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Televisión Nacional de Chile

Televisión Nacional de Chile
Launched 24 October 1969 (1969-10-24)[1]
Owned by State of Chile
Slogan Se enciende (It turns on)
Country Chile
Language Spanish
Broadcast area Nationwide (Chile)
Worldwide (via TV Chile)
Headquarters Santiago, Chile
Sister channel(s) TV Chile
Canal 24 Horas (Chile)
Website .cl.tvnwww
VHF Channel 7 (Santiago)

Televisión Nacional de Chile, or TVN (English: National Television of Chile), is Chile's state-owned national broadcaster television station. Its inaugural transmission took place on 24 October 1969. TVN is owned, but not funded, by the state, and it functions independently from it; a very particular case of public television in South America. A board of directors, appointed by the President of the Republic and later ratified by the Senate, oversees control over the station. The distribution of the members of the board tend to coincide with the political composition of the current Congress.


  • Technical details 1
  • Local stations 2
  • Programming 3
  • Soap operas 4
  • Mascots 5
    • Tevito 5.1
  • Miscellaneous 6
  • Controversy 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • Logos 10
  • External links 11

Technical details

TVN sends its feed via a 200+ sender network spanning 98% of Chile. It airs in Santiago on digital frequency channel 33 (ISDB-Tb) for HDTV.

It also operates an international station (TV Chile), that is received via satellite around the world, and a news network station called 24 Horas.

Local stations

TVN broadcasts outside metropolitan area using local repeaters. Each of these repeat national TVN feed, plus, a local newscast, as well as local advertising. These TVN owned stations are:


Buddy Richard with Rafael Araneda in Rojo, Fama Contrafama.

TVN and TV Chile broadcasts 24 hours a day in and offers a mix of news, variety shows and soap operas. Its primetime is dominated by local dramas, telenovelas and local adaptations of American sitcoms. The most important shows currently airing on the network are:

Soap operas

TVN HD (Chile) logo


TVN headquarters in Santiago, Chile.


Tevito was the official mascot of the Chilean state channel Televisión Nacional de Chile during the 1970–1973 socialist government of Salvador Allende.

Tevito was a smiling cartoon dog personified in various ways. Sometimes he was a boxer, sometimes he wore reading glasses, and also disguised himself as a vampire. He played the trutruca, a typical instrument of the Mapuche indigenous people of southern Chile and was an expert cumbia dancer. The character was created by student Carlos González of the Fine Arts Institute in Santiago, Chile, whose drawing won the competition among six other submissions.


TVN is available on satellite and digital cable in over 100 countries worldwide, especially across Latin America and to other Hispanosphere countries like Spain.

Major satellite and cable providers have noted growing demand for TVN to be offered in Canada. TVN is available in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, wherever there are Chilean expatriate communities.

TVN has an affiliation agreement with NBC based in the US and its subsidiary Telemundo, a Spanish-language television network in the United States. TVN airs a small amount of programming from the two networks.

TVN competes well with international channels, esp. from the USA such as CNN, MTV and the "big four" networks like Fox, ABC and CBS (and all its Spanish-language versions) available on satellite in Chile.

TVN was the first Latin American channel to open a channel in YouTube. TVN and TVNMedia is the archive for a total of 40 years of their produced material: programs, logos and bumpers, and TVN official YouTube account downloads actual videos and TVNMedia old ones from 1970s, 1980s and 1990s programming, logos, bumpers, and more.


Although the television channel is declared as pluralistic and independent critics call it a be a pro-government channel shift in its editorial. Thus, during the government of Salvador Allende and the authoritarian military regime of General Augusto Pinochet, Televisión Nacional was considered by critics as a means of propaganda. This is evident, with programmes like "Avanzada cultural anfi-fascista" and the transmission of speech by the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro at the Estadio Nacional during the leftist UP government, and military government as the 60 Minutos news programme, the International Festival Viña del Mar song, Porque Hoy es Sábado and the game matches of Colo Colo football soccer team, among others. Since the restoration of democracy in 1990, critics have dwindled.

See also


  1. ^ "TVN". TV LIVE 32. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 


External links

  • Official site (Spanish)
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