English-language Media

A world of information, both local and global - in English. The international English-language print and broadcast media that is available to you if you live in Italy...


BBC World Service can be received on digital FM 90.2 and Satellite Hot Bird 2-13º East. It can also be listened to via the BBC Sounds website

The main BBC stations and other English language radio can also be received via many satellite TV installations or over the Internet. Previously broadcast programmes can often be listened to again or downloaded.

Voice of America is also available on shortwave.

Radio on the Internet: English-language stations online

Most radio stations stream their broadcasts via their websites on the Internet. 

Alternatively, select one of the stations below for (relatively) instant access to live radio:


To pick up English language, free-to-air programmes (unscrambled) such as BBC World, CNBC Europe, CNN International, Euronews, MTV, and Skynews, a satellite reception system capable of picking up the Astra-1 satellite cluster is necessary.

BBC World News is available free 24/7 on terrestrial digital TV with no need for a satellite dish/receiver.

To access a few more channels, opt for a HotBird system available on the HotBird satellite cluster.

With the Astra 2 system, it is possible to view ITV, BBC ONE and BBC TWO programmes, although to receive these a rather large dish is required.

Internet television tuners

Holersoft is an Internet television tuner that allows users to see over 1,200 online TV stations from around the world. The television channels are streamed through the Internet connection, without the need for a PC TV card. It is advisable to use a high-speed Internet connection. A free, trial version can be downloaded.

Ahusoft provides international live television channels and online radio stations. A free, trial version (and the option to buy) is available on the Ahusoft website.

The Italian TV broadcasting company Rai shows some satellite TV programmes in English, such as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on Rai Sat Extra.

Online Media in English in Italy

Most major publications are available online as well as in print. For a more portable digital version apps allow latest news to be read on a phone or tablet, often for much less than the cost of a subscription.

International online news

International News Links

Other major newspapers online:






New Zealand

South Africa