Taiwan Television

Taiwan Television
Type Free-to-air nationwide TV
Branding TTV
Country Taiwan
First air date
10 October 1962
Availability Taiwan
Founded 10 October 1962
by Taiwan Provincial Government
Owner Unique Satellite TV你是我的糖
Official website
TTV 2nd corporate identity logo on TTV outdoor broadcasting vehicle

Taiwan Television Enterprise, Ltd. (Chinese: 台灣電視公司; pinyin: Táiwān Diànshì Gōngsī; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tâi-ôan-tiān-sī-kong-si), commonly known as TTV and formerly known as Central Television and Voice of Taiwan, is the first television broadcast station in Taiwan. It was established on April 28, 1962 and started formally broadcasting later that year on Double Ten Day, the Republic of China's national holiday.

TTV was formerly called Voice of Taiwan (VOT) in 1962, then CTV in 1982 and Central Television (CTV) in 1990, when China Central Television (CCTV) (now CTV) was launched.

TTV building in Taipei City

The station became home to many trailblazing and innovative shows at the time. Recently, the station enjoyed a resurgence in viewership when it inked a major contract with Sanlih E-Television to promote and air the latter's shows. TTV's pop idol dramas consistently rated high, although it sometimes went down or up depending on the storyline and the stars' appeal on these dramas.

Under current media reform laws, TTV is being tapped for full privatization. However the divestment of government shares in the station is being put on hold and placed under investigation at the moment due to irregularities in its transaction.

Since 1962, TTV began some of the milestones that changed the landscape of TTV presenting the very first Taiwanese-language TV serial as well as the first Mandarin drama anthology series. TTV presented the first costume drama serial "Zheng Chengong" (1963) starring Tsao Chien (Cao Jian) as the title role. On September 7, 1969 TTV is the first TV network broadcast in color and gave its chance to air the Apollo XI Landing (known as "Man on the Moon").


Logo history

Since the beginning of TTV in 1962, the earliest known was a simple TV logo with the letters "TTV" in it; with the two Ts striking with a thunderbolt and a small V on a blue-green-red background. It was used until 1990 when it was replaced by a circular disk with an angular triangle inside the logo forming a satellite dish. The 1990 logo was used until recently in July 2008 when the present logo was revised with the same design but the triangle itself moves upward.

Test card

The testcard of TTV is PM5544.

Closing and opening times

"Closing time" is 100%. It close at 4:50. But it announced in the schedule.


Open 167.8 hours a week (Mon 4:49-5:00)


Broadcast platform

The TTV shows

TTV Mandarin Novels (台視國語電視小說), the earliest TTV drama in Mandarin during the 1960s. It was the predecessor of today's Primetime drama serials that is now shown every night at 8PM.

Star Showcase (群星會), the earliest TTV variety show that lasted for 15 years from 1962 to 1977. It was revived in the early 1990s and again in 2002, but both of the newer versions lasted for less than six months.

Pentalight Talent Show (五燈獎), the longest TV talent show in Taiwan that lasted for 33 years from 1965 to 1998. Some of the popular singers in Taiwan started their careers in that said show.

Fu Pei-mei's Chinese Chooking Show (傅培梅時間), one of the earliest programmes of TTV hosted by Fu Pei-mei (1931–2004) ran for 40 years (1962 to 2002).

Taiwanese Opera (楊麗花歌仔戲), a Taiwanese opera TV featuring Taiwanese opera singer Yang Li-hua, began showing in the early evening slot from 1962 to 1975 and again from 1979 to 1994 where she also produces her Taiwanese opera works. In 1994, the show presented "The Goddess of the Luo River (a.k.a. "Mystical Enchantress") was the first Taiwanese opera series to hit on primetime slot at 8:00 PM. Then, a few series was produced sporadically from 1996 to 2003. The last one was "Ode to Its Successor" in 2003 where they earned an award in the 2004 Golden Bell Awards.

See also

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