San Marino RTV
|Type||Broadcast radio, television and online|
– Southern Veneto,
– Northern Marche,
– Northern Tuscany,
– Southeastern Lombardy,
– Northern Umbria,
– Eastern Genoa,
– Southeastern Piedmont
|Owner||50% RAI |
San Marino RTV currently operates four television channels: San Marino RTV, San Marino RTV 2, San Marino RTV Sport and San Marino RTV Sat. It currently operates two radio stations, Radio San Marino and Radio San Marino Classic.
Experimental radio broadcasts began on 27 December 1992. On 28 February 1993, Radio San Marino was launched broadcasting 24 hours a day.
Experimental television began on 24 April 1993. On 28 February 1994 a regular television service was launched, broadcasting from 10am to 2am.
In July 1995, San Marino RTV became a full member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), making able to broadcast and participate in EBU events.
In 2007, San Marino RTV began interests in entering the Eurovision Song Contest, On 27 November 2007, it was announced that RTV San Marino would enter the 2008 edition, in Belgrade, Serbia, despite the fact that RAI (that withdrew from 1997) owns of 50% of the station. It withdrew for 2 years due to finance problems, but both it and RAI returned in 2011, meaning San Marino and –for the first time in 14 years– Italy took part in the 2011 contest. The small republic reached its first final in 2014.
In 2011, San Marino tried to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, but they withdrew in October that year. On 25 October 2013, it was announced that San Marino would make their debut at the 2013 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. San Marino was once again present at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, having signed the appropriate documentation.