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Children's TV Channel Debuts In Kazakhstan

ASTANA -- The first-ever television channel for children has been officially presented in the Kazakh capital, Astana, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

A Kazakh Communications and Information Ministry spokesperson told journalists that the new channel, called Balapan (Nestling), will be available via a cable television network.

The programs will be in Kazakh and the target audience will be children between 3 and 15 years of age.

Astana city languages department chief Orazgul Asanghazy said at the presentation on September 24 that the opening of the first television channel in Kazakh would be a good addition for increasing Kazakh-language usage among Kazakh children.

Kazakh is Kazakhstan's state language, although Russian is the country's official language and continues to dominate everyday life in the big cities.