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General TV Channel / La Première is a pioneering terrestrial television channel in Côte d’Ivoire. It was formerly named Radio Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI), (the name of the company operating it) from 1963 to 1983, but in 1983 a new television channel made it necessary for the channel to be renamed to La Première. It was first broadcast on August 7, 1963, established by the then President of the Republic Félix Houphouët-Boigny who wanted to make it an instrument of development. On 4 August 1966, two studios in Cocody, 100m2 and 400m2 respectively were built with quality equipment. In 1973 the station began broadcasting in color. Following the launch of a second television channel, CH2 on December 9, 1983, RTI was renamed La Première. The state-controlled television broadcasting entity is Radiodiffusion Television ivoirienne (RTI).