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|Owned by||Elan Schwarzenberg|
|Picture format||576i (4:3, SDTV)|
|Audience share||6.2% (Dec 2008, )|
|Slogan||Deschide lumea (Open the world)|
National; also distributed in|
Channel 401 (digital with DVR)|
Channel 21 (digital)
Realitatea TV (Romanian pronunciation: [re.aliˈtate̯a teˈve], meaning "The Reality TV") is a Romanian news television network. The channel is distributed by many cable operators in Romania and Moldova. Its main owner is Romanian businessman Elan Schwartzenberg.
Although it began broadcasting in 2001 as a general-profile television, Realitatea TV soon became the first ever 24-hour Romanian news television (2002).
First decade and evolution under Silviu Prigoană and Sorin Ovidiu Vântu
Realitatea TV started broadcasting in 2001, as a general-profile TV station. However, it began broadcasting hourly newscasts and soon changed its format, becoming the first news television in Romania. Prigoană brought Ion Cristoiu to supervise the channel and rise its audience.
In 2004 Silviu Prigoană sold the network to an Italian company that later sold it to Petrom, which subsequently lost it to Sorin Ovidiu Vântu, sometime in 2006. Vântu was occasionally accused of using his television to manipulate public opinion against President Băsescu and his party. Vântu eventually sold Realitatea to Elan Schwarzenberg.