TDM (Macau)

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TDM - Teledifusão de Macau, S. A. (TDM; Chinese: 澳門廣播電視股份有限公司; English: Macau Broadcasting Television Co., Ltd) provides public broadcasting services in Macau. By running five digital terrestrial television channels, one satellite television channel and two radio channels, TDM provides local audiences with a wide range of content in Macau's two official languages, Chinese (Cantonese) and Portuguese, as well as having time-slots for English as well as Indonesian and Tagalog, which reflects the multicultural nature of the city, with 95 percent of the population being Chinese and five percent made up of Portuguese and other ethnic groups.

TDM - Teledifusão de Macau, S. A.
TypeTV and Radio (Public Service Broadcast)
Launch date
26 March 1982 (TV Broadcast on 13 May 1984)[1]
Official website Edit this at Wikidata
TDM - Teledifusão de Macau, S. A.
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese澳門廣播電視股份有限公司
Simplified Chinese澳门广播电视股份有限公司
Portuguese name
PortugueseTeledifusão de Macau, S. A.

In the new media era, TDM has extended its services by developing multimedia platforms, including the official website (, mobile app (TDM App), social media and content-sharing platforms, allowing local and international audience instant access to information about Macau.

TDM transmits eight television channels from mainland China locally, including CCTV-1, CCTV-13, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, Strait Television, Hunan TV World, Southeast Television, and GDTV World.

History edit

TDM was founded by the colonial Portuguese government in 1982, and as a public company, would first begin evening television broadcasts on May 13, 1984, offering a mix of Portuguese and Cantonese programming between 18:00 and 23:00. It was the first television company to be founded in Macau, with news only being reported via radio broadcasts on stations such as Rádio Macau before they were absorbed into TDM.

The company was sold for 50 million patacas into a public-private partnership in 1988 following corruption scandals and major financial losses of up to 90 to 100 million patacas a year. In 1990, the Portuguese and Cantonese television operations were split into separate channels.[2]

TDM ceased analogue transmission from 00:00 on 30 June 2023.[3]

2021 broadcasting rules controversy edit

On March 10, 2021, in light of recent protests in neighbouring Hong Kong which were followed by the passage of national security legislation, TDM executives addressed the company on new broadcasting rules requiring the company to promote "patriotism, respect and love" for mainland China and withhold reports critical of the Chinese government. Several journalists have resigned from the broadcaster as a result of this conflict, with local journalist unions criticizing the rules as a breach of press freedom. Subsequently, the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva warned them that press freedom is a part of Macao Basic Law, stating that the Portuguese government expects the law to be followed. Chief Executive of Macau Ho Iat-seng denied that press freedom restrictions were being imposed. Following the criticism, TDM's executives stated they would continue to follow their current editorial policy.[4][5]

Channels edit

Ch № Channel Channel content Transmission Launch Date Website

Local channels edit

91 TDM Ou Mun Free-to-air in Cantonese, first broadcasting channel of TDM Digital 17 September 1990 Website
92 Canal Macau Free-to-air in Portuguese and English Digital 17 September 1990 Website
93 TDM Sport Sports programs Digital 9 October 2009 Website
94 TDM Information News and financial information programs Digital 3 September 2012 Website
95 TDM Entertainment Digital 15 July 2008 Website
96 TDM Macau World International channel Satellite 1 October 2009 Website

Mainland channels edit

71 CCTV-1 Transmission of CCTV-1 Digital 20 December 2016 Website
72 CCTV-13 Live broadcast of CCTV-13 Digital 1 October 2009 Website
73 CGTN Live broadcast of CGTN Digital 15 July 2010 Website
74 CGTN Documentary Live broadcast of CGTN Documentary Digital 1 November 2011 Website
75 Strait Television Live broadcast of FMG Digital 1 April 2011 Website
76 Hunan TV World Live broadcast of HBS Digital 15 July 2010 Website
77 Southeast Television Live broadcast of FMG Digital 20 December 2017 Website
78 GDTV World Live broadcast of GRT Digital 8 February 2018 Website

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Macau, Richard L. Edmonds, Clio Press, 1989, page xlix
  2. ^ "A Brief History of TDM: Teledifusão de Macau". Macau Lifestyle. Macau Lifestyle Media. October 30, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  3. ^ "TDM Switches Off Its Analogue TV Transmission System". TDM. 2023-06-25. Archived from the original on 2023-07-19. Retrieved 2023-07-19.
  4. ^ "Portugal expects China to respect press freedom in Macao". Macao News. Macau. 24 March 2021. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  5. ^ Jim, Clare; Master, Farah (8 April 2021). "Press freedom in Macau's gambling hub under spotlight as China ramps up scrutiny". Reuters.

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