The National Company of Radio and Television (Arabic: الشَرِكَة الوَطَنِيَّة لِلْإِذَاعَة وَالتَلْفَزَة, aš-šarika al-waṭaniyya li-l-ʾiḏāʿa wa-t-talfaza; French: Société nationale de radiodiffusion et de télévision, SNRT; Standard Moroccan Tamazight: ⵜⴰⵎⵙⵙⵓⵔⵜ ⵜⴰⵏⴰⵎⵓⵔⵜ ⵏ ⵓⵏⵣⵡⴰⵢ ⴷ ⵜⵉⵍⵉⴼⵉⵣⵢⵓⵏ, Tamssurt tanamurt uazway d tilifizyun) is the public broadcaster of Morocco.

الشركة الوطنية للإذاعة والتلفزة
Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision
FormerlyMRT (1956–1961), RTM (1961–2006)
Company typeGovernment-owned corporation
IndustryMass media
GenrePublic broadcasting services
Founded15 February 1928; 96 years ago (15 February 1928)
FounderMoroccan Government
Area served
Morocco, Europe, Middle East
Key people
ServicesTelevision, radio, online
OwnerGovernment of Morocco
Number of employees

History edit

It was formerly called Moroccan Radio and Television (RTM) from 1956 and Radiodiffusion-Télévision Marocaine (RTM) from 1961. Radio-Maroc was one of the founding members of the European Broadcasting Union in 1950 and continued as an active member until 1 January 1961 when RTM changed its affiliation to associate membership. In 1969 RTM was readmitted as an active member.

In 2009, the SNRT became a shareholder in Euronews, initially acquiring 0.33% then later expanding its share to 6% in 2011.[1][2]

In 2021, the government announced, via a televised interview with culture minister Othman El Ferdaous, announced that SNRT would be reorganized into a public holding group by 2024, during which it would acquire the part-state-owned 2M and private Medi 1 Radio and Medi 1 TV channels.[3][4] In addition, its Aflam TV channel would be replaced with an "SVOD" video-on-demand platform.[5]

On 12 November 2022, SNRT obtained rights to broadcast ten 2022 FIFA World Cup matches, including those featuring the Moroccan national team.[6][7][8] On 5 November 2023, SNRT obtained rights to broadcast the 2023 CAF Women's Champions League.[9]

Services edit

Television edit

SNRT currently runs eight television channels:

  • Al Aoula (SNRT 1), also called TVM (Télévision marocaine, Arabic: التلفزة المغربية): a generalist channel and the first television channel of SNRT.
  • Arryadia (SNRT 3): a national sports channel.
  • Athaqafia (SNRT 4): an educational and cultural channel.
  • Al Maghribia (SNRT 5): an international satellite TV channel.
  • Assadissa (SNRT 6): a religious services and affairs channel.
  • Aflam TV (SNRT 7): a film channel which is broadcast via DVB-T only.
  • Tamazight TV (SNRT 8): a Berber-language channel.
  • Laayoune TV (SNRT Laayoune): a regional channel targeting audiences in the Southern Provinces.

Pending ownership edit

The following channels are pending acquisition by SNRT as of June 2021:[3][4]

  • 2M (SNRT 2): a semi-public generalist channel.
  • Medi 1 TV: a news channel covering Moroccan and international news. The channel was fully acquired by CDG Invest in anticipation of a legal transfer to SNRT ownership.[10] In May 2023, SNRT proposed an acquisition of 86.3% of its shares.[11]

Radio edit

SNRT currently runs four national radio stations and eleven regional radio stations.[12]

National stations edit

Regional stations edit

Online media edit

SNRT offers an online portal. The website is managed by SNRT's Interactive Media department.

References edit

  1. ^ "La SNRT devient actionnaire de la chaîne d'information en continu Euronews". (in French). Archived from the original on 21 August 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  2. ^ "La SNRT, grand actionnaire d'Euronews". Le Matin (in French). 12 January 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b "La SNRT prend le contrôle de 2M et de Médi1TV, naissance d'un pôle audiovisuel public". Medias24 (in French). 25 May 2021. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Réforme de l'audiovisuel: la SNRT devient une holding et prend le contrôle de 2M et de Medi1 TV". La Vie éco (in French). 25 May 2021. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Médias: restructuration du pôle audiovisuel public". (in French). 27 May 2021. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  6. ^ Kasraoui, Safaa. "World Cup: Morocco's SNRT Obtains Rights to Broadcast National Team's Matches". moroccoworldnews. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  7. ^ "‏التلفزيون المغربي يحصل على حقوق بث 10 مباريات في كأس العالم بقطر 2022". قناة صدى البلد (in Arabic). Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  8. ^ "الشركة الوطنية للإذاعة والتلفزة تحصل على حقوق بث 10 مباريات من "مونديال" قطر". هسبورت (in Arabic). 11 November 2022. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  9. ^ "CAF TV and CAFONLINE to show ALL CAF Women's Champions League matches". CAF. 11 May 2023. Retrieved 5 November 2023.
  10. ^ Goff, Shaquile (17 June 2021). "CDG Invest Takes Ownership of Medi1 TV with MAD 105 Million Buyout". Morocco World News. Denver. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  11. ^ Rahhou, Jihane. "Morocco's SNRT to Acquire 86% Stakes in Medi 1 Radio". moroccoworldnews. Retrieved 14 May 2023.

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