Television in Trinidad and Tobago
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (June 2012)
Television in Trinidad and Tobago was introduced in 1962 beginning with Trinidad & Tobago Television. TTT was the sole television station for 29 years being operated by the state until the first independently operated television station, the Caribbean Communications Network, CCN TV6 was launched in 1991 breaking the television monopoly market. In 1992, a second independently operated station, AVM Television was launched. The first independently operated cable station, The Trinity Network (TTN) now Trinity TV began operations in 1993 broadcasting on weekends only.
AVM Television was acquired by the state in 1997 and renamed The Information Channel (TIC) until it was leased by the National Carnival Commission in 2005 and re-branded NCC4. Once the lease ended in 2011, the state began controlling the station once more under the Government Information Services Limited (GISL TV4).
TTT was shut down by the state on 14th January 2005 due to financial difficulties. In its place a new state entity was created, the Caribbean News Media Group (CNMG), where C Television (CTV) began broadcasting in 2006. Since the closure of TTT, new independently operated stations were launched, the most notable being the Cable News Channel 3 or CNC3.
Broadcast networks in Trinidad and Tobago can be divided into three categories:
- Commercial broadcasting networks (which air English-language programming to a general audience). Example: CNC3
- Educational and other non-commercial broadcasting member stations (which air English- and some foreign-language television programming, intended to be educational television or otherwise of a sort not found on commercial television). Example: The Parliament Channel
- Religious broadcasting networks. Example: IBN
Table of broadcast networks
All of the networks listed below air on cable and satellite services.
|Television Network||Founded||Genre/Subject||Terrestrial||Cable (Flow Trinidad)||IPTV (Blink TV)||Digicel Play||Satellite (Green Dot)||Satellite (DirecTV)|
|ACTS25||15th August 2006||Christianity||25||9||112||10||Yes||No|
|C TV||5th June 2006||Commercial||9, 13 & 20||6||102||7||Yes||No|
|CCN TV6||31st August 1991||Commercial||6, 18 & 19||5||100||6||Yes||130|
|CNC3||26 September 2005||Commercial||12 &14||3||104||5||Yes||131|
|Darut Tarbiyah - The Islamic Network (T.I.N.)||2006||Islam||No||96||115||18||10||No|
|Gayelle||16th February 2004||Community||No||7||No||No||No||No|
|GISL TV4||2011||Educational and Cultural||4 & 16||4||103||4||No||No|
|ieTV Channel 1||2004||Indian Culture||No||1||116||9||No||No|
|Islamic Broadcast Network||28th October 2005.||Islam||No||8||114||18||Yes||No|
|Jaagriti TV||February 2015||Hinduism||No||90||113||15||9||No|
|Synergy TV||March 2003||Music and Pop culture||33||15||108||16||Yes||No|
|The Parliament Channel (Trinidad and Tobago)||18th August 2006||Public Affairs||11, 26 & 29||11||No||11||No||No|
|Tobago Channel 5||2001||Community||5 (Tobago Only)||No||No||No||No||No|
|Trinity TV||1993||Roman Catholic||No||10||111||12||No||No|
|WI Sports||1st April 2010||Sport||No||14||No||13||No||No|
- Government Information Services Limited (GISL TV4) - Formerly AVM/TIC/NCC - State owned community and cultural station.
- Guardian Media Limited - CNC3 Television (CNC3) - National television station.
- The Caribbean Communications Network Limited (CCN TV6) - A national television station owned by OCM Ltd, publishers of the Barbados Nation and the Trinidad Express.
- Caribbean New Media Group Limited - CTV - (Formerly TTT) - State owned national station.
- Advance Community Television Station (ACTS25) - A religious community station serving the city of San Fernando.
- Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - (The Parliament Channel) - Broadcasts proceedings of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.
- Tobago Channel 5 – Airs Tobago based programming - Broadcasts in Tobago only.
Non-Commercial Television Networks
- GISL TV4 - Formerly AVM/TIC/NCC - State owned community and cultural station.
- The Parliament Channel - Broadcasts proceedings of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.
Cable-Only Television Stations
- Darut Tarbiyah - The Islamic Network (TIN) – Broadcasts Islamic Programming.
- Gayelle Television (Gayelle) - Broadcasts local and cultural programming.
- Jaagriti TV - Broadcasts Hindu programming.
- i.e. Television Channel 1 (ieTV Channel 1) – Broadcasts local and East Indian programming.
- Islamic Broadcasting Network (IBN 8) – Broadcasts community and Islamic programming.
- Sankhya Television Ltd - Broadcasts Hindu programming.
- Synergy Entertainment Network Television (Synergy TV) - Music channel featuring local and Caribbean artistes and original programming.
- Trinity Communications Network (Trinity TV) - Formerly The Trinity Network (TTN) - Broadcasts Roman Catholic programming.
- WI Sports – Broadcasts local sports. Owned by Flow Trinidad.
- Blink TV (Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited) – National
- Digicel Play - National
- DirecTV Limited – National
- Flow Trinidad (Columbus Communications Limited) (Flow) – Trinidad only
- Green Dot Limited – National
- Massy Communications - National
- Independent Cable Network of Trinidad and Tobago (ICNTT) – Major Territorial Network
- TRICO Industries Limited – Minor Territorial (Tobago only)
- Air Link Communications – Niche – Princes Town and Environs
- Mayaro Cable Television (MCTV) – Niche – Mayaro and Guayaguayare
- RVR International Limited – Niche – Princes Town and Rio Claro
Defunct Television Networks
- TTT (Channels 2 & 13) - (1962-2005) - State owned television station.
- TTT (Channels 9 & 14) - (1983-1990) - State owned television station.
- AVM Television (Channels 4 & 16) - (1992-1996) - Privately owned television station.
- Caribbean Video Network (CVN) - (1996-2002) - Privately owned cable television network based in Tobago.
- SUN TV - (1996-1998) - Privately owned cable television network.
- West Indian Network (WIN TV) - (2007-2016) - Privately owned cable and over-the-air television station.