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
Rás 1 and Rás 2, and one full-time television
channel. There is also a supplementary, part-time TV channel,
which transmits live coverage of major cultural and sporting events,
both domestic and foreign, as required.
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 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 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 has faced competition from a number
of private broadcasting companies, most notably the 365 corporation.
On 31 March 2011,
RÚV introduced a major re-branding of its stations,
with new logos and a visual overhaul of its television channel.
3 RÚV's broadcasting channels
5 See also
7 External links
RÚV headquarters in Reykjavík.
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" – 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
RÚV newsroom, providing news for both television and radio, is
amongst the most time-honoured and respected in Iceland. On weekdays
Rás 2 radio network includes 35 minutes of regional opt-outs for
local news coverage.
Gettu betur is a popular annual quiz tournament pitting teams from
senior secondary schools around
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 has sent participants on
Iceland's behalf since 1986. In sports,
RÚV traditionally carries
live coverage of such major events as the
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.
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,
Rás 1 radio channel broadcasts detailed weather reports for
Icelandic seafarers and others dependent upon weather conditions.
RÚV's broadcasting channels
RÚV television (also known as Sjónvarpið)
RÚV 2 – part-time "special events" channel
Rás 1 (Channel 1) – News, weather, current affairs, culture
Rás 2 (Channel 2) – Pop and rock music
Rondó – Non-stop
Classical music and jazz (digital and web only)
For its longwave transmissions on 189 kHz
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 and 2 have networks of 90 transmitters each.
List of Icelandic television channels
RÚV sameinuð í einu merki".
RÚV (in Icelandic). 1
April 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 1
^ RÚV's official website (English-language version)
^ "Hvar finn ég á
Rás 1 eða
Rás 2 í útvarpinu?". RÚV.
2014-12-01. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
About RÚV: official webpage in English
Members of the European Broadcasting Union
Associate members and
ABC (United States)
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