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Government TV Channel / AzTV or Azerbaijan Television is a state-controlled national television channel in Azerbaijan. It is the oldest television channel in the country, having first broadcast from Baku on 14 February 1956 in what was then the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. The channel has been owned since 2005 by the Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting Closed Joint-stock Company, of which the national government is the only shareholder. This company also owns the channels İdman Azərbaycan TV (Sport Azerbaijan TV) and Mədəniyyət TV (Culture TV). In 2007, an application by AzTV to join the European Broadcasting Union was rejected after the channel was found to be too closely associated with the ruling government. Programming on AzTV primarily consists of news, talk shows, documentaries, music shows, and feature films.