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Information and Mass Communication In Morocco

 

The Ministry of Communications (previously Ministry of Information) elaborates and makes use of the policy of the Government in every field. The Ministry is the spokesman of the Government. The following are the various departments related to the Ministry of Information:

- The Moroccan radio broadcasting and Television service RTM "Radio and television Marocaine"

Radio Broadcasting:

- 1928: official star under the name of "Radio-Maroc" as a dependent service of the PTT "Poste, Telegraph and Telephone"

- Languages: - Arabic, French, Spanish and English.
- Berber (3 dialects: Tarifit, Tamazight and Tachelhit).

- Main Station: Rabat

- Regional Stations: (9) Tangier, Casablanca, Laayoun, Marrakesh, Agadir, fez, Oujda, Dakhla and Tetouan.

- Private station: Medi I, established in 1980 and is run by a Moroccan company as part of a Moroccan/French partnership and services as a general bilingual station of international news and entertainment.

Television Broadcasting:

- 1962: Official start of Moroccan TV. It covers 84 % of the National territory and 95% of the population

- Programs: At the beginning, they are broadcast 6 hours a day during the week and about 8 hours a day during the week-end and holidays. Today, programmes are broadcast daily and can be received in most areas without the help of decoders or satellite antennas. They are broadcast on EUTELSAT 2 and seen by millions around the world.

Private Station : M2, the country's only private station, was purchased by the government in 1996, when its attempt to bring "pay service" television to the country failed.

The TV stations broadcast in Arabic and French languages, in color (SECAM-PAL).

 

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