Television in Egypt is mainly received through free satellite, while analog terrestrial represents 41% of total viewers. Since Egypt launched its first broadcasts in 1960, state-run channels have held a monopoly on terrestrial broadcast. The Ministry of Information strictly regulated private satellite channels as well. The Egyptian Radio and Television Union, a government entity, owns all 17 terrestrial channels. Channel 1 and Channel 2 are the network’s main channels and broadcast across Egypt. The state-owned Nile TV is the main foreign language channel, aims at promoting Egypt's state point of view and promote tourism.


Depicts Maspero television building and the logo of Egyptian Television above the building between dates (1960- 1985). Designer's mark below. Ornamental circle follows the rim.

Maspero is the name of the huge building on the bank of the Nile river in Cairo, Egypt. It is the headquarters of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (formerly the Arab Radio and Television Union), the oldest state-run broadcasting organisation in the Arab World and Africa.

Gamal Abdel Nasser, the President of the United Arab Republic (of which Egypt was then a part) ordered the construction of the building in August 1959. The first broadcast from Maspero commenced on 21 July 1960 with the country's introduction of television on the eighth anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. It was built on an area of 12,000 square metres, with a budget of 108 000 Egyptian pounds. The building was named after the French archaeologist Gaston Maspero, who was the chairman of the Egyptian Antiquities Authority.

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Denomination in mirrored stylized flowers, dates (Hegira and Gregorian) below, calligraphic art state name "Arab Republic of Egypt" in the center, the inscription "The Silver Jubilee of Television" above.

العيد الفضي للتليفزيون
جنيه واحد
جمهورية مصر العربية
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Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.875
Weight 8 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Cairo Mint

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