SIC (Portuguese TV channel)

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Sociedade Independente de Comunicação Logo 2018.png
Broadcast areaPortugal
HeadquartersPaço de Arcos, Oeiras, Lisbon
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i for the SDTV feed)
Sister channelsSIC Notícias
SIC Radical
SIC Mulher
SIC Caras
SIC Internacional
SIC Internacional África
Launched6 October 1992; 29 years ago (1992-10-06)
TDTChannel 3 (SD)
Streaming media
SIC Online

SIC (acronym of full name Sociedade Independente de Comunicação) ("Independent Communication Society") is a Portuguese television network and media company, which runs several television channels. Their flagship channel is the eponymous SIC, the third terrestrial television station in Portugal, launched on 6 October 1992. SIC is owned by Impresa, a Portuguese media conglomerate. It is one of the two private free-to-air channels in Portugal, among the seven terrestrial free-to-air channels broadcasting from the country. It too, is the most-watched channel in Portugal from 1995 to 2005, and again from 2019 to today.

Other channels operated by SIC carried on satellite and cable TV in Portugal are:


The first version of SIC's logo, used until 6 October 1997.

The company was first registered in 1987, with Granada Television initially holding a 20% interest, with the rest being owned by Impala, Expresso and Projornal. Brazilian television channel Rede Globo later took over Granada's interest after the latter left the company.

Regular transmissions began on 6 October 1992, becoming the first Portuguese private television channel.[1] Initially broadcasting from studios in Carnaxide, SIC was owned by a consortium led by Francisco Pinto Balsemão, backed by Controljornal, TSF, Rádio Comercial, Lusomundo, Expresso, Impala Editores and Rede Globo.

In its initial years, it acquired a large audience, eventually overtaking RTP1 by 1995. SIC became widely known across Europe for achieving high viewing figures just two to three years after launching, as well as being the subject of an Arte documentary known as Cette Télévision est la Vôtre (This Television is Yours), directed by Mariana Otero.

In 2005, TVI, after recovering from a financial crisis, overtook SIC in the ratings. Aside from RTP1 taking over second place in 2007, 2009 and 2010, for the next fourteen years, SIC would be in second place until overtaking TVI in 2019.

In 2011, Impresa opened SIC's new Porto studios in Matosinhos, on the site of a former slaughterhouse. The studios also holds the newsrooms of Expresso, Visão, the Caras magazine, the web portal and Infoportugal. In 2019, SIC, along with its parent company Impresa, relocated from its studios in Carnaxide to a new building in Paço de Arcos.


Nowadays, SIC has a programming largely based on talk shows, Brazilian soap operas produced by Globo, Portuguese soaps, game shows and sketch shows. Like the other major broadcaster, TVI, SIC airs international TV series such as Criminal Minds, the various CSI series and Entourage always after 1 a.m. SIC also relies largely on Globo productions, due to an exclusivity contract which obligates SIC to broadcast every soap opera produced.[citation needed] In-house productions include occasional reality shows and comedy sketch shows, which include Malucos do Riso, a long-running series with focus on dramatized jokes, and Gato Fedorento.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
06.00 Edição da Manhã - breakfast news show
09.00 Alô Portugal
10.15 Casa Feliz
13.00 Primeiro Jornal - afternoon newscast
14.45 Linha Aberta com Hernâni Carvalho
16.20 Júlia - talk show
18:15 Viver a Vida
20.00 Jornal da Noite - SIC's flagship newscast
21.50 Amor, Amor
22.30 A Serra
23.30 Tempo de Amar
01.00 Various U.S. TV series and Magazines
03.00 'Perfeito Coração' - Portuguese telenovela (rerun)
04.00 Televendas - infomercials
Saturday Sunday
05.55 Etnias Televendas
06.30 Manhãs de Animação - kids block
09.00 Olhó Baião - Talk-show
12.00 Nosso Mundo - documentaries Vida Selvagem
13.00 Primeiro Jornal - SIC's flagship newscast
14.00 Alta Definição Fama Show
14.55 E-Especial
15.35 Various Movies
20.00 Jornal da Noite - SIC's flagship newscast
21.45 Paixão - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera) DivertidaMente
22.30 Espelho d'Água - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera)
23:55 A Força do Querer
00.50 various tv shows/movies
04.00 Televendas


  • Casa Feliz (Happy House)
  • Júlia
  • Episódio Especial (Special Episode)
  • Fama Show (Fame Show)

Family entertainment[edit]

Soap operas[edit]


TV series[edit]


SIC Kids[edit]

In 2006, started to broadcast the block "SIC Kids", broadcasting a few hours later the block "Disney Kids" (the featured, and still features, only Disney programming).

Live shows[edit]

  • Globos de Ouro (Golden Globes)
  • Parabéns, SIC ("Happy Birthday, SIC", literally "Congratulations"—airs when it's SIC's birthday)


Exclusive broadcasting rights[edit]

Co-shared broadcasting rights[edit]


  1. ^ "A Good Impres[a]sion from Portuguese Media" (PDF). Equity Research. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 14 April 2015.

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