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Télévision Nationale d’Haïti (TNH)
Haiti’s state-run television station is much more
popular than its radio counterpart.
TNH emerged as the third most popular TV
station in Port-au-Prince, in the DAGMAR media audience survey of November 2010,
with an audience share of 9.2%.
Its radio counterpart, Radio Nationale d’Haïti (RNH) languished in 19th place, with just 1.0% of the capital’s radio audience in the same survey.
Both form part of the government broadcasting
corporation Radio Télévision National d'Haïti (RTNH), which is run by the Ministry of Communications.
Both take a strongly pro-government line in
TNH broadcasts in both Creole and French.
During the run-up to the 2010 elections, it
attracted strong audiences for its political debates.
The TV station claims to cover 90% of Haiti
with its free-to-air terrestrial signal. It has transmitters situated in:
- Les Cayes
The station also broadcasts online through its
TNH and RNH together employ about 40
journalists and presenters. They also have six mobile reporting teams.
TNH has good production facilities, but lacks
the budget to produce sophisticated programmes, although it does produce ‘Destinée,’ the
only TV soap opera made in Haiti in 2012.
The station covers a lot of government and
parliamentary activities, many of which are shown live.
It also carries a lot of news programmes and
TNH sometimes offers free air
time to humanitarian organisations, for the broadcast of key messages.
The TV station was founded in 1979 during the
government of former President Jean-Claude Duvalier (“Baby Doc”), two years
after its radio counterpart.
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