Rai 3 (until May 2010 known as Rai Tre) is an Italian free-to-air television channel owned by State broadcaster RAI. It was launched on 15 December 1979 and its programming is centred towards cultural and regional programming. It has always been considered the most left-leaning channel of Italian public television.

Rai 3
Rai 3 - Logo 2016.svg
Launched15 December 1979; 40 years ago (1979-12-15)
Owned byRAI
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share7.08% (May 2014, [1])
HeadquartersRome, Italy
Formerly calledRete 3 (1979-1982)
Rai Tre (1982–2010)
Sister channel(s)Rai 1
Rai 2
Rai 4
Rai 5
Rai Gulp
Rai Movie
Rai News24
Rai Premium
Rai Scuola
Rai Sport
Rai Storia
Rai Yoyo
Rai Ladinia
Rai Südtirol
Rai Italia
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 3 (SD)
Channel 503 (HD)
Hot Bird 13°E (Europe, Middle East & North Africa)10992 V 27500 2/3 (SD)
Sky ItaliaChannel 103 (SD)
TivùsatChannel 3 (SD)
Channel 103 (HD)
NOVA GreeceChannel 856
MC CableChannel 203
CablecomChannel 95
Channel 204
NumericableChannel 78
Ziggo (Netherlands)TV Italiana Ziggo App Channel 4
Kabel Deutschland (Germany)Channel 868 (SD)
Nowo (Portugal)Channel 79
A1 TV (Austria)Channel 103 (SD) Channel 300 (city hall)
Telekom Entertain (Germany)Channel 383 (SD)
Channel 950 (HD)
Streaming media
RaiPlayLive streaming

Foreign language programmingEdit

In the Aosta Valley, Rai 3 broadcasts some programmes in French language, albeit less than three hours a week.[2]

In the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region, Rai Sudtirol timeshares broadcast hours with Rai 3 when not broadcasting..

In Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, Rai 3 Bis (TDD Furlanija Julijska Krajina) is a separate channel which broadcast daily from 18:40 with a half-hour daily newscast in Slovene language, and other shows in Slovene.[3][4] In accordance with a bilateral cooperation agreement between Italy and Slovenia, Slovene-language shows produced by Rai 3 Bis are also aired on the Slovenian regional television channel TV Koper-Capodistria and on State-owned TV Slovenija 2.


A few shows include:


  1. ^ "Sintesi Mensile di Trieste la radiotelevisvi é Sintesi Mensile 1A" (PDF). Auditel. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  2. ^ [1] (in Italian and French)
  3. ^ Rai Furlanija Julijska Krajina (in Slovene)
  4. ^ [2] (in Italian)

Further readingEdit

  • Delio De Martino, Per una storia di Raitre. Premessa di Raffaele Nigro, Bari, Levante Editori, 2009, ISBN 978-88-7949-531-8.

External linksEdit