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Launched 7 March 1957; 57 years ago (1957-03-07)
Owned by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal
Picture format Resolution:
576i (SD)
1080i (HD)
Aspect Ratio:
Audience share 16.5% (Week 10 '14, [1])
Slogan Portugal sempre ligado. Portugal always connected.
Country Portugal
Broadcast area Portugal
Headquarters Lisbon
Formerly called RTP (March 7, 1957 − December 24, 1968)
RTP Canal 1 (1989 − April 29, 1996)
Sister channel(s) RTP2
RTP Informação
RTP Memória
Website www.rtp.pt/rtp1
Digital Channel 1
NOS Channel 1
MEO Channel 1
NOS Channel 1
Cabovisão Channel 1
MEO Channel 1
Vodafone Channel 1

RTP1 is the main television channel of Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, the Portuguese public broadcasting corporation. Portugal's first channel, RTP1 was launched in 1957 as RTP (and today it is still sometimes marketed as such). For a brief period it was known and marketed as Canal 1 (Channel 1); it is still commonly called this. It is one of the most watched television networks in the country. The channel became a 24-hour service in 2002, although it now leases its graveyard slot (3am to 6am) to the infomercial producer and direct-response marketer, A Loja Em Casa (in turn owned by El Corte Inglés).

RTP1 has a variety of programs, composed mainly of news and talk-shows, sports, current affairs, national and international fiction, such as films and TV series. Unlike sister channel RTP2, RTP1 broadcasts commercial advertising, which, along with government grants, finances the channel.


RTP1's new ident collection, in use since 01-14-2013. Clockwise, this screenshot features: one of several idents directly showcasing villages and monuments, one of several ad-break idents featuring several locales in Portugal "connected" one to another, one of several PSA idents, an example for news and current affairs programming promos, an example of how the age rating (and some more information) could be displayed before a program starts (never used on air), an example for entertainment programming promos, one of several idents depicting Portuguese youth ("a new Portuguese generation"), and one of several timelapse idents showcasing several famous Portuguese locales.
RTP1 as RTP Canal 1 (1989-1990)
RTP1's former logo (2002-2004)

RTP1's logotype has been changed various times over the years. In 1989, RTP1 was renamed Canal 1, and in 1990, a permanent, opaque and coloured DOG "C·1" was introduced in the upper-right corner of the channel until September 1991, when a smaller "C·1" was placed on the upper-left corner. The logotype consisted of blue, 3D characters with a golden armillary sphere inside the "C". Most Canal 1 idents were CGI, accompanied by a voice-over chorus singing the name of the channel, and featured several motifs in a short space of time, such as British and American skylines, playing cards, roulettes, riots and astronauts.

On April 29, 1996, Canal 1 was again renamed RTP1, and the new logotype consisted of a white "1" in a light blue background, with the letters "RTP" underneath in white, overlaid in a dark blue background. RTP1 idents consisted mainly on a tridimensional representation of the logo in a blue moving curtain background, with the channel tune played in piano and organ as the background music.

In 1999, RTP1 debuted a new ident collection, along with its sister channel, RTP2, that featured several motifs such as eyes, or Christmas ornaments during the Holiday season. This lasted until 2001, when a new identity, featuring a single ident was used, until 2002.

In January 2002, RTP1's logo changed again, and with that, a new ident collection was created. This one featured idents where the logo was formed from snow, fire and sand. This collection lasted until early 2003, when then, it was replaced by a single ident, that features the channel's logo on a light blue background.

From the rebranding on March 7, 2004 until early 2009, RTP1 only used one ident at any period of time, instead of having a collection of idents (like its sister channel RTP2, for example). From 2004 to 2007, the single ident was the RTP corporate logo moving around a dark blue background which would at a given time "sit" at the proper background. In 2007, for the RTP's television department 50th anniversary, this was changed to a single ident that featured a few RTP-styled ribbons that would then give place to the RTP1 logo.

On January 7, 2009, the channel changed its identity again. Being the first true ident collection since 2003, it was composed with a variety of short animated films reproduced inside the RTP logo on a black or white background. This lasted until mid-September 2011.

From mid-September 2011 until January 14, 2013, the ident collection featured idents with the logo of RTP being formed by blocks side by side, while showcasing several elements of a specific year season.

On 14 January, 2013, RTP1 was given a new rebranding. The 2004 logo was maintained, but a new collection of idents, featuring Portuguese locales and youth, was introduced. The rebrand also repositioned RTP1 as a channel for Portuguese-produced content, featuring new infotainment and documentary shows, as well as brand new sitcoms and drama shows. This rebrand also included a full conversion to the 16:9 aspect ratio (just like its sister channel, RTP2), as opposed to the 4:3, which was widely used until the 14th of January, 2013. As of January 6, 2014, RTP Internacional's graphics are the same but with its logo.



  • Bom Dia Portugal
  • Telejornal
  • Jornal da Tarde
  • Portugal em Direto
  • Especial Informação
  • Sexta às 9
  • Prós e Contras

Variety shows[edit]

  • Praça Da Alegria - a daily variety talk-show broadcast on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. It targets the more elderly and illiterate part of the population, with human interest stories, although in the past it also featured performances by pimba musicians and redneck comedy skits, which were dropped recently. It is broadcast continuously since 1995. Does not broadcast in summer.
  • Portugal no Coração - another daily variety talk-show also broadcast on weekdays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Also features interviews, live performances and human interest stories, but with a broader target and appeal. These two talk-shows are often criticized for their long running time, less educated target demographics and for competing with other private television stations with the same format, at the same times of the day. Does not broadcast in summer.
  • Aqui Portugal
  • Verão Total - is a Summer show used to fill in for "Praça da Alegria", "Portugal no Coração". The show is broadcast from a different town every day.

TV series[edit]




Game shows[edit]

Late-night talk shows[edit]


Documentaries or infotainment[edit]

  • BBC documentaries broadcast under the "BBC Terra" slot.
  • A Guerra
  • Construtores de Impérios
  • Portugueses pelo Mundo
  • Quem É Que Tu Pensas Que És? (Portuguese adaptation of the British genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?)
  • Não Me Sais da Cabeça
  • Conta-me História
  • Portugal de...HD


HD - Programming that is or will be broadcast in HD.

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