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Radiotelevizija Slovenija
Type Broadcast radio, television and online
Country Slovenia
Owner Government of Slovenia
Key people Marko Filli (director-general)
Launch date 1928 (radio)
1958 (television)
2002 (multimedia portal)
Former names Radio-Televizija Ljubljana
Official website

Radiotelevizija Slovenija (English: Radio-Television of Slovenia) – usually abbreviated to RTV Slovenija (or simply RTV within Slovenia) – is Slovenia's national public broadcasting organization. Based in the country's capital, Ljubljana, it has regional broadcasting centres in Koper and Maribor and correspondents around Slovenia, Europe and the world. RTV Slovenija's national radio services operate under the name Radio Slovenija, while the television division carries the name Televizija Slovenija or TV Slovenija. The names are sometimes Anglicized as Radio Slovenia and TV Slovenia, respectively. There are 3 national and 4 regional radio services, which can all be heard online as well. RTV Slovenija also finances the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and the RTV Slovenia Big Band.

The legal foundation for the institution is the Radiotelevizija Slovenija Act ([1].


Radio Ljubljana signed on the air for the first time on September 1, 1928, with experimental broadcasts. By October 28 the radio station already had a scheduled programme. On April 11, 1941, the station's transmitter in Domžale was destroyed and the station was occupied by Italian Fascists.

On April 1, 1949, the first TV laboratory was established in Ljubljana, but was separate from the radio station. However, the task of setting up a television service was eventually assigned to Radio Ljubljana. Second radio program started in 1951. On November 11, 1958 the TV channel got a regular schedule, but it was shared by other Yugoslav republics, with TV Ljubljana getting around 30% of airtime. TV Ljubljana produced its first broadcast for Eurovision, showing ski jumping in Planica, in 1960. The color program broadcasting started in 1966. During that decade, the amount of programming produced exclusively for Slovenian audiences increased substantially. On April 15, 1968, the main evening newscast was broadcast in the Slovenian language for the first time. It had previously originated in Belgrade and was produced in Serbo-Croatian.

In 1970, the RTV Slovenia record label was established. In 1971, TV Koper/Capodistria, a subsidiary of RTV Ljubljana, was launched as the first bilingual TV station in Slovenia, serving the Italian community in Slovenia and Croatia. However, it enjoyed huge popularity in many parts of Italy. There, RAI still had a monopoly on television, so many Italians eagerly tuned into the new Yugoslav station, which broadcast mostly in color. Private companies built transmitters and translators in various parts of Italy that made TV Koper-Capodistria (generally known as "Telecapodistria" in Italy) available to millions of Italians. Because the station used the PAL color standard, Italians bought PAL TV sets in large numbers, ending the hopes of the French government that Italy might adopt its SECAM system instead. With the advent of privately owned, purely commercial television in Italy, the station's popularity eventually began to diminish.

During the 1970s, TV Ljubljana's main service was also gradually converted to color. In 1984, teletext was introduced, whereas the digitalization started in 1986. In 1989, Radio Ljubljana started transmitting an RDS signal.

At first, TV Ljubljana's second television network primarily relayed programs from other Yugoslav television stations. In the late 1980s, however, the percentage of TV Ljubljana's own programs on the second network increased dramatically.

A year before Slovenia's independence in 1991, the institution was renamed to Radiotelevizija Slovenija (from RTV Ljubljana). On January 1, 1993, RTV Slovenija was admitted as a full active member of the European Broadcasting Union following the collapse of Yugoslavia, and began participation in the Eurovision Song Contest.

In the mid- to late 1990s, TV Slovenia began to face increased competition from Slovenia's commercial television stations. In 1995, RTV Slovenija published its first web page. Radio digitalization started in 1995, whereas the digitalization of television broadcasting started in 1999.

In 1997, satellite broadcasting started via Hot Bird 3. In 2001, RTV Slovenija's Multimedia Centre was established to help introduce new technologies. A new multimedia web portal was introduced in 2002. This portal includes regular news updates, broadcast archives, and the live transmission on line of most services, both radio and television. RSS feeds were introduced in 2005. The public broadcaster referendum, 2005 was approved by a slight majority of voters, but the referendum saw a very low turnout. On November 12, 2005 a law was passed stating that Radio-television Slovenia is "a public institution of special cultural and national importance..."[1]

In May 2008 TV Slovenia began to air new TV channel – TV Slovenija 3 for live Parliament coverage. In August 2008 TV Slovenia broadcast their first HD event – Olympic Games 2008 on test DVB-T channel. The Slovenian public broadcaster law referendum, 2010 was rejected by voters. In 2011, analogue signal was abandoned.[2][3]

Radio services


RTV Slovenija's national radio networks are based in Ljubljana and broadcast in Slovene. They can be heard throughout Slovenia.

  • Prvi program (first programme): A traditional generalist service carrying news and news reports, a variety of specialized broadcasts, and a wide range of music
  • Val 202: A popular music-oriented service with the emphasis on pop and rock music, news bulletins and updates, talk segments, lifestyle reports, and live sports coverage[4]
  • ARS: A cultural service concentrating on classical music, radio drama, and other cultural programming


RTV Slovenija's regional radio stations are based in regional RTV centres, and broadcast in Slovenian and/or the languages of the indigenous minorities in the area. They can be heard only in their own regions.

The stations are:

  • Radio Koper (in Slovenian, based in Koper, received in the Slovenian Littoral)
  • Radio Capodistria (in Italian, based in Koper, received in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Slovenian Littoral, and Istria)
  • Radio Maribor (in Slovenian, based in Maribor, received in Northeastern Slovenia)
  • MMR – Pomurski madžarski radio (Hungarian: Muravidéki Magyar Rádió) (broadcasting in Hungarian, based in RTV Maribor's Lendava studio, received in Prekmurje)


Other radio services:

  • Radio Slovenia International (RSi; in English and German, based in Maribor, heard in various places around Slovenia and southeastern Austria; for expatriates, tourists, English-speaking Slovenians, and foreigners)

Television services

RTV Slovenija operates three national and two regional television services. All except Tele M can be watched online.


RTV Slovenija's national television networks can be watched all over Slovenia and are based in Ljubljana. They are broadcast in Slovenian.

  • TV Slovenija 1: A general-interest television service with newscasts, feature films, documentaries, talk shows, series, children's programming, variety shows, and live coverage of significant national events.
  • TV Slovenija 2: A more specialized service with programs generally aimed at narrower audiences, sitcoms, a wide range of live sports coverage, but virtually no news.
  • TV Slovenija 3: Specialized service dedicated to airing full unedited proceedings of the Slovenian Parliament and Committees live, it also features documentaries, interviews and news.
  • TV Slovenija 1 HD: TVS 1 in high-definition
  • TV Slovenija 2 HD: TVS 2 in high-definition


Each of the regional RTV centres has its own television facilities. While TV Koper/Capodistria is bilingual (Italian and Slovenian), the Hungarian public has no regional station, but has regular broadcasts on TV Slovenija 1.

The regional stations are:

  • Televizija Maribor (in Slovenian, based in Maribor, received in Northeastern Slovenia) Also has Hungarian language programming.

Ident history

Years Description
September 1990 – today Boy with a Flute and name in two versions: a longer "RADIOTELEVIZIJA SLOVENIJA" or a shorter "RTV SLO".


Clocks on TV Slovenija were introduced in 1959.

The previous clock was used from January 8, 2007 until April 23, 2012. The clock was white on the blue background, next to the clock is advert. (Was changed slightly in 2009, where the name "TELEVIZIJA SLOVENIJA" was moved from beside the clock to the clock's face and changing tip seconds from white to red.)

The current clock is used from April 23, 2012 until now. The clock is white, bottom of the clock is logo, advert is next to the clock.

Test cards

The test card TV Slovenija is PM5544, introduced in 1970s. Nowadays test cards are rarely broadcast.

  • 1970s-1980s PM5544 with upper text "JRT" and lower text "RTV-LJNA".
  • 1980s–September 1990 The testcard has again been modified, where updated upper text to "RTV" or "RTV" & lower text to "LJUBLJANA".
  • September 1990-now Modified testcard. Upper text is "TV", lower text is "SLOVENIJA".

Closing and Opening Times


  • 1960s–1980s opens at 11:30 and close at 22:30 along with other stations of the Yugoslav Radio Television broadcast system
  • 1980s–June 23, 1991 opens at 08:00 and close at 23:00 along with other stations of the Yugoslav Radio Television broadcast system
  • 24 June 1991 – 1994 opens at 08:00 and close at 00:00
  • 1994–1997 opens at 06:00 and close at 00:30
  • 1998–2000 opens at 05:30 and close at 01:00
  • 2000–2002 opens at 05:00 and close at 01:30
  • 2002–present: 24-hour


  • 1970s–June 1991 opens at 18:00 and close at 22:00 along with other Yugoslavian channel 2's
  • September 1990 – 1995 opens at 11:00 and close at 23:00
  • 1995–2000 opens at 09:30 and close at 00:00
  • 2000–2004 opens at 06:00 and close at 01:00
  • 2004–present: 24-hour


  • 2008–2009 opens at 08:00 and close at 00:00
  • 2009–present: 24-hour

SLO1 Dnevnik

Dnevnik Televizije Slovenija is daily news show.

  • 1960s-1980s starts at 20:00; ends at 20:15
  • 1980s-2003 starts at 19:30: ends at 20:00
  • 2003–present starts at 19:00; ends at 20:00


External links

  • RTV Slovenija
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