RTP3 is a Portuguese 24-hour news channel operated by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), the public-service broadcaster. The channel is available on basic cable and satellite, as well as a free-to-air channel on terrestrial television..
The channel was launched in 2001 as NTV, a cable news channel headquartered in Porto. It was originally a joint-venture between PT Multimédia, Lusomundo and the television broadcaster Radiotelevisão Portuguesa (the old RTP). In 2003 it was completely acquired by the old RTP, and with the merger between the old RTP and radio broadcaster Radiodifusão Portuguesa (RDP), forming the new RTP, it became RTPN in 2004.
RTPN debuted a 24-hour schedule on 29 September 2008. Up till then, RTPN had simulcasted with Euronews during the early morning. Since mid-2009, RTPN has been available outside Portugal, through cable TV providers in Angola and Mozambique. On 19 September 2011, RTPN was renamed RTP Informação, beginning with a simulcast of Bom Dia Portugal which refreshed its graphics.
On 22 July 2015 it was announced that RTP Informação would rebrand once again. On 15 September 2015, the date of rebrand was confirmed to be 5 October, RTP’s director of programmes Daniel Deusdado told the media. At midnight between 4 and 5 October 2015 Portuguese time, the channel became RTP3, during the coverage of the legislative election 2015.
Despite most of its programming being news-related, occasionally the channel also airs some sports programming, such as the Olympics and the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Unlike the other national RTP channels, RTP3’s continuity and playout is handled at the Monte da Virgem studios, near Porto.
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