La Sexta (Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈseksta], "The Sixth") is a Spanish free-to-air television channel. It is privately owned and was originally founded on 18 March 2001 as Beca TV that began broadcasting on 1 April 2001, that same year. By 21 July 2003, the channel ran into liquidation and was closed down, but two years later in 2005, it was replaced by a new channel called La Sexta that began test transmissions on 25 November 2005, and a year later, it started broadcasting officially on 27 March 2006. The channel's programming is generalist, however, there is an emphasis on humour and entertainment. The channel is also known for its large quantity of American and sports programming, and in the last years, it's becoming more and more acknowledged due to the wide covering of political events, such as elections, which include extensive debate through 3 key programmes: Al rojo vivo (Red-hot), El objetivo (The lens) and Salvados (Saved). The political alignment of its news and debate programs is left-wing.[1]

La Sexta
Launched1 April 2001 (2001-04-01) (as Beca TV)
25 November 2005 (2005-11-25) (as LaSexta) (test broadcast)
27 March 2006 (2006-03-27) (official broadcast)
Closed21 July 2003 (2003-07-21) (as Beca TV)
Owned byAtresmedia
Picture format100i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share7.7% (march 2015, audiencias lasextra )
Broadcast areaSpain
HeadquartersSan Sebastián de los Reyes and Barcelona
ReplacedBeca TV
Sister channel(s)Antena 3
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 59 (Madrid)
Canal+Channel 6
EuskaltelChannel 6
RChannel 116
TelecableChannel 6
Vodafone TVChannel 6
Movistar TVChannel 6
Orange TVChannel 6
Som TV (Andorra)Channel 116

In 2012 the channel was acquired by Grupo Antena 3, currently named Atresmedia Televisión.[2]


La Sexta programming has included Zapeando, Sé lo que hicisteis..., My Name Is Earl, The Office, Law & Order, The Sopranos, NCIS, The King of Queens, Entourage, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, Futurama, Bones, 30 Rock, The Mentalist, Eleventh Hour, Prison Break and The Walking Dead.


La Sexta currently broadcasts in 16:9 for most programming although they still use 4:3 for a minority of programming including films and older series.


2005 (pre-launch) 2005–2007 2007–2016 Since 2016


LaSexta dates its history back to 2001 when it was originally launched as Beca TV. Upon its launch, it was a television data cast channel provided by Grupo Planeta to digital television viewers in Spain. It was first founded on 18 March 2001, and later, it began broadcasting on 1 April 2001, that same year in Madrid broadcasting 24 hours a day. The channel expanded to fellow Antena 3 stations in Barcelona and Valencia in 2002. Beca TV was modified for state-based programming and program promotions.

Beca TV was shut down on 21 July 2003, replaced by a full-screen simulcast of Antena 3 in preparation for the launch of the new terrestrial television channel in Spain called laSexta.

Two years later, after Beca TV was closed down, it was replaced by a new channel called laSexta. It was first founded as a TV production company on 25 November 2005 when it got its broadcast license. It began testing the broadcast on 12 December, shortly before knowing the analog frequencies assigned to Madrid and Barcelona.

On 23 December, broadcasts started in Madrid and Barcelona, expanding later to all Spain.

Starting 23 January 2006 they began broadcasting a promotional video. 20 February marked the start of content emissions testing. Actual broadcasts started with documentaries (Champions, Natura) and programs dedicated to tuning, like 'Tuning Mania'. From 22 February, La Sexta broadcast twelve hours of programming every day.

On 2 March, a football match between Croatia and Argentina was the occasion for the first live broadcast. Five days before the actual date, José Miguel Contreras announced the official starting date, 27 March, on the 'Círculo de Bellas Artes'.


  1. Paradinas, Marcos (28 August 2012). "El PP asume que la Sexta seguirá siendo una televisión de izquierdas" [PP assumes LaSexta will remain being a left-wing television]. El Plural (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  2. "Fusión entre Antena 3 y La Sexta: línea editorial e informativos independientes" [Fusion between Antena 3 and La Sexta]. 20 Minutos (in Spanish). 8 October 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
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