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The Voice of Vietnam (also Radio the Voice of Vietnam, Vietnamese: Đài Tiếng nói Việt Nam) is the Vietnamese national radio broadcaster.

Voice of Vietnam (VOV)
TypeRadio network
AvailabilityNational, International
OwnerGovernment of Vietnam
Launch date
Official website

The first Vietnamese-language radio transmission was made on 2 September 1945, when the President Ho Chi Minh read out the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

As of 2004, it was estimated that VOV programs reached more than 90% of all households in Vietnam.


Prior to 1945, the Vietnamese were banned from owning radio receivers,[citation needed] and broadcasting was under control of the French colonial government, which established the first radio station in Vietnam, Radio Saigon, in the late 1920s.

Vietnam's national radio station, now called the Voice of Vietnam, started broadcasting from Hanoi just a week after the declaration of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam with the declaration "This is the Voice of Vietnam, broadcasting from Hanoi, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.”[1] During the Vietnam War, Radio Hanoi operated as a propaganda tool of North Vietnam. In August 1968, Voice of Vietnam commenced shortwave broadcasts for Vietnamese living abroad.[1]

South Vietnam set up its own network in Saigon in 1955.

Following Reunification, all of the radio stations were combined into the Voice of Vietnam, which became the national radio station in 1978.


Today, VOV strives to offer diverse, high-quality programming and in every aspect of mass media. It broadcasts on many channels, repeated on Medium wave (MW) AM, FM and shortwave (SW) AM bands throughout Vietnam and the rest of the world.

  • VOV1 (News): On air for 19 hours from 05:00 until 24:00 every day. It provides listeners with the latest information on current affairs, politics, diplomacy, economics, literature and art. The channel simucast VOV3 during downtime.
Callsign Frequency Power Transmitter location
VOV1 AM AM 675 kHz 500 kW My Hao District, Hung Yen Province
VOV1 FM FM 100 MHz 10 kW Hanoi
  • VOV2 (Culture - Society): Broadcasting 19 hours a day, VOV2 provides news and analysis, disseminates public knowledge and features discussions on cultural, literature and art, science-education and spiritual issues.
Callsign Frequency Power Transmitter location
VOV2 AM AM 549 kHz 200~300 kW My Hao District, Hung Yen Province
VOV2 FM FM 96.5 MHz 10 kW Hanoi
  • VOV3 (Music): Broadcasting 24 hours a day to young listeners with a diverse range of tastes and styles. Its first programme was broadcast on 7th September 1990 on 102.7 FM.
  • VOV4 (Ethnic minority language): Programming in 12 minority languages.

Bahnar [Bana, Ba Na] / Edeh [Ede, E De, Rade] / Gia Rai [Giarai, Jarai, Jra] / Hmong / Kohor [Koho, K'Hor] / M'Nong / Sedang [Xedang, Xe Dang] / Thai:
2200-1600 on 6020 kHz & 101.5 MHz for Central Highlands region
Dao, H'mong [Hmong, Ho Mong] and Thai:
2200-2300, 2330-0030, 1130-1400 on 6165 kHz; 0400-0600 on 9850 kHz for Northern Vietnam.
Khmer [Kho Me], Cham and Vietnamese:
2200-2400, 0200-0600, 0730-1330 on 873 kHz & 91.5 MHz for Mekong Delta area.

  • VOV5 - VOV World (Overseas Service): Designed for Vietnamese nationals residing overseas and foreigners around the world. This radio channel is broadcast on short and medium waves in 12 foreign languages.

Foreign language service for listeners in Vietnam. Broadcast in Hanoi on 105.5 MHz and Ho Chi Minh City on 105.7 MHz (advertised frequency for both cities is 105.5 MHz).
Cambodian: 0800-0830
Chinese (Mandarin): 0400-0430, 1100-1130
English: 0030-0130, 0500-0600, 0900-1030, 1200-1300, 1400-1500, 1600-1730
French: 0130-0230, 0600-0700, 1300-1330
German: 0000-0030
Indonesian: 0730-0800
Japanese: 0430-0500, 1330-1400
Lao: 0700-0730
Russian: 0230-0300, 0830-0900
Spanish: 1030-1100
Thai: 1130-1200
Vietnamese: 0300-0400, 1500-1600

  • VOV English 24/7: Especially for programs in English.
  • VOV Transportation (VOV Giao Thông): Broadcast in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City on FM 91 MHz. Rush-hour traffic information during drive-time and interactive contents, phone-in from listeners.
  • Mekong FM: The special edition of "VOV Transportation" for listeners in south-western area.
  • VOV FM 89 (Health - Environment - Food safety): It provides information about people's health, safety in foods and drinks, environment problems.
  • VOV Vietnam Journey (TV Channel): Formerly VOVTV aired 19 hours a day, provides news, music and other life aspects. Since 2019, it become a dedicated travel, culture and information channel.
  • VOV News ( An official website of VOV.
  • VOV newspaper 'The Voice of Vietnam' (Tiếng nói Việt Nam): A printed version with more in-depth contents of VOV.


Power:500kW (1)/200kW (2)
Dong hoi
Power:10kW (Day)/50kW (Night)
Qui nhon
VOV2:740kHz (June:738kHz)
Power:50kW (January)/100kW (June)
Nha trang
Power:50kW (January)/100kW (June)
Dak lak
Power:10kW (January)/100kW (June)
Ho chi minh City
Power:100kW (January)/200kW (June)
Can Tho
Power:500kW (1)/200kW (2)
VOV FS:1242kHz
Power:200kW (TPHCM)/500kW (Can Tho)
Location:TPHCM (747)/Can Tho (873/1242)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Historic Milestones". Radio the Voice of Vietnam website. Radio the Voice of Vietnam. Retrieved 14 April 2012.

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