Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia)


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Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV Slovenija - RTVS)
Kolodvorska 2, SI-1550 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 475 2111
Fax386 (0) 1 475 2150
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Founded byGovernment of the Republic of Slovenia
Marko Filli, Director General
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Suzana Vidas Karoli, Head of International Relations Department
Phone386 (0) 1 475 2157
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Slovenia's national public broadcasting organisation Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia or RTVS) is a public legal entity with a head office in Ljubljana and two regional broadcasting centres in Koper-Capodistria and Maribor, respectively.



The first known transmitted TV image on the territory of Slovenia was the portrait of baron Codelli's wife Ilona Codelli. In 1929 the inventor Codelli from Ljubljana transmitted this private image with the help of the technology of photography and cable transmission. These were the first attempts; more serious approaches of establishing public television followed several decades after. More about the history and the preserved arefacts from the beginnings of television broadcast are exhibited at the RTV Slovenia Museum Collection.

In 2008 RTV Slovenia celebrated the 80th anniversary of Radio Slovenia (its forerunner Radio Ljubljana was established in 1928) and the 50th anniversary of Televizija Slovenija (regular television broadcasting commenced in 1958). Past milestones include the opening of a new RTV centre with four television studios in 1975, the first teletext transmission in 1984, the launch of digitisation in 1986, the launch of the first terrestrial satellite station (for European Broadcast Union (EBU) communications) in 1993 and the establishment of the first online services in 1995. Since 2001 satellite programmes have been broadcast from Domžale (a suburb of Ljubljana) and RTV Slovenia has rapidly expanded its online services, including real-time transmission of radio and TV programmes and a range of additional services – see RTV Slovenia Multimedia Centre. Since 2010 the TV programme is transmitted digitally in full.

National broadcaster

RTV Slovenia is a public broadcasting service established by the Republic of Slovenia, and the legal foundation for its operations is the Law on RTV Slovenia, which was passed in November 2005. The law requires that the public service of RTV Slovenia includes creation, preparation, archiving, and broadcasting of two nationwide TV channels, three nationwide radio channels, radio and TV programmes in the regional centres in Koper and Maribor, radio and TV channels for the Italian and Hungarian minorities in Slovenia, radio and TV programmes for the Romany community, radio and TV programmes for Slovene national minorities in the neighbouring countries and Slovene emigrants and workers abroad, and radio and TV programmes aimed at foreign audiences, plus Teletext and an Internet and mobile portal.

According to the above law, the public service of RTV Slovenia must also include a special national TV programme for the direct broadcasting of sessions of the National Assembly and its working bodies, and of sessions of the National Council. The recent Law on RTV Slovenia also specifies the management and supervision of RTV Slovenia.


RTV Slovenia operates on the basis of a mixed financing scheme consisting of a licence fee and commercial revenue. The licence fee is levied to every residence in possession of a radio or television receiver and the amount paid is determined by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. The law binds RTV Slovenia to ensure that its output is high quality, informative, cultural, educational, and entertaining; its output should be fundamentally different to commercial programmes, as advertising time is restricted according to the EU regulations and the Public Media Act.

Correspondents and international cooperation

RTV Slovenia has a joint correspondents network abroad, with correspondent offices in Washington, Moscow, Brussels, Rome, Berlin, Zagreb, Belgrade, and cross-border correspondent offices for the neighbouring regions in Italy and Austria. In addition to its regional centres it also maintains correspondent offices in all regions and major towns of Slovenia. RTV Slovenia is an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), of Circom Regional, and of other international consortia and associations.

See also

Preservation and presentation

Production units

RTVS – Television

RTVS – Radio

Regional and minority radio broadcast

Regional and minority television broadcast

Regional broadcast centres

RTVS Multimedia

RTVS Awards

External links

(in German)


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