Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation
|Owner||King of Bahrain|
Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation (BRTC) is a public broadcaster in Bahrain with headquarters in Manama. The BRTC is owned by the government of Bahrain, and under the control of the Information Affairs Authority.
BRTC was set up in 1971, and became an independent body in January 1993. The corporation regulates visual and audio broadcasting in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It broadcasts programs in both Arabic and English.
Radio Bahrain was established in 1955, was taken over by BRTC in 1971, and became an independent body in 1993. Its English-language radio service has been on-air since 1977, broadcasting four hours a day from a studio in Isa Town. In 1982 the station was moved to a building in Adliya. On-air time was extended to 18 hours a day. A second station, Radio 2, began broadcasting 6 hours a day. In 1989 a new studio was established in the Ministry of Information building, and the following year the station went 24 hours. In 2007 Radio Bahrain switched its frequency from 101.0FM to 99.5FM.
Bahrain TV was formed in 1973 and has produced many Bahraini-created and produced shows, the most prominent being youth shows such as Chat with Batelco, and Hala Bahrain. Bahrain TV was criticized for the way it handled the 2011 Bahrain uprising, during which it ran a campaign to name, punish and shame those who took part in the uprising.
- Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation website (Under Renovation)