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In 1956, the leadership of that time of the USSR decided to launch TV programs in the Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic (MSSR). They started with building the TV tower. For the first time they had to find out the highest geographical point in the capital or at the outskirts. This point is placed in Ciocana (north-west part of the city Chisinau) and after all they selected the Hill from Schinoasa, street Hînceşti (at that time str. Kotovski), Nb. 64.
 
The first director of the Television was Andrei Timuş, later on member correspondent of the Moldova Science Academy. Vsevolod Revuţchi has been technical coordinator of the construction works of the TV tower and he has been director of the Technical Center of the Television and Company for many years in succession.
 
At the end of 1957, the TV tower from Chisinau with the height of 196 m was ready to transmit the signal that covered a territory of 60 km.
 
The first program at Moldova s TV was broadcast at 19:00 on April, 30 1958  and included a welcome speech  fromm the side of the society and party structures from Moldova, the TV magazine „ Soviet Moldova”, artistic movie „Moldovan songs” and a concert of promenade music from Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg). The producers of the first program were actresses Constanţa Târţău and Ariadna Kazanskaia.
 
Initially, the Television used to broadcast two times a week, on Friday and Sunday, and later on 3 times a week and at the end of 1958 it broadcast 4 times a week. In the same year there was broadcast the first live transmission with the help of mobile car at the headquarter of the Russian drama theatre „A.P.Cehov”  - the play titled „When acacia blooms”.
 
There was extended the area of coverage of the Television from Moldova- in 1961 there were put in operation the transmitters from Bălţi, Cahul and  Comrat. Since 1974, the TV started to broadcast with colorful images. In 1977, there was inaugurated the studio with the surface of 600 square meters (Studio 2), where still they produce complex programs listened to by many people- plays, festivals, contests, talk- shows.
 
At the beginning of `80, in Moldova, over one million citizens had TV sets. Over 1200 people activated within the TV. In 1980  the Olympic fire crossed the territory of Moldova and teams of specialists of TV joined them and organized live transmission or recording of the Olympic Games.
 
The artistic groups play a special roles in development of Television that enriched the music programs and recorded for the fund hundreds of songs and folk works of Moldovan and foreign composers. The funds of the Company keep at present over 1500 works of the Choral Chapel „Moldova”. In 1964, there was created the symphonic and promenade orchestra of the State Radio Television, currently called the National Symphonic orchestra of the Company „Teleradio-Moldova”. In 1968,  the orchestra of folk music „Folklor” started its activity within the Radiotelevision.  
 
The Studio „Telefilm- Chişinău” was founded in 1967 and developed over 300 works. In 1968, Iacob Burghiu made his debut with the short length movie „The carol”. In  1986 at the studio they staged the TV artistic movie in 2 episodes „Luceafărul” produced by Emil Loteanu. Over this period of time , they produced the opera movies „Cio-Cio San” and ”Floria Tosca” with the participation of Maria Bieşu, artistic movies „Meşterul Manole” and „Călugărul Negru”, many up to date documentaries.

For the first time, in the soviet TV area, at Chisinau, in 1967, there was opened the TV puppet theatre „Prichindel”. At the broadcasting of the 1000 program of the Theatre „Prichindel” in Cehoslovacia, at the location from Prague of the Council of the International Association of Puppeteers, city Chisinau was marked on a special map with a small flag and with the name „Puppet Theatre „Prichindel”.
 
The first plays were staged live at the Television. The producer Irina Ilieva staged in 1958 4 dramas, the first was titled „Păcat boieresc”,  by the homonymous novel of Mihail Sadoveanu.
 
In 1967, the TV theatre „Dialogue”was created at Television. The first play of the theatre is titled „Stone from the house” by Vasile Alecsandri. The theatre  „Dialogue” becomes the arena of assertion of some well known actors and producers from the Moldovan theatrical art  - Constanţa Târţău, Constantin Constantinov, Petru Baracci, Grigore Grigoriu, Paulina Zavtoni, Sandri Ion Şcurea, Veniamin Apostol, Ilie Todorov, Vitalie Ţapeş, Ada Rudeaghina etc. The majority of plays is part of the golden fund of the National Public Broadcaster.
 
After `90 Moldova s Television underwent a complex and controversial period- from transparency, openness for historic truth, objective, impartial and equidistant information, to political purposes, ideological subordination and editorial dictatorship. The efforts of the Television to promote national ideals and independence were appreciated by the Moldovan society through attributing the name „Mesager”, the main newsreel of TV, to a street from Chişinău.
 
In the second half of the first decade of the XXI century, in Moldova there  is attested the movement of journalists, of  workers of creation from Television for its transformation in an authentic public service of the audiovisual.
 
The Public Television organizes and develops many large social campaigns like TV marathons „Eşti cât dăruieşti”, dedicated to reestablishing the monastic complexes Căpriana and Curchi, helped the victims from the flooded villages from the valley of the Prut river and others.
 
The Republic of Moldova made its debut at Eurovision in 2005 and in Eurovision Junior in 2010. The national contests and live transmissions from international events are assured by TV Moldova 1.
 
In 1998, at 40 years of Television there was opened the Museum of the National Television.

Directors of Television
  1. Andrei Timuş – February, 1958 – April, 1961
  2. Mihail Onoicenco – June, 1961 – March,1966
  3. Ion Podoleanu – March, 1966 – March, 1968
  4. Valentin Şleagun – May, 1968 – September, 1974
  5. Ion Busuioc – August, 1975 – December, 1988
  6. Mihail Stratan – March, 1989 – January, 1990
  7. Constantin Pîrţac – January, 1990 – april,1994
  8. Dumitru Ţurcanu – April ,1994 – November, 1997
  9. Iurie Tăbârţă – November, 1997 – June, 1999
  10.                             September, 2001 – June, 2002
  11. Arcadie Gherasim – July, 1999 – June, 2000
  12. Anatol Barbei – June, 2000 – September, 2001
  13. Alexandru Grosu – June, 2002 – August, 2003
  14. Sergiu Prodan – August – October, 2003
  15. Victor Moraru – January – April, 2004
  16. Victor Tăbârţă – April – December, 2004
  17. Adela Răileanu – December, 2004 – February, 2010
  18. Angela Sârbu – February, 2010 – February, 2012
  19. Mircea Surdu - December, 2012 - June, 2017
  20. Ecaterina Stratan - August 2017 - present

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