English-language Media in Portugal

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 Portugal...

There are many options for those seeking English-speaking radio and television channels, as well as print publications, when living in Portugal.

Radio

BBC World Service can be received on digital FM 90.2 and Satellite Hot Bird 2-13º East.

  • For more information on receiving BBC World Service via satellite: Click here

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.

KISS FM is available on 95 FM in Lisbon, and 95.8 FM and 102.1 FM in the Algarve.

Radio on the Internet: English-language stations online

Many international radio stations are available streamed live on the Internet. You typically need Real Player although sometimes a feed is available in Windows Media, compatible with the players that have shipped with recent versions of Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

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

International online news

Television

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 required.

For more channels, opt for a HotBird system available on the HotBird satellite cluster.

A step up from this is the Astra 2 system which will allow you to see ITV, BBC 1 and BBC 2 programmes, although to receive these a rather large dish (2.4 to 3 metres) will be required.

English-language Film and Cinemas

Films at the cinema in Portugal are shown in their original version with subtitles.

Print Publications

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 a much less than the cost of a subscription.

  • The Portugal News: Portugal's largest circulation English-language newspaper.
    • Tel: 282 341 100
  • Portugal Magazine: Published six times a year, this magazine is aimed at those who are planning to work or buy property in Portugal, as well as those who holiday in Portugal.
    • Tel: +44 122 578 6800
  • The Algarve Resident: English-language newspaper published every Friday. Available from news stands and hotels as well as bars and restaurants frequented by expatriates.
    • Tel: 282 342 936
      Fax: 282 342 939
      email
  • Essential Portugal: The expatriate community of the Algarve, Lisbon and Madeira each have their own magazine published bi-monthly.
  • People & Business Magazine: A real estate and property magazine with general feature articles on culture, politics and lifestyle published by Julie Deffense.

International News Links

You can also often read your favourite newspaper online:

UK

Ireland

USA

Canada

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa