La 1 (Spanish TV channel)

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La 1 (Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈuno], The One) is a Spanish free-to-air television channel owned and operated by Televisión Española (TVE), the television division of state-owned public broadcaster Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE). It is the corporation's flagship television channel, and is known for broadcasting mainstream and generalist programming, including Telediario news bulletins, prime time drama, cinema and entertainment, and major breaking news, sports and special events.

La 1
Logo TVE-1.svg
Broadcast areaNationwide, Andorra also parts of France and Portugal
HeadquartersPrado del Rey, Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Sister channelsLa 2
TVE Internacional
Launched28 October 1956; 66 years ago (1956-10-28)
Former names
  • TVE (1956–65)
  • TVE-VHF (1965–66)
  • Primera Cadena (1966–76)
  • TVE 1 (1976–91)
  • La Primera (1991–2007)
Digital terrestrial televisionSpain: Depends on each province
Andorra: 45


It was launched on 28 October 1956 as the first regular television service in Spain. It was the only one until 15 November 1966, when TVE launched a second channel. As TVE held a monopoly on television broadcasting in the country, they were the only television channels until the first regional public television station was launched on 16 February 1983, when Euskal Telebista started broadcasting in the Basque Country. Commercial television was launched on 25 January 1990, when Antena 3 started broadcasting nationwide.

The channel was initially simply referred to as "Televisión Española" until the launch of its second channel in 1966. Since then it received other names, such as "Primera Cadena", "Primer Programa", "TVE-1", "TVE1" or "La Primera" until it adopted its current name "La 1" (La uno) in 2008. Its headquarters and main production centre is Prado del Rey in Pozuelo de Alarcón. Although almost all its programming is in Spanish and is the same for all of Spain, TVE has territorial centres in every autonomous community and produces and broadcasts some local programming in regional variations in each of them, such as local news bulletins, in the corresponding co-official language.[1]

On 1 January 2010, TVE stopped broadcasting commercial advertising on all its channels, with only self promotions, institutional campaigns and sponsorships allowed.[2]

With analog service discontinued on 3 April 2010, it have only been available free-to-air through the digital terrestrial television (DTT) ever since. La 1 and Teledeporte started its DDT HD resolution simulcasts on 31 December 2013, initially in 720p and later in 1080i.[3]

Logos and identitiesEdit


  1. ^ "TVE Activities". RTVE. 14 December 2020.
  2. ^ G. Gómez, Rosario (16 July 2009). "TVE dejará de emitir publicidad en 2010". El País (in Spanish). Madrid: Prisa. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Televisión Española comienza el año 2014 en Alta Definición". RTVE (in Spanish). 30 December 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ Although the official one changed in 1992, this logo continued to be used as the channel bug until 2003.
  5. ^ The channel bug had the TVE branding at the bottom and three-dimensional effects.

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