television and "Madaniyyat" TV channel.

"Talking letters", "1AzTV", "Techno news", "Our Motherland Azerbaijan", "Most correctly", "The day has started", "Youth station" programs are also favorite programs of viewers on Azerbaijan Television.

Tastes of viewers have also been taken into consideration on "Code 22", "Life stories", "Time", "The description of time", "The third call", "TV gallery" programs broadcast on "Madaniyyat" TV channel.

Turan Babayev

Editor-in-Chief of chief editorial Morning Musical Information Programs Main Department


The musical-information program prepared by the Department under various names since 1995 has been broadcast under the title of the “Telemorning” since 2019.

The program airs live every morning, except Sundays, from 07:00 till 10:00. On Saturdays, the Telemorning is presented by Ell & Nikki. Currently, the Telemorning program presents colorful editions, such as "Parallel news", "Necktie", "Side effect", "SMG" (Social media agenda), "Auto-info", "Telesporthall", "Vitamin", "Instruction", "Calendar", "Workaholic", "Education", "Extreme", "Garden", "Techno news".

Having laid the foundation for the appearance of other morning programmes on television, this programme was engaged in broadcasting newscasts, highlighting famous cultural and art workers, and also discussions were held and opinions on the most relevant topics were expressed in it. 

The programme provides weather information and training materials on traffic regulations.

The creative staff of Morning on TV takes into account the interests of all categories of viewers in its activities.


Flora Khalilova

Editor-in-chief of Literary-Drama and Folklore Programs Main Department


Chief editorial board of Literary and Dramatic Programmes serves to promote literature, art, and the literary heritage of the works of classics and modern writers.

The "Literary-Drama and Folklore Programs" Main Department serves the promotion of the literature, art, literary heritage of our classical and contemporary writers. The Department prepares "In the light of memories", "Morality bridge", "Azerbaijani language", "Heaven", "Lines", "Frameless" programs.

The Department has prepared documentaries, such as "Hamlet solitude", "The spring of the ancient land", "Eternal peak", "Baku is speaking and showing!", "On the roads of history", "Press self-sacrificer", "The miracle of the white light", "I have not got enough of this world", "The memory of a lifetime", as well as "From the chronicles of literature", "Heydar Aliyev and the Azerbaijani literature", "Heydar Aliyev and the Azerbaijani culture", "Heydar Aliyev and the national-mental values", "The caravans of the great thought" dedicated to M.J.Pashayev programs.

The releases of the television parable Literary Reflections and programmes dedicated to the outstanding personalities M. Kazymbey, S.A. Shirvani, S.I. Khatai, G.B. Zakir, M.Sh. Vazeh, H.B. Natavan, Heyran Khanum, N. Hikmet, A. Ildrym, A. Kerim, and others were also prepared.

Sevinj Mutallibova

Editor-in-chief of Children, youth and enlightenment Main Department


The Department started operating since April, 2007, under the title of “Enlightenment”. Since the end of 2019, it has been continuing its activity as the "Children, youth and enlightenment" Main Department.

The main purpose of the Department is to promote the state youth policy pursued in Azerbaijan, unleash the potential opportunities of the leading forces of the society, promote knowledge, education and culture in our society in a systematic way, form aesthetic, ethical, public and literary ideas in the new generation, deliver their accomplishments to viewers.

The Department prepares programs, such as "Education triangle", "Class hour".

Elnur Gadirov

Editor-in-chief of Musical and Entertainment Programs Main Department

Elnur Mammadov

Editor-in-Chief Cinema Programs and Dubbing Main Department


The editorial staff of Film Programmes and Dubbing has operated on television for many years.

The main task of the editorial staff is the familiarization of the audience with filmmakers, as well as the promotion of national and foreign films. In this context, such projects as My Homeland, Cinema Club, Film about the Film, Reflections on Art, World Film Stars, The Road to the Oscars, Retro and others are presented to the audience.

The editorial staff has also started the production of social clips and short films. A team of highly professional actors, directors and translators that works in the editorial staff of Film Programmes and Dubbing systematically present foreign films in their native language to the viewers.

Sharif Gurbanaliyev

The head of the Creative Studio Sabah, director


Sarvar Bayramov

Deputy head of the Creative Studio Sabah


Ramiz Hasanoghlu

Artistic director of the Creative Studio Sabah, People's Artist


The Creative Studio Sabah is one of the creative structures of CJSC Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting. It started its activity on February 15, 1993, as Experimental Creative Workshop. In a professionally art-oriented workshop television performances, films, feature films, concerts and show programmes were prepared. During the first 10 years of existence of Sabah workshop, 26 television plays were shot.

In total, during 26 years creative team of workshop shot about 40 television plays, films and serials. These are the fruits of the following people’s labour: directors, such as Ramiz Hasanogly, Sharif Gurbanaliyev, Rovshan Almuradly, Bahram Osmanov, Huseynaga Atakishiyev, Vugar Veliyev, Shakhmar Garibli, Mehriban Alekperzadeh, Vagif Asadov, Kamran Shakhmardan; screenwriters and authors, such as Anar, Vagif Samedogly, Afag Masud, Agshin Babayev, Ali Amirli, Movlud Suleymanov, Mejnun Vakhidov.

This entire period Experimental Creative Workshop Sabah had been led by director Ramiz Hasanogly.

Since April 1, 2019, Sharif Gurbanaliyev has headed the workshop.

Since July 1, 2019, the workshop has continued its activity under the name Creative Studio Sabah.

Elchin Guliyev

Director of Feature Films-Documentaries Studio, honorable art figure


One of the creative structures of the CJSC Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting is the Creative Association Azerbaijantelefilm that began its activity in 1959.

Until 2019, more than 1,500 hours of documentary films were produced here. The majority of these multi-genre films were shot on film tape, and the rest – on video tape.

On December 22, 1959, by the decision of the Collegium of Azerbaijan State Television, an order was signed to shoot the first feature film.

Based on this order, Kamil Rustambekov in 1960 began shooting the film Aygun based on the eponymous poem by Samad Vurgun. The cameraman of the film was Aliguseyn Huseynov, artist Fikret Akhmedov, composer Zakir Bagirov, sound engineer Agaguseyn Kerimov. The film was first shown in 1961 on Baku television. In 1965, the director Rasim Ismayilov made the first animated film Speaking Lights. The cameraman of the animated film Vagif Behbudov, artist Rafis Ismayilov, composer Ruhangiz Kasumova. Later, cameraman-director Vagif Behbudov seriously took up the creation of cartoons. In 1968, the Screen Creative Association was established in the Baku Television Studio. In 1973, the Creative Association Screen was renamed Azerbaijantelefilm. In spite of the change in the title, the association continued its work in the same direction.

After some time, the name Azerbaijantelefilm was canceled, and the association was renamed the Editorial Staff Preparing Programmes on Tape. But in a short time, Azerbaijantelefilm again restored its name.

Since November, 2019, the "Azerbaijantelefilm" Creative Union has been continuing its activity under the title of the "Feature films-documentaries" Studio.


TV feature films and documentaries produced in the Feature Films and Documentaries Studio in 2020


1. “The eternal flight of the old eagle”

Duration: 41"56""

(The film is dedicated to ashug, honorable cultural figure Mikayil Azafli)

Scriptwriter – Mati Osmanoghlu

Director – Elnura Kazimova

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


2. “A sea of courage”

Duration: 38"10""

(The film is dedicated to the shutting down of Baku Bay by the Caspian Sea Oil Fleet as a response to the military aggression of the military-political leadership of the Soviet Union against the Azerbaijani people)

Scriptwriter – Seymur Shahbazov

Director – Anakhanim Abdullayeva

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


3. “Karabakhlar”

Duration: 31"17""

(The film is dedicated to ancient Karabakhlar village of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic)

Scriptwriter – Zarnishan Ingilabgizi

Director – Nazim Mammadov

Cameraman – Ilgar Mammadov 


4. “My living world”

Duration: 39"00""

(The film is dedicated to People’s Writer Ismayil Shikhli)

Scriptwriter – Elchin Shikhli

Director – Miri Rzayev

Cameraman – Matlab Yagubov


5. “The last business trip”

Duration: 33"22""

(The film is dedicated to Azerbaijan’s National Hero Ali Mustafayev)

Scriptwriter – Sevinj Ismayilzade

Director – Elnura Kazimova

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


6. “To my dear Ordubad…”

Duration: 26"55""

(The film is dedicated to the historical sites, traditions and customs of ancient Ordubad which is considered one of the first human settlements)

Scriptwriter – Zarnishan Ingilabgizi

Director – Nazim Mammadov

Cameraman – Ilgar Mammadov


7. “The time of dolls”

Duration: 29"05""

(The film is dedicated to the creative activity of painters Parviz Huseynov and Irina Gundorina)

Scriptwriter – Afag Vasifgizi

Director – Adil Azay

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


8. “Fazil Salayev. Unfinished song”

Duration: 26"47""

(The film is dedicated to performer of unforgettable small roles Fazil Salayev)

Scriptwriter – Yusif Sheykhov

Director – Elvin Valimatov

Cameraman – Elshan Badalov


9. “The wish of my life. Siyavush Karimi”

Duration: 29"48""

(The film is dedicated to rector of Azerbaijan National Conservatoire, People’s Artist, professor, composer Siyavush Karimi)

Scriptwriter – Jala Huseynova

Director – Tahira Huseynova

Cameraman – Elshan Rafioghlu


10. “17 moments of the victory”

Duration: 54"48""

(The film is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the triumph in World War II)

Scriptwriters – Nadezhda Ismayilova

                      Afag Vasifgizi

                      Mehriban Asgarova

Director – Nazim Mammadov

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


11. “The steel highway”

Duration: 24"27""

(The film is dedicated to the 140th anniversary of “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC)

Scriptwriter – Yagub Alioghlu

Director – Murad Guliyev

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


12. “The repression dungeon”

Duration: 24"01""

(The film is dedicated to the “Victims of Political Repressions” Museum established by the State Border Service of Azerbaijan Republic and which has been open to visitors since 2019)

Scriptwriter – Sakhavat Sahil

Director – Miri Rzayev

Cameraman – Eldar Mammadov


13. “The temple of the word. Nizami’s hello” The first part

Duration: 59"54""

(The film is dedicated to Azerbaijan National Literature Museum named after Nizami Ganjavi)

Scriptwriter – Rafael Huseynov

Director – Murad Guliyev

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


14. “The temple of the word. The memory bridge” The second part

Duration: 54"12""

(The film is dedicated to Azerbaijan National Literature Museum named after Nizami Ganjavi)

Scriptwriter – Rafael Huseynov

Director – Murad Guliyev

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


15. “The Bakikhanovs”

Duration: 59"15""

(The film is dedicated to great representatives of the Bakikhanovs generation that has made a great contribution to Azerbaijan’s public-political, cultural and scientific life throughout more than 3 centuries)

Scriptwriter – Rafael Huseynov

Director – Murad Guliyev

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


16. “The life inside the stone. Natig Aliyev”

Duration: 31"52""

(The film is dedicated to People’s Artist, sculptor Natig Aliyev)

Scriptwriter – Javi Dan

Director – Elnura Kazimova

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


17. “The calls of the darkness”

Duration: 41"33""

(The film is dedicated to world and European champion, honorable athlete Ilham Zakiyev)

Scriptwriter – Fikrat Adigozalov

Director – Rovshan Nijat

Cameraman – Elshan Badalov


18. “Baku monuments”

Duration: 24"19"

(The film is dedicated to Baku monuments”)

Scriptwriter – Sadig Eljanli

Director – Nazim Mammadov

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


19. “At the defense of the Motherland”

Duration: 28"39""

(The film is about the battles which took place as a result of the provocation committed by the Armenians from July 12 to 16, 2020, in the border area of Tovuz region, bravery of our soldiers and officers in those battles and unity of the people and the state)

Scriptwriter – Sadig Eljanli

Director – Elnura Kazimova

Cameraman – Matlab Yagubov


20. “The history written by light”

Duration: 60"00""

(The film is dedicated to the creation of photo art in Azerbaijan, its 150-year development road, history of great photographers and photos)

Scriptwriter – Rafael Huseynov

Director – Murad Guliyev

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov 


21. “One day”

Duration: 19"36"

(The film is dedicated to Azerbaijan’s first machine operator, cotton grower Gulsura Ibadova)

Scriptwriter – Afag Ahmadov

Director – Elchin Musaoghlu

Cameraman – Daniel Guliyev


TV feature films and documentaries produced in the Feature Films and Documentaries Studio in 2019


1. “Sculptor. Sharif Sharifov”

Duration: 38"13""

(The film is dedicated to the life and creative activity of honorable artist, sculptor Sharif Sharifov)

Scriptwriter – Elnura Huseynova

Director – Elnura Kazimova

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


2. “Gulkhar peak of art”

Duration: 32"48""

(The film is dedicated to the life and creative activity of People’s Artist Gulkhar Hasanova)

Scriptwriter – Saadat Tahmirazgizi

Director – Miri Rzayev

Cameraman – Matlab Yagubov


3. “My life story. Zaur Rzayev”

Duration: 41"53""

(The film is dedicated to the life and creative activity of People’s Artist Zaur Rzayev)

Scriptwriter – Ilham Rahimli

Director – Tahira Huseynova

Cameraman – Elshan Badalov


4. “Sky falcons”

Duration: 24"33""

(The film is dedicated to the glorious historical road Azerbaijani military pilots have gone through)

Scriptwriter - Telman Nazarli

Director - Alimursal Hajizade

Cameraman - Adil Abbasov


5. “At the defense of the state independence”

Duration: 33"00""

(The film is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the creation of Azerbaijan’s security bodies)

Scriptwriter - Yagub Alioghlu

Director - Miri Rzayev

Cameraman - Elshan Badalov


6. “The poet of the soul”

Duration: 40"21""

(The film is dedicated to the life and creative activity of renowned Azerbaijani poet Zeynal Jabbarzade)

Scriptwriter - Yagub Alioghlu

Director – Nazim Mammadov

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


7. “Chemist. Murtuza Naghiyev as he is…”

Duration: 27"00""

(The film is dedicated to the life and creative activity of chemist-scientist, academician Murtuza Naghiyev)

Scriptwriter – Afag Vasifgizi

Director – Jamil Farajov

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


8. “The monologue of one painter”

Duration: 35"00""

(The film is dedicated to the life and creative activity of famous painter Rafael Asadov)

Scriptwriter and director – Sharif Gurbanaliyev

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


9. “The inner voice of the city”

Duration: 20"19""

(All the characteristics of the Icherisheher – Baku’s historical site are presented through a photo in the film)

Scriptwriters – Adil Azay, Afag Vasifgizi

Director – Adil Azay

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


10. “Like a dream. Hasan Abluj”

Duration: 31"27""

(The film is dedicated to the memory of famous actor, director, honorable artist Hasan Abluj)

Scriptwriter – Shafag Alikhanli

Director – Tahira Huseynova

Cameraman – Elshan Badalov


11. “Despite living half life… Jafar Khandan!”

Duration: 32"30""

(The film is dedicated to the life and creative activity of renowned scientist, pedagogue Jafar Khandan)

Scriptwriter – Sevinj Ismayilzade

Director – Elnura Kazimova

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


12. “Chiraggala”

Duration: 26"14""

(The film is dedicated to the masterpiece of the Azerbaijani military architecture, the 1, 600-year-old Chiraggala)

Scriptwriter – Sadig Eljanli

Director – Nazim Mammadov

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


13. “Improvisation on the topic of jazz”

Duration: 38"20""

(The film envisages the history of the jazz art in Azerbaijan)

Scriptwriters – Miri Rzayev, Guldasta Nasib

Director – Miri Rzayev

Cameramen – Matlab Yagubov, Elshan Badalov


14. «Land»

Duration: 18"08""

(The film is dedicated to the life story of Ogtay Haziyev, who was born and raised in Jabrayil region’s Jojug Marjanli village, and his family)

Scriptwriter – Sadig Eljanli

Director – Anakhanim Abdullayeva

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


15. “The one who has left traces in art. Aliabbas Gadirov”

Duration: 34"53""

(The film is dedicated to the life and creative activity of People’s Artist Aliabbas Gadirov)

Scriptwriter – Asad Mammadov

Director – Anvar Abluj

Cameraman – Elshan Badalov


16. “Silence”

Duration: 13"00""

(The film is dedicated to a painter’s one day.)

Scriptwriter – Rabiyya Sayyadi

Director – Vali Sayyadi

Cameraman – Matlab Yagubov


17. “The Caucasian Neolith”

Duration: 36"35""

(The film is dedicated to the historical realities of the 8, 000-year-old great civilization situated between the Caspian and Black Seas – Azerbaijani territory, in Tovuz region)

Scriptwriter – Sadig Eljanli

Director – Elnura Kazimova

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


18. The last night”

Duration: 32"39""

(The film is about the day before the execution of poet Imadaddin Nasimi. It is based on the self-titled poem of Rasul Rza.

Scriptwriters - Afag Vasifgizi


                     Ramiz Hasanoghlu

                     Nazim Mammadov

Stage directors - Ramiz Hasanoghlu

                         Ramiz Mammadov

Director of photography - Eldar Mammadov

Director - Mikayıl Azhdaroghlu

Cameraman - Elshan Badalov


19. “Oghuz land”

Duration: 28"24""

(The film is dedicated to the ancient monuments of Tovuz region)

Scriptwriter – Sadig Eljanli

Director – Elnura Kazimova

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


20. “I do not say goodbye, we will meet… Nusrat Kasamanli”

Duration: 30"08""

(The film is dedicated to the life and creative activity of unforgettable poet Nusrat Kasamanli)

Scriptwriter – Mati Osmanoghlu

Director – Murad Guliyev

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov   


21. “Bay”

Duration: 18"50""

(The film is dedicated to Baku Bay)

Scriptwriter – Nadir Badalov

Director – Namig Gurbanov

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


22. “Our university”

Duration: 39"17""

(The film is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Baku State University)

Scriptwriter – Yagub Alioghlu

Director – Murad Guliyev

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


23. “The theatre of 100 years”

Duration: 53"07""

(The film is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the State Academic National Drama Theatre)

Scriptwriter – Aydin Talibzade

Stage directors – Miri Rzayev

                          Anakhanim Abdullayeva

Director of photography – Matlab Yagubov

Director – Mikayil Azhdaroghlu

Cameraman – Gafur Sadiyev


24. “While remembering you… The variation to ghazels of Seyid Azim Shirvani”

Duration: 16"37""

(The film is dedicated to the screen version of “Dashti tasnifi”)

Scriptwriter – Siraj Mustafayev

Director – Siraj Mustafayev

Cameraman – Tahir Samadov

Producer – Ramiz Hasanoghlu


25. “The mysterious tower”

Duration: 24"30""

(The film is dedicated to one of the ancient monuments of Azerbaijan – “Maiden Tower” in Icherisheher)

Scriptwriter – Arzu Gaziyeva

Director – Nazim Mammadov

Cameraman – Elshan Badalov


26. “The fairytale of the flying carpet”

Duration: 22"46""

(The film is dedicated to the carpet that was taken hostage in Karabakh, put on auction in Los Angeles and brought back to Azerbaijan)

Scriptwriter – Shafag Alikhanli

Director – Nurlana Burhanzade

Cameraman – Elkhan Rustamov


27. “Kelaghayi”

Duration: 15"35""

(The film is dedicated to the history of kelaghayi which is the national headgear of Azerbaijani women)

Scriptwriter – Lala Aliyeva

Director – Adil Azay

Cameraman – Adil Abbasov


28. “The last one”

Duration: 64"45""

(The film is based on A.P.Chekhov’s “The song of the swan”. The film is about the tragedy of a theatre actor)

Scriptwriter – Parvin

Stage director – Ramiz Hasanoghlu

Director of photography – Adil Abbasov


29. “The portrait of the period. People and films”

Duration: 47"12""

(The film is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the “Azerbaijantelefilm” Creative Union)

Scriptwriter – Nadezhda Ismayilova

Director – Elvin Valimatov

Cameraman – Elshan Badalov

Ranar Musayev

Artistic Director


Artistic Director Ranar Rafael Musayev was born in Baku city in 1981.

He received secondary school education in Baku and Moscow cities. He entered the Faculty of Economics and Law of the National Aviation Academy and specialized in international economic relations.

Since 2001, he has worked as a presenter, director, artistic director, chief on various TV channels.

He has been the presenter and director of different state events.

Since 2019, he has been working as the Artistic Director of “Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting” CJSC.

Nazila Babayeva

Chief Producer


Nazila Kheybar Babayeva was born in Baku on April 10, 1969.

In 1985, she finished the Art Gymnasium and in 1990, she graduated from the Philology Faculty of Baku State University. In 1990-1994, she worked as a correspondent in "Молодежь Азербайджана" (the Youth of Azerbaijan), "Вышка" (Tower), "Yurddaş" (Compatriot) newspapers. In 1994-1997, she worked as a correspondent and assistant director and later, as a presenter and editor on AzTV’s "Телефакс" (Telefax), "Трамвай Фантазия" (Tram Fantasy), "Kişi söhbəti" (Man talk) programs. In 1998-2000, she worked as the editor-in-chief of the "Mir" Interstate Teleradio Company. The video materials prepared by her have been broadcast on ОРТ, РОССИЯ, НТВ, CNN TV channels. Her television films have received awards of several Eurasian Teleforums.

She has worked as a director and head producer on various TV channels of the country.

In 2007-2009, she worked as the head of special projects at the Author Programs Department of AzTV. She was the author and director of projects and numerous television films, such as "Personally you", "Chance-taxi", "There is news", "Hit-news" and so on.

In 2009-2015, she worked as an independent director.

She has prepared projects for several Turkish TV channels (TRT, TRT Avaz, Beyaz TV). In 2015, she received a job offer from AzTV and worked as the author and director of a number of new projects and as the Deputy Director of the Main Programs. She is the author and director of "Completely different", "Happiness", "Personally you", "The day has started", "The Youth Station", "The Mothers’ Academy", "White&Black", "Be healthy", "Frost", "Stay at home", "Agenda" and other projects.

Since October 8, 2019, she has been the main producer of "Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting" CJSC.

Ulviyya Karimova

Main director, honorable artist


Ulviyya Ogtay Karimova was born in 1972.

In 1989, she finished Railway secondary school No 1. In 1991-1995, she studied in the Psychology Faculty of Baku State University.

In 1992-1996, she worked as an assistant director at the "Azerbaijanfilm" cinema studio named after Jafar Jabbarli, later, as a director. She has directed musical clips, social and other advertisements; in 1996, she directed the television film based on writer Anar’s "The sixth floor of the five-storey house".

In 2000, she received the "Humay" award for her "Dashti" clip.

In 2004, she prepared a promotion video for Azerbaijan within the framework of "Azerbaijan days" held during the Athens Olympic Games. In 2004-2005, she was the director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cups, in 2005, the director of the concert dedicated to the 100th jubilee of renowned academician, scientist Yusif Mammadaliyev and organized at the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

In 2011, she directed "Where is the lawyer?" feature film. In 2016, she was the director of "Too many coincidences" film shot at the "Azerbaijanfilm" studio. She worked as a director of a number of cultural events, commercials, concerts and show programs.

Since October, 2019, she has been working as the main director of "Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting" CJSC.

Fazil Hadiyev

Group Head


Head of the Group Fazil Rauf Hadiyev was born in Baku city in 1948.

In 1968-1973, he studied at Azerbaijan National Agriculture Institute. Afterwards, he finished the two-year Arabic language courses.

In 1966, he started working as an assistant cameraman, later as a cameraman in the Azerbaijani State Teleradio Broadcasting Company. In 1979-1983, he worked as an Arabic language translator in Syria.

Since 1990, he has been working as the head of the Group of Cameramen in “Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting” CJSC. Currently, he works as the director of the Video Shootings and Cameramen Department, chief cameraman.

In 1999, he was awarded the title of the “Honorable art employee”.

The Radio Committee began its activity in 1926 at address: 9 A. Alizadeh Street (formerly 9 Violetova Street).

In 1931 on the initiative of Uzeir Hajibeyli, the founder of Azerbaijani professional music, here the first Musical Instrument Orchestra and the current Symphony Orchestra named after Niyazi were created. According to history, outstanding artists of our country worked and collaborated in the Recording Studio. It should be noted that, at that time, Muslim Magomayev helped Uzeir Hajibeyli. This temple of art, which became the homeland for musical groups, has always served the national and moral values of Azerbaijan.

The main objective of the Recording Studio of Azerbaijan Television and Radio is preparation of projects related to national and cultural musical events, taking place in the country, preserving national-moral values, reflecting each country's success through music to listeners and promoting professional music to the younger generation.


Musical collectives of the recording studio:

* Honored collective, the Orchestra of Folk Musical Instruments of Azerbaijan Television and Radio named after Said Rustamov;

* Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra named after Niyazi;

 * Chorus named after Jahangir Jahangirov;

* Variety Symphony Orchestra named after Tofig Ahmedov;

* Children's choir "Banovsha" named after A. Javanshirov;

* The “Khatira” Ensemble named after A. Dadashev;

* The National Ensemble of Ancient Traditional Musical Instruments named after Ahmad Bakikhanov;

* Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble "Seville" named after Vagif Mustafazade;

* The Instrumental Ensemble "Gaytagy"

* Honored Collective Children's Musical Theater


The Orchestra of Folk Musical Instruments of Azerbaijan Television and Radio named after Said Rustamov

The Folk Musical Instruments Orchestra of Azerbaijan Television and Radio named after Said Rustamov was created in 1931 by Uzeyir Hajibeyli on the proposal of Muslim Magomayev and became the first professional musical orchestra not only in Azerbaijan, but also all over the East. Initially, the conductor and director of the orchestra was Uzeyir Hajibeyli, concertmaster Said Rustamov. The orchestra included musical instruments, such as kamancha, saz, balaban, zurna, def, nagara. The first cast of orchestra consisted of Said Rustamov, Ahmad Khan Bakikhanov, his brother Mammad Khan Bakikhanov, Agabadji Rzayev, Amrulla Mammadbeyli, Javahir Hasanova, Tutu Kerimova, Mammadaga Muradov, Suleyman Huseynguluoglu, Abulfaz Farajadzadeh, Khalig Babayev, Aligasan Nuriyev, Khosrov Melikov, Gylman Salakhov, Goncha Israfilova, Hajibaba Aliyev, Haji Khanmammadov, A. Guliyev and others.

In 1935 on the initiative of Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Said Rustamov was appointed chief conductor and director of orchestra. In spite of the fact that repertoire of orchestra mainly consisted of folk songs, tesnifs and ryangs, soon M. Magomayev, U. Hajibeyli, S. Rustamov began to write their works for the orchestra. Thus, Radio march of M. Magomayev RV-8, the 1st and 2nd Fantasies of U. Hajibeyli, the songs of S. Rustamov replenished the repertoire of the orchestra.

In 1936 the orchestra received the award of the I International Radio Festival, in 1937 it successfully performed with concerts in Moscow and Leningrad.

During the preparation for the days of Azerbaijan art and literature held in Moscow, U. Hajibeyli entrusted S. Rustamov with the orchestration of his musical comedy Arshyn Mal Alan. Musical comedy Arshyn Mal Alan presented to the public, shown on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, was a great success. The next day the play sounded on the radio for a wide audience of listeners.

During the Great Patriotic war orchestra performances in front of soldiers and on the radio waves – in those difficult days, have helped to build the people's confidence in defeating the enemy.

The first piano concert of the Folk Instruments Orchestra of Middle East named after Fikret Amirov was performed by Emilia Grenberg. A large article was written in the Moscow magazine Art about this concert and about successful performance.

The orchestra included the famous musicians, such as Adil Giray, Rakhilya Kerimova, Baba Salakhov, Shovket Babayev, Akhsan Dadashev, Hafiz Mirzaliyev, Shafiga Mammadaliyeva, Garib Gadjizadeh, Izzet Bagirova, Bahruz Zeynalov, Vadjiha Safarova, Farhad Dadashev, Gaji Mammadov, Ashraf Abbasov, Ganbar Huseynli, Sarvar Ibrahimov, Tarlan Gazyeva, Asya Tagiyeva, Azer Mustafayev, Dadash Dadashev, Rena Kengerli, Govkhar Gasymova, Agasaleh Abasalieva Elama, Jeyran Jafarova, Mammad Guliyev, Sayara Aliyeva, Ramiz Mirishli, Elman Badalov, Mokhsum Mokhsumov, Alekper Aleskerov and others.

In 1974 the chief conductor and director of orchestra was appointed Nariman Azimov. The number of instruments of the orchestra was increased shortly due to flute, contrabass, and oboe. In 1979 Faik Sadykhov was appointed the second conductor of the orchestra.

While recording the symphonic mugham Kurd Ovshary in a recording studio in December 1983, the famous composer Fikret Amirov expressed his feelings this way: “If I knew that my work would sound like that, performed by folk musical instruments orchestra, I would not write it for the symphony orchestra”.


Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra named after Niyazi

State Symphony Orchestra named after Niyazi was formed in 1931 at the request of the great composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli under the State Radio Committee. At that time, Schwartz was the artistic director and chief conductor. Leopold Rastropovich, the father of a world-renowned musician Mstislav Rastropovich, had been orchestra’s concertmaster for many years.

Since 1941 the artistic director and chief conductor had been Ashraf Gasanov, and the second conductor was Chingiz Gajibeyli. An Austrian conductor Otto Strasser, invited by U. Hajibeyli, had worked in this collective for several years.

Furthermore, in 1944 the orchestra performed successfully in Tbilisi at the Transcaucasian contest. During the war, the orchestra together with Bulbul, Shovket Mammadova, Firangiz Akhmedova, Sona Aslanova, Lutfiyar Imanov, Mobil Akhmedov and other singers performed in front of injured soldiers in the hospitals. The screen version of one of the immortal works of Uzeyir Hajibeyli ‑ the operetta Arshyn Mal Alan ‑ in the 1945-46s had been held with the orchestra participation.

In 1971 the Republic’s People’s Artist Ramiz Melik-Aslanov, in the 1992-95s Merited Art Worker Yashar Imanov had been directors and chief conductors of the orchestra. Boyukagha Sadygbeyov, Mammad Orudjev, Yagub Hadjiev (the chief conductor in the 2006-2013s), Honored Art Worker Azad Aliyev and many others had been working in the collective for many years.


Chorus named after Jahangir Jahangirov

The chorus of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting was established in 1936 by the great composer U. Hajibeyli. One period, he himself led this collective. He wrote some folk songs for the choir and advised them to young composers. U. Hajibeyli handed over later the leadership of the collective to Jahangir Jahangirov. Ramiz Mustafayev, People's Artist of the Republic, who began his career as a second choirmaster, had been working since 1948 until the end of his life as artistic director of the choir.

From the very beginning of its activity, the collective of choir performed works of Azerbaijani composers. It played a large role in the creative growth of many performers. People's Artists of the USSR Lutfiyar Imanov, Firangiz Akhmedova, Zeynab Khanlarova, People's Artists of the Republic Gulag Mammadov, Mobil Akhmedov, Shakhlar Guliyev, Honored Artists of the Republic Firudin Mehdiyev, Faik Mustafayev, Yashar Safarov, artists Anatollu Ganiyev, Narmin Mammadova, Sahib Karimov and others can be named among them. During the years of World War II, the choir performed many military-patriotic works. Highly professionally performed by the choir oratorios, cantatas, vocal and symphonic poems by composers U. Hajibeyli, Fikret Amirov, Kara Karayev, Jovdat Hadjiyev, Haji Khanmammadov, Jangir Jangirov and others were captured on tapes.


Variety Symphony Orchestra named after Tofig Ahmedov

Variety symphony orchestra named after Tofig Ahmedov began its activity in 1956 as a small variety ensemble.

This collective was organized in a short time by the famous saxophonist, People's Artist of the Republic Tofig Ahmedov.

In 1975 the ensemble received the status of pop-symphonic music and its cast enlarged significantly. This collective represented Azerbaijan in many republics abroad. People's Artist of the USSR Muslim Magomayev first performed in the Ostankino studio in Moscow accompanied by this orchestra. For many years, folk artists had been working with the orchestra - Mirza Babayev, Flora Karimova, Oktay Agayev, Ilham Kuliyev, Elkhan Akhadzadeh, Brilliant Dadashova, Natavan Sheykhova, Mubariz Tagiyev; Honored Artists Idris Mehdiyev, Javan Zeynally; artists Javanshir Aliyev, Jafar Behbudov, Firangiz Ragimbekova and others.

The orchestra had been led by: in the 1979-83s - Aziz Akbar Azizli, in the 1983-90s – composer-pianist Honored Artist Rafik Babayev, in the 1990-98s composer, People's Artist Faik Sudjaddinov, in the 1998-2002s composer-pianist Eldar Rzaguluzadeh, in the 2002-2012s – saxophonist Akif Suleymanbeyli.


Children's choir "Banovsha" named after Afsar Javanshirov

Children's choir "Banovsha" of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting was founded in September 1958 by the composer Afsar Javanshirov. Azerbaijani songs, as well as world folk songs, folk tunes took their rightful place in the repertoire of the Children's Choir "Banovsha". The first concertmaster of the choir was a People's Artist of Azerbaijan, composer Musa Mirzayev. A lot of artists began their path to the big stage with this collective. Among them are Peolple’s Artists – Flora Kerimova, Amaliya Panakhova, Khuraman Gasymova, Malakhanum Eyubova, Nisa Gasymova; Honored artists – Akif Islamzadeh, Firuza Ibadova, Azerin and others. The repertoire of the children's choir “Banovsha” to date includes songs by composers on school themes that promote children in aesthetic qualities taking into account children's ideology.


The National Ensemble of Ancient Traditional Musical Instruments named after Ahmad Bakikhanov of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting

Since its formation, this collective has been an ensemble consisting of folk instruments soloists. Suspended for some time, the ensemble was restored by U. Hajibeyli and M. Magomayev. After the death of the artistic director Ahmad Bakikhanov in 1973, the ensemble began to be called after his name and the People’s Artist Khabib Bayramov was its artistic director. This collective has become the first professional ensemble in the East. Accompanied by the ensemble, Jabbar Garyagdyoglu, Bulbul, Khan Shushinski, Shovket Alekperova, Zeynab Khanlarova and other artists successfully performed.


The “Khatira” Ensemble of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting named after A. Dadashev

In 1961 the leadership of the Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting suggested that Ahsan Dadashev create a new ensemble of folk instruments. The same year, the ensemble was created and a number of famous musicians were invited. Ahsan Dadashev had led the ensemble until the year 1976, after his death the collective was renamed "Khatira".

Since 1976 the ensemble has been led by People's Artist Adul Bagirov. The ensemble's repertoire includes mughams, folk tunes and songs. Most composers entrusted the rendition of their works to this ensemble, the recordings of which enriched the volume of the music library. The ensemble toured all over the country and abroad.


Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble "Seville" of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting named after Vagif Mustafazade

In 1970 the famous musician Vagif Mustafazade created the Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble “Seville”.

The purpose of the ensemble consisting of women was to synthesize a new sound and adaption of various compositions. 


The Instrumental Ensemble "Gaytagy" of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting

The Instrumental Ensemble "Gaytagy" was created in 2012. The head of the ensemble is People's Artist Enver Sadykhov. The purpose of the ensemble was to present the audience with folk music in a modern adaptation.

Children's Musical Theater of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting

Children's Musical Theater of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting was created in 2014 on the basis of the Sound Recording Studio of Azerbaijan Television and Radio. The purpose of the theater is serving the principles of children's ideology, searching for talented children and their involvement in art, spreading of modern ideology in children's songs.


Soloists of Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting

Television contest Mugham, held with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, have identified a number of talented young people in recent years. The winners of this competition are the soloists of the Recording Studio of Azerbaijan Television and Radio, and the following artists:


Brilliant Dadashova - People's Artist

Teymur Amrah - People's Artist

Gulyanag Mammadova - People's Artist

Sabir Abdullaev - Honored Artist

Abbas Bagirov - Honored Artist

Arzu Aliyeva - Honored Artist

Ehtiram Huseynov - Honored Artist

Ilaha Effendiyeva - Honored Artist

Vayimkhanum Velieva - Honored Artist

Sabina Arabli

Kamila Nabiyev

Zabite Aliyeva

Gunay Imamverdiyeva

Ariz Huseynov

Miralam Miralamov

Mammad Najafov

Serkhan Bunyatzadeh

Khatai Hadzhiev

Ramig Bayramov

Ayshen Mehdieva

Aynur Iskenderli

Aytaj Shikhalizadeh

Zumrud Mammadova

Gulnar Gudretli

Babek Guliyev

Kanan Gadimov


Aygul Mammadova

Managing Director of the Board of Directors


The Board of Directors guides the operations of radio. It includes Programme Coordination, Release,  Speakers and Announcers, Fund and Record Library departments and Directors group.

The Board of Directors provides archiving, sorting, storage and funding of broadcasts, radio-compositions, radio-performances, radio theaters, portraits, and essays created so far on Azerbaijan Radio. Approximately 90 original radio programmes of various genres are available on the network of programmes of Azerbaijan Radio.

Deputy Directors: Rovshan Imanzadeh, Nurlan Budagov.

Zaur Rzayev

Editor-in-Chief of chief editorial office of News


News has begun to air since 1926 with half-hour production releases.

The news programmes of radio went on air at different times under different names – since the mid-30s as The Latest News, since June 13, 1966, as Voice of the Day, since 1991, again as The Latest News.

News currently goes on the air 13 times a day (8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 (in Russian), 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 22:00), presents public-political, socio-economic, environmental news, and also provides information on cultural, sports events and the weather forecasts.

Baktiyar Baktiyarov

Editor-in-Chief of chief editorial board of Morning Music Broadcasts


Editorial activity is very multifaceted. In 2019 the editorial offices of Morning and Music Broadcasts joined together, and the integration was renamed the editorial staff of Morning and Music Broadcasts.

The editorial's main programme 'Come, My Morning' is broadcasted live every morning from 8.00 to 10.00. The programme is of a musical and informational nature, tells history of our country, promotes national moral values, and provides information on innovations.

This programme brings the audience a good mood. The creative editorial staff of Morning presents different broadcasts on air. Among them broadcasts named Retromania, Discoverers, That Village is Our’s, Heart-to-Heart Talks, At Dawn, Hourglass, Thinking, Ask and We Will Answer, The Nature of Azerbaijan, When the Night Comes, Treasure Pearls, The Day Has Begun, Behind the Scenes became of great interest to the listeners.

The editorial staff simultaneously both creates broadcasts and programmes that promote folk, classical and pop music of Azerbaijan, the works of outstanding artists and also presents the audience with the achievements of our musicians participating in music festivals and contests in our country and abroad.


Shafag Alikhanly

Eeditor-in-chief, honorable art figure


The editorial office which has started its activity since the late 1920s was called Literary and Dramatic for some time. In those days, the editorial staff was headed by the distinguished writer Mammad Said Ordubadi.

At that period, one third of all the radio’s production were artistic programmes. Ordubadi, having attracted in the radio such famous writers and poets as Jafar Jabbarly, Huseyn Javid, Jalil Mammadguluzadeh, Mikhaiyl Mushvig, Seyid Huseyn, Samad Vurgun, Suleyman Rustam, Mammad Rahim, Mehdi Huseyn, Sabit Rahman, Mir Jalal Pashaev and others achieved a frequent replenishment of the air with new literary works.

It contributed to the development and protection of literary language from external influences. The editorial staff of Literature and Art has been carrying its mission of protecting national and spiritual heritage with great honor for many years. Cultural events dedicated to Azerbaijan held both in the country and around the world, as well as the high appreciation given in recent years to the arts of our country are brightly reflected in editorial’s programmes. Along with long-lasting programmes as Good Morning and Shabaka (Stained-glass window), the broadcasts Art Discussions, Source of Inspiration, The Envoy also serve to perpetuate the works of creators who enriched the spiritual treasury of our nation.

Such programmes as If you Have Time, After Us, Our World of Word, Wisdom of the East, Decoraters of the World, Our Monuments, Science and Life, From Word to Word, Modern Writing, Woman's Voice, The Tale of One Song, Night Knock on the Door, Kingdom of Cinema, Poetry, You are My Love, Companion were popular with listeners. It’s already 40 years that some of the above-mentioned programmes have been broadcasted on Azerbaijan Radio.

Zahid Azad

Editor-in-chief of Musical Programs Main Department


Such broadcasts as Our Mugham World, Music World, Mood, In the Musical World of Azerbaijan, Wreath, Famous Jazzmen, Evening Meetings, Music Calendar, Musical Morning, Works of Azerbaijani Composers, Songs of the Past Years, Cinema and Music, Good Night, Stay up to Date, Another Meeting, Desired Music Mail, Evening Time, Prominent Figures gained great popularity among the audience.

The concert programmes titled Golden Fund of Radio, Unforgettable Performances, Memorable Voices, From Our Treasury of Sound commemorate the outstanding artists gone from this world.

Arzu Bayramova

Editor-in-chief of Children and Youth Programs Main Department


Treating Azerbaijan children as creators of country’s future, the editorial staff follows a creative approach to the issues of education and upbringing, entertainment and recreation, as well as interests and intellectual development of the younger generation.

Children are humankind's greatest treasure. Being an important part of our life, children are a spiritual bridge between today and tomorrow. Editorial staff tries to implement the idea and ideology to treat child as equal human being in all their programmes.

The names and contents of children’s programmes change and get new permit for the broadcast depending on season during a year. Such broadcasts as Success, School Years, Big Break and Explore the World are among the new programmes aired. Programmes Window to Tomorrow and Green Planet play a teaching role in shaping children's worldview and expanding their geographical awareness.The main task of such programmes as Mother’s Baby, Come on, Heroes is to instill a love for the Homeland and mother. Lastly, the contents of such programmes as Bundle and Learn from the Child are based on humour.

The editorial staff of Children’s Programmes also entertains children with such programmes as Drainage, Harvest, Journey to the Centuries. Additionally, the fabulous program Sweet Dreams sounds on the evening air.

Children, as well as their teachers and parents are the main characters, participants and performers in all programmes.

Farid İskandarov

Program Director


Ilhama Huseynova

Head of Department


Head of the Department Ilhama Rasul Huseynova was born in Masalli region in 1975.

In 1992, she finished Masalli Region Secondary School named after Nariman Narimanov with a silver medal.

In 1993, she entered the Faculty of Law of Baku State University. After completing her education, she started working. 

Since March of 2019, she has been working as the head of the Human Resources and Special Affairs Department of “Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting” CJSC. 

Niyamaddin Guliyev

Head of Department


Niyamaddin Sadulla Guliyev was born in Imishli region’s Gizilkand village on July 4, 1990.

In 2008-2012, he studied at the International Economic Relations Faculty of Azerbaijan Public-Political University.

In 2013, after completing the military service, he started operating in the field of finance. He successfully completed the organization of tax accounting, computer graphics and qualification courses.

In 2016, he took part in the VI International scientific conference held in Turkey.

He speaks English and German

Elnur Alizade

Director of Union


Elnur Telman Alizade was born in Gubadli region on April 18, 1980.

He finished school in Sumgayit City. In 1995-1999, he studied in the Faculty of International Economic Relations at Azerbaijan State Economic University.

In 2000, after completing the military service, he did a master’s degree in English in the Faculty of Computer Engineering and Management at Khazar University.

In 2004, he started working in the field of television and has been promoted to the position of the head engineer. He has attended qualification courses on one of Turkey’s popular channels. He has also been engaged in the translation and dubbing of feature films, documentaries and cartoons.

He speaks Russian and English.

He is married and has 2 children.


Deputy Directors of the Technical Production Union Head engineer Yolchu Aliyev and Khalil Mammadov.

Seymur Mansurov

Head of the Department

Ibrahimov Mushfiq

Head of Department


Head of the Department Mushfig Yusif Ibrahimov was born in Sumgayit city on May 31, 1970.

After finishing secondary school No 21 in Sumgayit city, he entered Azerbaijan Technical University.

In the same year, he dropped out of the University and went to serve in the Soviet army.

After completing the military service, he continued his education at the same Institute and specialized as an engineer. He started working in 1994 and worked at various institutions.

Since 2019, he has been working in “Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting” CJSC.

In October, 2020, he was appointed the head of the Department of Material-Technical Supply and Production. He is married and has 3 children.

Elnar Mammadov

Head of the International Relations Department


The main purpose of the establishment of the International Relations Department that started operating in February of 2020 is to impact the development of the relations with relevant institutions of foreign countries, prepare new projects in this regard and further expand the existing cooperation with the leading mass media outlets of the world.

Currently, AzTV has cooperation agreements, as well as protocols of intent, with a number of Television and radio channels of the world. The Department has set the intensive activity in this direction as one of its main targets. Along with this, Azerbaijan Television deepens the cooperation with the world’s TV and radio channels to deliver the country’s realities to the international community.

These cooperation projects will envisage the programs reflecting the truth about Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as create new opportunities for broadcasting documentaries and other TV products about Azerbaijan’s rich history, culture, musical traditions, nature and others on world TV channels. Achieving the promotion of our Republic is among our main priorities. At the same time, in the future, we are planning to use the quality films, cartoons, documentaries and other TV products of those television channels relevant for our national-cultural values.

Head of the Department


Nargiz Rafiyeva

Head of Department


The Social Media and PR Department of “Azerbaijan Television and Radio Programs” CJSC has been operating since March 1, 2019.

The Department consists of two sections: Social media and PR.

The work of both sections is coordinated from the same center. The Social Media and PR Department creates close connections with the public through information websites, social networks, immediate communication programs, and at the same time, delivers information about the CJSC to local and foreign media outlets.

The Department employees turn communication into an interactive dialogue by using web-based technologies. Along with posts on various topics, announcements and videos are also prepared at the Department and disseminated on social media and to mass media.

The PR section is engaged in the management activity aimed at the creation of mutually beneficial, harmonious relations between the organization it represents and the public. The works carried out with media institutions play a significant role in the formation of the public opinion about the CJSC.

The telephone number of the Social Media and PR Department: (+99412) 498 15 60

Head of the Department

Khatira Huseynova

Head of Department


Khatira Isam Huseynova was born in Baku in 1977.

In 1998, she graduated from the Journalism Faculty of Baku State University.

In 2000, she did a master’s degree on the Teleradio journalism specialty.

In 2010, she defended the dissertation entitled "The Television Criticism in Azerbaijan" and became a doctor of philosophy. She worked as a presenter, editor on various Television channels. She gave lectures at Baku State University and Baku Slavic University and became an associate professor. She worked as the Deputy Dean in the Journalism Faculty of Baku Slavic University and as the director of the Information sector of the Knowledge Foundation under the President of Azerbaijan Republic.

Since 2019, she has been the head of the General Department of "Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting" CJSC.


Jamal Asgarov

Head of Department


Head of the Department Jamal Hidayat Asgarov was born in Tashkent city in 1974.

In 1995, he entered the Faculty of Art Studies of Azerbaijan State Art University. In 1998, he obtained the profession of an accountant and “Operator EBM” at the International Association “Knowledge”. After completing the military service in the Azerbaijani army, he worked at various institutions.

Since 2005, he worked as the deputy director of the Department of Computer Graphics and Software of “Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting” CJSC.

In 2012, he was appointed the head of this Department.

Since 2020, he has been working as the head of the Department of Software, Digitalization and Archiving of “Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting” CJSC.

Vugar Bashirov

Head of Department


Vugar Sabir Bashirov was born in 1973.

He started working in various fields after finishing secondary school.

He continued his professional activity after completing the military service in the Azerbaijani army. 

Since 2019, he has been working as the head of the Logistics Department of "Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting" OJSC.

Hasan Ismayilov

Head of Complex


Head of the Complex Hasan Abbasali Ismayilov was born in Tovuz city in 1960.

After finishing secondary school, he entered Azerbaijan Polytechnic Institute and majored as a radio communications and radio broadcasting engineer. 

After completing the military service in the Soviet army, he started working as a lighting specialist in the special lighting workshop of Azerbaijan RTC.

In 1986, he was appointed an engineer in the same workshop, and in 1992, he was appointed the head of the special lighting workshop of “Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting” CJSC.

Since 2014, he has been working as the head of the Energy Supply Complex of “Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting” CJSC.

Kamala Rahimova



Kamala Aliverdi Rahimova was born in Baku City in 1966.

After finishing secondary school, in 1984, she entered the Culture-Enlightenment Faculty of the Art Institute named after M. Aliyev.

In 1988, she was accepted as an assistant director at the Literary-Drama Programs Department of Azerbaijan State Television. During her activity, she worked as the second and first degree assistant, later as the first degree director.

She has been awarded the honorary certificate of the Trade Union.