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Public Broadcasters by Country 2024

A public broadcaster is a TV or radio channel funded by the public for the community's interest. Public broadcasters are not state or commercial-owned, which removes outside influence.

In the United States, the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 authorized the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The CPB is a private, non-profit corporation that provides government support to public stations.

The public broadcasting channels in the US include the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and approved affiliates of PBS stations. Public broadcasting in the United States reaches 99% of the population with free access to programming and services.

The first public broadcasting channel in the United Kingdom was formed in 1922. The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, is the largest public broadcaster in the world and is funded through television licensing fees. Other public broadcasting channels in the UK include Channel 3, Channel 4, Channel 5, and S4C.

France has three main public broadcasters: France Télévisions, Radio France, and France Médias Monde. The Catholic Television channel in France was founded in 1999 by the Archdiocese of Paris.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is a public TV and radio broadcaster with regional and international bureaus that play a significant role in times of national or international crisis and emergencies.

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) is the central public broadcaster in Hong Kong and operates seven radio channels and three television channels.

Japan's only public broadcaster is the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). NHK is one of the largest public broadcasters in the world and provides programming in Japan, Asia, and the world 24 hours a day.

South Korea has three public broadcasters, including the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), the Educational Broadcasting System (EBS), and the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC). KBS is the largest of three broadcasters in South Korea.

In 1959, Prasar Bharati was established as a public broadcaster in India by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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Country
Broadcasting Organization
Channels/Stations
AndorraRàdio i Televisió d'Andorra
AngolaTelevisão Pública de AngolaTPA1, TPA2, TPA Notícias, TPA Internacional
ArgentinaRadio y Televisión ArgentinaTelevisión Pública | Canal 7 Buenos Aires – Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina | Canal 10 – Tucumán — Tucumán, Argentina | Canal 10 – Rio Negro — Rio Negro, Argentina | Canal 10 – Córdoba — Córdoba, Argentina | Radio Nacional 870 AM | Radiodifusión Argentina al Exterior | Radio Nacional Rock | Radio Nacional Clásica | Radio Nacional Folklórica
ArmeniaPublic Television Company of ArmeniaPublic Radio of Armenia
AustraliaAustralian Broadcasting Corporation | Special Broadcasting ServiceABC Television | ABC TV | ABC Canberra | ABD Darwin | ABN Sydney | ABQ Brisbane | ABS Adelaide | ABT Hobart | ABV Melbourne | ABW Perth | ABC TV Plus/ABC Kids | ABC Me | ABC News | ABC Local Radio | ABC Radio Sydney (2BL) | ABC Radio Melbourne (3LO) | ABC Radio Brisbane (4QR) | ABC Radio Adelaide (5AN) | ABC Radio Perth (6WF) | ABC Radio Hobart (7ZR) | ABC Radio Canberra (2CN) | ABC Radio Darwin (8DDD) | ABC Broken Hill (2NB) | ABC Central Coast (2BL/T) | ABC Central West (2CR) | ABC Coffs Coast (2MMR) | ABC Illawarra (2ILA) | ABC Mid North Coast (2KP) | ABC New England North West (2NU) | ABC Newcastle (2NC) | ABC North Coast (2NNR) | ABC Riverina (2RVR) | ABC South East NSW (2BA) | ABC Upper Hunter (2UH) | ABC Western Plains (2WPR) | ABC Ballarat (3CRR) | ABC Central Victoria (3ABCRR) | ABC Gippsland (3GLR) | ABC Goulburn Murray (3MRR) | ABC Mildura Swan Hill (3MIL) | ABC Shepparton (3GVR) | ABC South West Victoria (3WL) | ABC Wimmera (3WV) | ABC Northern Tasmania (7NT) | ABC Capricornia (4RK) | ABC Gold Coast (4ABCRR) | ABC Far North (4QCC) | ABC North Queensland (4QN) | ABC North West Queensland (4ISA) | ABC Southern Queensland (4QS) | ABC Sunshine Coast (4SCR) | ABC Tropical North (4QAA) | ABC Western Queensland (4QL) | ABC Wide Bay (4QB) | ABC North & West SA (5CK) | ABC Peninsula and West Coast (5LN) | ABC Riverland (5MV) | ABC South East SA (5MG) | ABC Goldfields-Esperance (6ED, 6GF) | ABC Great Southern (6WA) | ABC Kimberley (6BE) | ABC Midwest & Wheatbelt (6GN) | ABC Pilbara (6KP) | ABC South Coast (6AL) | ABC South West WA (6BS) | ABC Alice Springs (8AL) | ABC Katherine (8ABCRR) | ABC Classic | ABC NewsRadio | Radio National | Triple J | ABC Jazz | ABC Country | ABC Grandstand | ABC Extra | ABC KIDS Listen | Double J | Triple J Unearthed | ABC Classic 2 | ABC Australia | ABC Radio Australia | ABC iview | ABC Listen | SBS | SBS Viceland — Branding licensed from Vice Media | SBS Food | SBS World Movies | NITV | SBS WorldWatch | SBS Radio | SBS Radio 1 | SBS Radio 2 | SBS Radio 3 | SBS Arabic24 | SBS Chill | SBS PopAsia | SBS PopDesi | SBS PopAraby | SBS On Demand
AustriaORFORF 1 | ORF 2 | ORF III | ORF Sport +
BelgiumBRF — German-speaking Community of BelgiumRTBF — Wallonia | VRT — Flanders
Burkina FasoRadio Télévision du Burkina
CanadaCanadian Broadcasting Corporation — (National)CBC Television | CBC News Network | CBC North | Documentary | Ici Radio-Canada Télé | Réseau de l'information | ARTV | Explora | CBC Radio One | CBC Music | CBC Radio 3 (no terrestrial broadcasting) | Ici Radio-Canada Première | Espace musique | Radio Canada International (no terrestrial broadcasting; international broadcasting only) | CBC Parliamentary Television Network (former) | Bande à part (former) | Newsworld International (former; international broadcasting only) | Trio (former; international broadcasting only) | CBC-2 (proposed) | Télé-2 (proposed) | Knowledge — British Columbia | TVOntario — Ontario | Télé-Québec — Quebec | TFO — Ontario | CFTU-TV — Montreal, Quebec (non-profit) | CKUA Radio Network — Alberta (non-profit) | CJRT-FM — Toronto, Ontario (non-profit) | Access — Alberta (former) | Saskatchewan Communications Network — Saskatchewan (former)
Cape VerdeRTCTCV
Costa RicaCanal 13 (SINART) | Canal 15 (Universidad de Costa Rica)
CroatiaHRTHRT 1 | HRT 2 | HRT 3 | HRT 4 | HR 1 | HR 2 | HR 3
Czech RepublicČeská televizeČT1 | ČT1 JM - Southern Moravia | ČT1 SM - Northern Moravia | ČT1 JVC - Southeastern Bohemia | ČT1 SZC - Northwestern Bohemia | ČT2 | ČT24 | ČT sport | ČT :D | ČT art | Český rozhlas
DenmarkDRDR1 | DR2 | DR P3 | DR Minisjang | DR Ramasjang | DR Ultra | TVA Live | TV 2 Danmark | TV 2 | TV 2 Echo | TV 2 Charlie | TV 2 News | TV 2 Fri | TV 2 Sport | TV 2 Sport X
Dominican RepublicCorporación Estatal de Radio y Televisión
DR CongoRadio-Télévision nationale congolaise
EstoniaEesti RahvusringhäälingETV | ETV2 | ETV+
FinlandYLEYLE TV1 | YLE TV2 | YLE Teema & Fem
FranceTDF Group | France TélévisionsFrance 2 | France 3 | France 4 | France 5 | France Info | Radio France France Inter | France Info | France Culture | France Musique | France Bleu | FIP | Le Mouv' France Médias Monde Radio France Internationale | France 24
GambiaGambia Radio & Television Service
GermanyARD — working partnership of German public-service broadcastersWestdeutscher Rundfunk — Cologne | Norddeutscher Rundfunk — Hamburg | Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk — Leipzig | Bayerischer Rundfunk — Munich | Südwestrundfunk — Stuttgart | Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg — Berlin | Hessischer Rundfunk — Frankfurt | Saarländischer Rundfunk — Saarbrücken | Radio Bremen — Bremen | German radio and TV from ARD: each broadcaster has several radio programs, like the biggest one (WDR) more than five "full" radio stations ("1 Live", WDR 2 (pop and info radio), WDR 3 (classical music) ... WDR 5) plus regional radio. WDR produces one TV-programme for its state and contributes to "Das Erste"–TV of ARD and to more TV-channels. | Deutsche Welle — World DW-TV DW (English) DW (Arabia) DW (Español) DW (Deutsch+) DW (Deutsch) | ZDF | Deutschlandradio
GhanaGhana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC)
GibraltarGBC
GuineaRadio Télévision Guinéenne
IcelandRÚV
IndiaPrasar Bharati, DoordarshanAll India Radio | AIR FM Gold (in Metro cities) | AIR FM Rainbow (in Metro cities) | AIR Live News 24x7 (in Metro cities) | AIR Urdu (in Metro cities) | Gyan Vani (in Metro cities) | Raagam (in Metro cities) | Vividh Bharati (in Metro cities) | Doordarshan | DD National | DD News | DD Sports | DD Bharati | DD Kisan | DD Urdu | DD Retro State: DD Assam | DD Bangla | DD Odia | DD Tripura | DD Uttar Pradesh | DD Madhya Pradesh | DD Kashir | DD Girnar | DD Arunprabha | DD Podhigai | DD Malayalam | DD Yadagiri | DD Chandana | DD Sahyadri | DD Punjabi | DD India | Sansad TV
IndonesiaRadio Republik Indonesia (RRI)NHK General TV | NHK Educational TV | NHK BS-1 | NHK BS Premium | NHK BS4K | NHK BS8K | NHK Radio 1 | NHK Radio 2 | NHK FM | NHK World-Japan | NHK World Premium
IrelandRTÉRTÉ One (SD, HD & +1) | RTÉ2 (SD, HD & +1) | RTÉjr (SD) | RTÉ News (SD) | RTÉ Radio 1 | RTÉ 2FM | RTÉ Radio 1 Extra | RTÉ 2XM | RTÉ Lyric FM | RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta | RTÉ Chill | RTÉ Gold | RTÉjr Radio | RTÉ Pulse | TG4
ItalyRAIRai 1 | Rai 2 | Rai 3 | Rai 4 | Rai 5 | Rai Movie | Rai Premium | Rai Gulp | Rai Yoyo | Rai News 24 | Rai Storia | Rai Sport | Rai Scuola | Rai 4K | Rai Italia | Rai World Premium | Rai Südtirol | Rai 3 BIS FJK | RAS
Ivory CoastRadiodiffusion Television IvoirienneLa Première (RTI) | RTI 2 | La 3 | RTI Bouaké | Radio Côte d'Ivoire | Fréquence 2
JamaicaPublic Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica
JapanNHK (日本放送協会/Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai)
LatviaLTVLTV1 | LTV7 | Latvian Radio
LiechtensteinLiechtensteinischer Rundfunk
LithuaniaLRTLRT televizija - General | LRT Plius - Culture, religion and sports | LRT Lituanica - Mix of LRT televizija and LRT Plius programmes | LRT Radijas (Radio station) - General and news | LRT Klasika (Radio station) - Culture and classical music | LRT Opus (Radio station) - Aimed for young people and modern music
LuxembourgRadio 100,7
MoldovaTeleradio-Moldova
MontenegroRTCG
MozambiqueTelevisão de Moçambique
NamibiaNBC
NetherlandsNederlandse Publieke OmroepAVROTROS | BNNVARA | EO | Human | KRO-NCRV | MAX | NOS | NTR | ON! | PowNed | VPRO | WNL | ZWART
New ZealandRNZ, Māori Television, TVNZRNZ National | RNZ Concert | RNZ Pacific | Whakaata Māori | Te Reo | TVNZ 1 | TVNZ 2 | TVNZ Duke | TVNZ 1+1 | TVNZ 2+1 | TVNZ Duke+1 | Channel North Television - Local Network | CUETV - Local Network | Face TV — Auckland Region broadcaster - Local Network | TVHB - Local Network
North MacedoniaMRT
NorwayNRKNRK1 | NRK2 | NRK3 | NRK Super | TV 2 Gruppen TV 2 Direkte | TV 2 Zebra | TV 2 Livsstil | TV 2 Nyheter | TV 2 Sport | TV 2 Sport Premium
PortugalRTPRTP1 | RTP2 | RTP3 | RTP Memória | RTP África | RTP Internacional | RTP Açores | RTP Madeira | RDP Antena 1 | RDP Antena 1 Açores | RDP Antena 1 Madeira | RDP Antena 2 | RDP Antena 3 | RDP Internacional | RDP África
RomaniaTVR (TV network)TVR 1 | TVR 2 | TVR 3 | TVR Info | TVR Cultural | TVRi | TVR Moldova
SamoaSamoa Broadcasting Corporation (SBC)
Sao Tome and PrincipeTVS (São Tomé and Príncipe)
SenegalRadiodiffusion Télévision SénégalaiseRTS1 | RTS2
SeychellesSeychelles Broadcast Corporation
SlovakiaRozhlas a televízia Slovenska:1 Jednotka | :2 Dvojka | :ŠPORT | :24
SloveniaRTVSLOTV SLO 1 | TV SLO 2 | TV SLO 3 | Prvi program | Val 202 | ARS
South AfricaSABC–South AfricaSABC 1 | SABC 2 | SABC 3 | SABC News | SABC Sport | SABC Education | SABC Children | SAfm (English) | 5FM (English) | Metro FM (English) | Radio 2000 (English) | Good Hope FM (English and Afrikaans) | tru fm (English and Xhosa) | RSG (Afrikaans) | Ukhozi FM (Zulu) | Umhlobo Wenene FM (Xhosa) | Thobela FM (Northern Sotho) | Lesedi FM (Sotho) | Motsweding FM (Tswana) | Phalaphala FM (Venda) | Munghana Lonene FM (Tsonga) | Ligwalagwala FM (Swazi) | IKwekwezi FM (Ndebele) | X-K FM (!Xu and Khwe) — These are not official languages but significant communities exist in the Northern Cape Province | Lotus FM — (English and Hindi) — Targeted at the Indian community of South Africa | Channel Africa
South KoreaKorean Broadcasting System (KBS)KBS1 | KBS2 | KBS UHD | KBS Life | KBS Drama | KBS N Sports | KBS Joy | KBS Kids | KBS Story | KBS News D | KBS World | KBS America | KBS World 24 | KBS World Indonesia | KBS World Japan | KBS World Latino | KBS World TV | KBS Radio 1 | KBS Radio 2 | KBS Radio 3 | KBS Classic FM | KBS Cool FM | KBS Hanminjok Radio | KBS World Radio Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) | EBS 1 | EBS 2 | EBS+1 | EBS+2 | EBS English | EBS Kids | EBS FM
SpainRTVELa 1 | La 2 | Canal 24 Horas | Clan TVE | Teledeporte | TVE 4K | TVE Internacional | Star TVE HD | Castilla-La Mancha Media – Castilla–La Mancha | Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals – Catalonia | Corporación Aragonesa de Radio y Televisión – Aragon | Corporación Radio e Televisión de Galicia – Galicia | Corporació Valenciana de Mitjans de Comunicació – Valencia | EITB – Basque Country | Ens Públic de Radiotelevisió de les Illes Balears – Balearic Islands | Radio Televisión Canaria – Canary Islands | Radiotelevisión de la Región de Murcia – Murcia | Radiotelevisión del Principado de Asturias – Asturias | Radio Televisión Madrid – Madrid | Radio y Televisión de Andalucía – Andalusia
SwedenSR – Sveriges Radio | SVT – Sveriges Television | Swedish Educational Broadcasting CompanySVT1 | SVT2 | SVT Barn | SVT24 | Kunskapskanalen
SwitzerlandSRG SSRSRF 1 | SRF zwei | SRF info | RTS Un | RTS Deux | RSI La 1 | RSI La 2 | Televisiun Rumantscha
TaiwanTaiwan Broadcasting System (台灣公共廣播電視集團TBS)
ThailandNational Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT)Radio Thailand | Radio Thailand for Learning and Warning Network (Formerly Known as National Education Radio) | Radio Thailand World Service | NBT Digital 2 HD | NBT Regional 11 (Separate broadcasting on 4 areas but HD only Central Area TV Program Chart) | Royal Thai Army Radio & Television Channel 5 | Channel 7, operated by Bangkok Broadcasting & Television Company Limited (BBTV) | Royal Thai Army Radio Network, all 126 stations | Thai PBS (HD 3) | ALTV (SD 4) | Thai PBS Podcast (Radio Online)
TongaTonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC)
Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago Television
UkrainePublic Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (Suspilne)
United KingdomBBC,BBC Studios, Channel Four Television Corporation | S4C — WalesBBC One | BBC Two | BBC Three | BBC Four | BBC News | BBC Parliament | CBBC | CBeebies | BBC Scotland | BBC Alba | BBC Radio 1 | BBC Radio 2 | BBC Radio 3 | BBC Radio 4 | BBC Radio 5 Live | BBC Radio 1 Dance | BBC Radio 1 Relax | BBC Radio 1Xtra | BBC Radio 4 Extra | BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra | BBC Radio 6 Music | BBC Asian Network | BBC World Service | BBC Radio Scotland | BBC Radio nan Gàidheal | BBC Radio Shetland | BBC Radio Orkney | BBC Radio Wales | BBC Radio Cymru | BBC Radio Ulster | BBC Radio Foyle | BBC Local Radio — 40 stations | BBC News | BBC Kids | BBC Lifestyle | BBC HD | BBC Earth | BBC Brit | BBC First | BBC World Service | BBC Entertainment | BBC America | BBC UKTV | BBC Nordic | UKTV | Channel 4 | Film4 | E4 | More4 | 4Music | 4Seven | E4 Extra | The Box Plus Network | The Box | Kiss | Magic | Kerrang
United StatesVoice of America (1942) | Public Broadcasting Service (TV; 1970) PBS Kids 24/7 (TV; 2017) | National Public Radio (1970) | MHz Networks (TV; 1972) | World (TV; 2005) | Create (TV; 2006) | American Public Media (2004) | Public Radio International (1983) | Public Radio Exchange (2003) | New York Public Radio (1924) | Chicago Public Radio (April 1943) | Pacifica Radio (1949) | Boston Public Radio (1951) | Minnesota Public Radio (1967)
UruguayTelevisión Nacional UruguayUyTV News (cable television only) | Canal 5 de Montevideo, Uruguay | Canal 10 de Salto | Canal 12 de Rocha | Canal 21 de Río Uruguay | Cadena de Radio Nacional del Uruguay | Radio Clásica | Radio Uruguay | Radio Cultura (previously Emisora del Sur) | Babel FM
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Which countries have public broadcasters?

The United Kingdom, Australia, India, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States, South Korea, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Canada, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, and several others have public broadcasters.

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