Kyrgyzstan profile - Media

  • 4 October 2015
  • From the section Asia
Newspaper readers in Kyrgyzstan Image copyright Getty Images

Television is the most popular medium. There are state-run networks and more than a dozen private stations. Russian networks have a significant audience.

State-owned First Channel TV is the government's main media conduit.

There are around two dozen radio stations, most of them privately-owned. Only a handful broadcast nationwide. Four newspapers publish three or four times a week.

The media usually enjoy greater editorial freedoms than their regional counterparts. But journalists often encounter pressure from private media owners or the authorities, says US-based Freedom House.

Internet users make up 24 per cent of the population (, 2014). Mobile phones are used extensively to access the web.

Facebook use is on the rise - the platform is used by around 26 per cent of internet users. Russia's and are popular social media platforms.

The press


  • Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation - state-run, operates four networks including flagship First Channel
  • EITR (Public TV and Radio) - based in southern city of Osh
  • Channel Five - private, near-national coverage
  • Osh TV - private, Osh
  • NBT (Independent Bishkek TV) - private, Bishkek
  • NTS (New TV Network) - private, Bishkek


  • Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation - state-run
  • Kyrgyzstan Obondoru (Kyrgyzstan Melody) - leading private station
  • Europa Plus - private, Bishkek, Osh
  • Hit FM Bishkek - private

News agencies/internet

  • Kabar - state-run, English-language pages
  • AKIpress - private, English-language pages
  • - private, English-language pages
  • KyrTAG - private
  • Kloop - news site, blog platform
  • Diesel Forum - discussion platform