Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation

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Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation
TypeBroadcast television network
FoundedEthiopian Empire
by Habte Giyorgis
SloganThe Voice of Diversity
ETV News HD: 14%

ETV Entertainment HD: 7%

ETV Languages HD: < 1%

ETV Sports UHD:<1

ETV North HD:<1

ETV South HD:<1

ETV West HD:<1

ETV East HD:<1

ETV representative:<3
Broadcast area
OwnerEthiopian Government
Launch date
May 10, 1921
Former names
News and documentaries
ETV Entertainment HD
ETV Language HD
Programs with various languages
ETV sports UHD
Eastern news
GroupEthiopian broadcast organization
Official website

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) is an Ethiopian public service broadcaster. It is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and it is the country's oldest and largest broadcaster.

The EBC was established by the order of Emperor Haile Selassie and initially operated by a British firm, Thomson. It's 100% owned by the Ethiopian government. Its programming includes news, sport, music and other entertainment. A majority of the programming is broadcast in Amharic, the official federal language of the government of Ethiopia. In addition some news segments are broadcast in other languages such as Afaan Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya, Qafaraf, Harari, as well as English.[1]

EBC has entertainment programs like 'Ethiopian Idol,' which features similar content to American talent show American Idol. In recent years ETV has transmitted a few matches per week from some European Football Leagues (2007 Spanish La Liga, 2008 English Premier League), plus some international matches. EBC transmits its programmes on 4 satellite stations.


Ethiopian Television was initially established during Haile Selassie reign era with assistance from the British firm, Thomson. It was created to highlight the Organization of African Unity (OAU) meeting that took place in Addis Ababa that same year. Color television broadcast began in 1964 in commemoration of the founding of Workers' Party of Ethiopia (WPE).[2] The current structure and goals of were established 1987 with Proclamation 114/87.[1] In 2014, the channel changed its name from ETV to EBC, also changing its logo in the process. In 2015, EBC and other regional channels upgraded their news studios with more modern equipment. In March 2018, EBC's logo was transferred to etv and made a new transmission of frequency and sister's channel contents and its now broadcasting on Ethiosat/Nilesat..

TV Channels[edit]

ETV News HD[edit]

ETV News (etv ዜና) is the main news channel with 24 hours coverage, with content on culture, politics, documentaries, and economy. Broadcast mostly in Amharic with the exception of some news segments which are broadcast in other languages.

ETV Languages HD[edit]

ETV Languages is a channel which focuses on news in the varies languages of Ethiopia along with 3 international languages.

ETV Entertainment HD[edit]

ETV Entertainment (etv መዝናኛ) is a channel which focuses on dramas, as well as lifestyle programming. The channel is most known for broadcasting Ethiopia's first family sitcom, Betoch. This channel also airs a lot of popular foreign content including soap operas and Hollywood films.

ETV Sport UHD[edit]

ETV Sport only focuses on sport related activities like English primer league,European leagues and ethiopian leagues and many other sports game in the world.

ETV East HD[edit]

ETV East is a Channel that focuses news,sports,entertainment and documentary for viewers in eastern parts of ethiopia.

ETV West HD[edit]

ETV East is a Channel that focuses news,sports,entertainment and documentary for viewers in western parts of ethiopia.

ETV North HD[edit]

ETV East is a Channel that focuses news,sports,entertainment and documentary for viewers in Northern parts of ethiopia.

ETV South HD[edit]

ETV East is a Channel that focuses news,sports,entertainment and documentary for viewers in southern parts of ethiopia.

ETV representative HD[edit]

ETV representative is a channel that focuses on Parliament news and live stream.

Radio stations[edit]

  • Ethiopian National Radio 93.1
  • FM Addis 97.1
  • ebc fm 104.3

Ethiopian Government-owned media organizations[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency, ERTA website (accessed 24 May 2009)
  2. ^ African Media Development Initiative: Ethiopia, p. 20 (accessed 24 May 2009)

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