Voice of Vietnam
|Owner||Government 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, 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 the just a week after 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.” 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.
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 - Politics - General): 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.
- VOV2 (Culture - Life - Science and Education): 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.
- VOV3 (Music - Information - Entertainment): 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.
- VOV4 (Ethnic minority language): Programming in 12 minority languages.
- 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.
- VOV English 24/7: Especially for programs in English.
- VOV Transportation (VOV GT): Broadcast in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Rush-hour traffic information and contents to connect with 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 TV (TV Channel): Broadcast 19 hours a day, provides news, music and other life aspects.
- VOV News (vov.vn): 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.
- "Historic Milestones". Radio the Voice of Vietnam website. Radio the Voice of Vietnam. Retrieved 14 April 2012.