Excerpt from report by Turkmen TV on 27 July
Specialists of our country’s Communications Ministry, with the help of their foreign colleagues, are currently installing equipment for the new, fourth TV channel.
The new channel of Turkmen TV, initiated by [Turkmen President] Saparmyrat Turkmenbasy [Nyyazow] the Great, is designed to broadcast in six foreign languages as well as in Turkmen and to become the most significant source of information on our country for external TV audiences.
At present, the Ministry of Culture and Information of Turkmenistan is drawing up a broadcasting plan for the new TV channel, and the directorate-general of the national TV is recruiting creative staff and personnel for the new channel.
[Passage omitted: other electronic media outlets also being refurbished]
(Source: Turkmen TV first channel, Asgabat, in Turkmen 1000 gmt 27 Jul 04 via BBC Monitoring)