Nepal Television (NTV) is perhaps one of the youngest television stations in Asia, It started as a project in January 1985 under the Sixth Development Plan (1980-1985) in which a provision was made "to undertake feasibility study of the establishment of television in the country and to begin TV transmission service at selected places if found feasible from economic and technical standpoints." Despite doubts felt by many, it began its experimental transmission for Kathmandu Valley in a very modest manner with VHF equipment and in the UHF band, In those days there were only about 400 TV sets, the majority of which were used basically for video purposes. Some of these receivers were also used for receiving Doordarshan signals. The thirst for TV programs was growing. When Nepal TV went on air with its thirty minutes transmission, the number of TV sets increased dramatically. A 100 watt transmitter was then set up to cover Kathmandu valley during this experimental transmission, Regular transmission of two hours commenced by the end of 1985. In February of 1986, it became a full fledged corporation under the Communication Act of His Majesty's Government.
Established as an electronic medium to enhance the country's socio-economic development, Nepal Television currently covers 42% of the country's population and-32% of the land area. Programs are thus mostly geared to inform and educate the general mass. With the extension of the network. transmission hours have also increased 6l hours per week.