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Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) (pronounced [ˈriːcɪsˌuːtvar̥pɪð] or [ˈruːv]) (English: 'The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service') is Iceland's national public-service broadcasting organization. Operating from studios in the country's capital, Reykjavík, as well as regional centres around the country, the service broadcasts a variety of general programming to a wide national audience via two radio channels, Rás 1
Rás 1
and Rás 2, and one full-time television channel. There is also a supplementary, part-time TV channel, RÚV
RÚV
2, which transmits live coverage of major cultural and sporting events, both domestic and foreign, as required. RÚV
RÚV
began radio broadcasting in 1930 and its first television transmissions were made in 1966. In both cases coverage quickly reached nearly every household in Iceland. RÚV
RÚV
is funded by a broadcast receiving licence fee collected from every income tax payer, as well as from a limited amount of on-air advertising. RÚV
RÚV
has been a full active member of the European Broadcasting Union
European Broadcasting Union
since 1956. Since 1986, the year in which its monopoly as the only permitted domestic broadcaster ended, RÚV
RÚV
has faced competition from a number of private broadcasting companies, most notably the 365 corporation. On 31 March 2011, RÚV
RÚV
introduced a major re-branding of its stations, with new logos and a visual overhaul of its television channel.[1]

Contents

1 Programming 2 Special
Special
services 3 RÚV's broadcasting channels

3.1 Television 3.2 Radio

4 Transmitters 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Programming[edit]

RÚV
RÚV
headquarters in Reykjavík.

RÚV
RÚV
– which by the terms of its charter is obliged to "promote the Icelandic language, Icelandic history, and Iceland's cultural heritage" and "honour basic democratic rules, human rights, and the freedom of speech and opinion"[2] – carries a substantial amount of arts, media, and current affairs programming, in addition to which it also supplies general entertainment in the form of feature films and such internationally popular television drama series as Lost and Desperate Housewives. RÚV's lineup also includes sports coverage, documentaries, domestically produced entertainment shows, and children's programming. The RÚV
RÚV
newsroom, providing news for both television and radio, is amongst the most time-honoured and respected in Iceland. On weekdays the Rás 2
Rás 2
radio network includes 35 minutes of regional opt-outs for local news coverage. Gettu betur
Gettu betur
is a popular annual quiz tournament pitting teams from senior secondary schools around Iceland
Iceland
against each other in five rounds which are broadcast on radio and TV. Also popular viewing is the Eurovision Song Contest, to which RÚV
RÚV
has sent participants on Iceland's behalf since 1986. In sports, RÚV
RÚV
traditionally carries live coverage of such major events as the Olympic Games
Olympic Games
and the FIFA World Cup, although it lost the right to broadcast the 2006 World Cup, having been outbid by commercial broadcaster 365 in 2002. It did, however, show the 2010 World Cup tournament. Special
Special
services[edit]

Old RÚV
RÚV
logo used from September 1966 to March 2011.

In accordance with its duty as a public broadcasting service, Sjónvarpið, the television network, broadcasts a news bulletin in Icelandic Sign Language
Icelandic Sign Language
for the deaf and hard of hearing. In addition, the Rás 1
Rás 1
radio channel broadcasts detailed weather reports for Icelandic seafarers and others dependent upon weather conditions. RÚV's broadcasting channels[edit] Television[edit]

RÚV
RÚV
television (also known as Sjónvarpið) RÚV
RÚV
2 – part-time "special events" channel

Radio[edit]

Rás 1
Rás 1
(Channel 1) – News, weather, current affairs, culture Rás 2
Rás 2
(Channel 2) – Pop and rock music Rondó – Non-stop Classical music
Classical music
and jazz (digital and web only)

Transmitters[edit] For its longwave transmissions on 189 kHz RÚV
RÚV
uses Western Europe's tallest radio mast, the Hellissandur longwave radio transmitter. There is a second longwave transmitter on 207 kHz at Eidar in the east of Iceland. The longwave transmitters are intended to fill gaps in the FM coverage and serve the Icelandic fishing fleet. The television network uses 180 analogue transmitters. Rás 1
Rás 1
and 2 have networks of 90 transmitters each.[3] See also[edit]

List of Icelandic television channels

References[edit]

^ "Auðkenni RÚV
RÚV
sameinuð í einu merki". RÚV
RÚV
(in Icelandic). 1 April 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2011.  ^ RÚV's official website (English-language version) ^ "Hvar finn ég á Rás 1
Rás 1
eða Rás 2
Rás 2
í útvarpinu?". RÚV. 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 

External links[edit]

Official Site About RÚV: official webpage in English Live Radio

v t e

Members of the European Broadcasting Union

Active members

Current

ARD ARMR ARMTV BBC BHRT BNR BNT BTRC C1R Canal+ CLT/RTL COPE ČRo ČT CyBC DR E1 ENRS ENTV ERR ERSL ERT ERTT ERTU France 24 FTV GPB HRT İTV JRTV LNC LR LRT LTV M6 MCD MRT FI/MTV MTVA NPO NRK NTU ORF PBS PR Radio
Radio
France RAI RDO RFI RMC ROR RTBF RTCG RTÉ RTP RTS RTSH RTVA RTVE RTVS RTVSLO RÚV SER SMTV SNRT SR SRG SSR SVT TDA TF1 TG4 TL TMC (French) TRM TV2 (DK) TV2 (NO) TV4 TVP TVR TRT UA:PBC UKIB UR VGTRK VR VRT Yle ZDF

Applicants

1FLTV 2M TV IPBC KRTC QR RTK

Former

IBA JRT LJBC MR MTV NERIT SRo STV TMC (Italian) UJRT

Associate members and approved participants

Associate

ABC (Australia) ABC (United States) All India Radio APM Bayrak Canal 13 (Chile) CBC/SRC CBS CCTV Fuji TV/JOCX-DTV ICRT IRIB JBA KA KBS La7 MBC Mediaset NBAB NBC NHK NPR ORTAS PARTSO RB RNZ RTHK RTM SABC SBS TBS/JORX-DTV TEME TFM/JOAU-FM TVC/FPA TVM (Mauritania) TVNZ WFMT WGBH WNYC-FM/NYPR

Approved

3sat Arte Abertis
Abertis
Telecom CAT Euronews JPMRD RTRN TV5Monde

v t e

Nordvision

Members

NRK DR RÚV SVT Yle

Associate members

KNR Kringvarp Føroya Sveriges Radio Sveriges Utbi

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