English-language Media in Cyprus

Information about the local and international English-language print and broadcast media that is available in Cyprus...

English is widely spoken in Cyprus and fairly well represented in the local media - radio, television and print. Jump to:

Radio

BFBS Radio Cyprus is the British Forces Broadcasting Service, widely broadcast, with all programming in English 24 hours a day. BFBS Cyprus has a full programme of DJ-led music shows. BFBS Radio 2 plays more "classic tracks". It also has programming from BBC Radio 4. New bulletins are broadcast every hour, 24 hours a day, using audio from BBC News, Independent Radio News and BFBS's news reporters. BFBS also offer a free Radio App for iPhones and Android devices. BFBS is available on the following frequencies:
BFBS Cyprus BFBS Radio 2
Ayios Nikolaos 107.3 MHz Ayios Nikolaos 89.7 MHz
Richmond ESBA 99.6 MHz Richmond ESBA 95.3 MHz
Nicosia 91.7 MHz Nicosia 89.7 MHz
Troodos 92.1 MHz
Akrotiri WSBA 89.9 MHz Akrotiri WSBA 92.1 MHz
Rock FM broadcasts 24 hours a day in Paphos and Larnaca on 98.5 FM, Limassol on 89.2 FM, in Polis and Latchi on 106.7 FM, and also online. There are live presenters from 07:00 to late evening. The focus of the station is English-language rock and pop music, with jazz, blues and show songs. The BBC World Service is no longer available on short-wave radio in Cyprus. BBC stations, including the BBC World Service, can be listened to via the BBC Radio website.

CyBC Radio

CyBC (Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation) is a public broadcaster with four radio channels (called First, Second, Third, Fourth). CyBC Second is a multi language channel providing some English-language programmes from 18:00-24:00. CyBC Second is also available on 91.1, 92.4, 96.5 and 94.2 FM. The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation website (CyBC) has more details about radio programming. Radio Napa broadcasts in the Ayia Napa area on 106.3FM. It is an English-language station playing the latest hit songs.

Radio on the Internet

Many international radio stations are available streamed live on the Internet. A player (such as RealPlayer or Windows Media Player) may be necessary to listen. Many stations can be streamed through a web browser, and many have their own iPhone and iOS apps. Voice of America programming, which includes music, news and cultural shows, is available online.

Local Cyprus Internet news

The Cyprus Mail online has the latest local and international news. The site also includes news from the world of business, lifestyle, entertainment and sport. In Cyprus  is an English-language publication published every Saturday. The online version has local and international news. There are also feature articles, a property section, a lifestyle section and classifieds. The Cyprus Reporter is an online news website containing local news and events. A printed version is released monthly. Cyprus Daily is an online website with local news, sport, business and entertainment news.

Television

There is no TV licence fee in Cyprus. The public broadcasting service is financed with a tax included in electricity bills from the Electricity Authority of Cyprus. ANT1 Antenna 1 is a commercial broadcaster from Greece that provides some English-language programming. CyBC (Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation), the public broadcasting service, has two television channels. One of these, CyBC 2, provides some English programming. Sigma and TVOne (formally Mega) are nationwide commercial broadcasters offering movies, news, serials, comedies, talk shows and sports. They also broadcast locally produced programmes. Sigma TV and TVOne news offers live TV streaming from their websites. Sigmalive is provides up to date news from Cyprus and around the world. Cyprus sports, politics, economy and local news. Capital: Local channel produced in Limassol. Plus: locally produced channel with news, entertainment shows, films and international programming.

Satellite TV

LTV (Lumiere Television) is a national terrestrial pay channel available by subscription. Cytavision is a service provided by the Cyprus telephone company CYTA whereby customers receive TV signals via a regular telephone landline. These are then converted through a set-top box (provided by CYTA) into signals that can be transmitted through analogue and digital TVs. The service also includes optional video on demand. PrimeTel has many international channels available via subscription to their Free-to-Air TV, digital TV, video on demand and, pay-per-view services. Cablenet, the only cable provider in Cyprus, offers TV packages with multiple international channels. Cablenet's services are only available in some areas of Cyprus. Nova Cyprus: The digital channel platform of MultiChoice and a direct to home (DTH) digital satellite platform in Cyprus. Sports events are broadcast live by the 11 sports channels (6 novasports, 2 SigmaSports, 2 Eurosport, Motors TV). MTN TV: Has over 60 channels of movies, news and entertainment available via subscription. Satellite Television can be installed by private companies. See the Business Directory for details.
  • For a list of addresses of satellite TV channels in Cyprus see sat-address

Local English-language Print Media

Most major publications are available online as well as in print. For a more portable digital version, apps like the Mail Plus App from the UK's Daily Mail Group allow the latest news to be read on a phone or tablet, often for much less than the cost of a subscription. There are a few English-language newspapers on the island. They are available in shops:
  • Cyprus Mail: An independent, daily newspaper in with news, features and reviews
  • In Cyprus: A weekly newspaper covering news, reviews, arts, sports and events. Published on Saturdays
  • The Cyprus Daily: Cyprus Weekly’s twin newspaper published Monday to Friday.
  • The Financial Mirror: Business and financial news weekly published in English
  • Famagusta Gazette: Local and foreign current affairs coverage in English
  • The Cyprus News Agency produces the national daily newspaper in Greek (with some English)
  • The Cyprus Reporter online news website containing local news and events. A printed version is released monthly

International News Links

You can often read your favourite newspaper online: UK Ireland USA Canada Australia New Zealand South Africa