Malta profile - Media
Many of Malta's newspapers and broadcasters have strong political affiliations. Dailies and weeklies appear in Maltese and English.
Maltese radio began in the mid-1930s, partly to counter Fascist propaganda broadcasts from Italy. Malta Television launched in 1962, five years after the islanders started receiving TV signals from Italy. Italian channels remain popular.
The first private broadcasting licences were granted to the two major political parties and the Catholic Church. More stations followed and there is now a proliferation of privately-run radio stations and several TV channels.
Since Malta is a member of the Council of Europe, media laws are based on European law.
Cable and satellite TV are widely watched.
Around 360,000 Maltese were online by December 2017 (Internetworldstats.com).
- Television Malta (TVM) - public
- ONE TV - owned by Malta Labour Party
- Net TV - owned by Nationalist Party