|Launched||29 September 2006|
|Owned by||Mediapro (FC Porto)|
|Slogan||O Norte começa aqui (The North begins here)|
Porto Canal (Porto Channel) is a Regional television station private for Greater Porto and Northern Portugal based in Matosinhos. Launched on September 29, 2006, it is the third regional network launched in the region, but only another network is on air (Região Norte TV), due to the transformation of former NTV (from Porto TV, based in Vila Nova de Gaia) into RTPN, Radiotelevisão Portuguesa's news channel.
In July 2010, Porto Canal launched three new delegations in Mirandela, Arcos de Valdevez and Penafiel, and in the beginning of 2011, three more in Guimarães, Braga and Vila Real, thus covering all of northern Portugal.
On 4 March 2011, Porto Canal announced a partnership with Portuguese sports club F.C. Porto. On 1 August 2011, F.C. Porto assumed the management of Porto Canal, launching two new F.C. Porto related programs, Flash Porto and Somos Porto. Porto Canal also broadcasts live full matches of the F.C. Porto teams of football (only FC Porto B home games), basketball, handball and roller hockey.
In terms of content the channel airs generalist and regional programming. It focuses primarily on news of the northern region of Portugal, having also many diverse programs.
Since the partnership with FC Porto, it has programs like Flash Porto or 45 Minutos à Porto that broadcast club-related news and information.
Major programs (non-sports)
Sports programs (FC Porto)
Personnel of Porto Canal
- Júlio Magalhães
- Director of information and programming
- Domingos de Andrade
- Director of FC Porto contents
- Rui Cerqueira
- Managing editor
- Vanda Balieiro
- Program coordinator
- Mafalda Campos
- Production coordinator
- Fátima Ribeiro de Almeida
- Ana Rita Basto
- Ana Guedes Rodrigues
- Cláudia Fonseca
- Pedro Carvalho da Silva
- Carla Ascenção
- Online editor
- André Arantes
- "Porto Canal vai passar a ser o Canal do Norte". Jornal de Notícias. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2014. (Portuguese)
- "Nem tudo é azul e branco no canal de TV do FC Porto". Público. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2014. (Portuguese)