60TH Anniversary of Kazakh Television

60 years ago, the Alma-Ata television’s pilot broadcast was made. This historical event of March 1958 is the starting point of domestic television. In the early 1960s, television was still a huge rarity for many families of Kazakhstan. There were 4000 TV boxes in Alma-Ata. The TV boxes were small in size and made the life of Soviet people more interesting.

Former journalist at the Kazakh television, Gadilbek Shalakhmetov recollects how he first came on TV in 1963. When he was a student of the Polytechnic Institute, he struggled to make a career as a journalist. Nevertheless, experienced mentors always supported creative minds and gave useful advice. Therefore, Shalakhmetov launched his first youth Rovesniki program. His education in the Polytechnic Institute contributed to his career as the journalist. For example, being familiar with the electric power industry of the Soviet Union, he managed to explain the complex system of the Yekibastuz state district power station. He has a lot of vivid memories about this period of his life. Today the journalist is writing a book dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Kazakh television. The book will focus on the people who were pioneers of domestic TV.


 - Sovet Masgutov, Lasker Seitov, Alevtina Popova and Svetlana Tatenko are the first anchorpersons of the Kazakh television. We started to create this Kazakh television. It has been 60 years since the Kazakh television’s establishment and I think it's necessary to remember them and other names such as Dias Omarov, Madrid Rysbekov, Zharkyn Shakarimov and Kusman Igisinov. Our television, from the very beginning, was noticeable in Moscow.

According to Gadilbek Shalakhmetov, the TV journalists worked with a magnificent symbiosis of ideas, fantasies and humor. They were constantly looking for new formats of TV programs. Speeches, stories, television essays, magazines, critical broadcasts were relevant for the TV. Today, a veteran of the Kazakh television recognizes development of domestic TV and highlights the continuity of generations. He says that modern journalism has taken the best features of the past.


 - I'm looking at this new camera, I'm looking at you and I think that we've done so much work that the Kazakh television is well known not only here, but also abroad since our journalists travel and I watch reports with our President from the United Nations, and the reporters fluently speak English. We, veterans of the Kazakh television, have done everything to make the television world-wide.

Today, the production equipment of the 1960s can be found in museums. They convey the atmosphere of the era. The veterans of the Kazakh television are the main builders of the domestic screen. They are chroniclers of 60 years of a fascinating history.