English-language Media in Spain
Information about the local and international English-language print and broadcast media that is available in Spain...
There are many options for those seeking English-speaking radio and television channels, as well as print publications, when living in Spain.
In Spain, it is possible to listen to the BBC World Service on short wave (European schedule), while the main BBC stations and other English-language radio can be received via many satellite TV installations.
Voice of America is also available on short wave.
Talk Radio Europe broadcasts English-language news, sport, current affairs and weather on several local frequencies, as well as online:
- Costa del Sol: 88.9 FM and 91.9 FM
- Sotogrande and Gibraltar: 98.7 FM
- Costa Calida: 92.7 FM
- Costa Blanca: 96.3FM, 96.4 FM and 96.3 FM
- Mallorca: 103.9 FM
Radio on the Internet: English-language stations online
Many international radio stations are available streamed live on the Internet. You typically need Real Player (a free version, called Real Player basic, is available on the real.com website). A feed is sometimes available in Windows Media, compatible with the players that have shipped with recent versions of Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- Directory of over 13,000 radio stations: Streema Online Radio Stations
Alternatively, select one of the stations below for (relatively) instant access to live radio:
International online news
There is no independent national authority in Spain that monitors broadcasting. At national level, there is an independent authority, the Telecommunication Market Commission (Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones), which has some powers over the audiovisual sector.
- See the Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones website (in Spanish).
However, the authority with the power to enforce most of the provisions related to Spanish broadcasting law is the State Telecommunications Secretariat (Secretaría de Estado de Telecomunicaciones, website in Spanish).
Most major publications are available online as well as in print. For a more portable digital version, apps allow the latest news to be read on a phone or tablet, often for much less than the cost of a subscription.
The Broadsheet was established in 1983. It was originally a small publication, but became a monthly magazine with features on art, music, people and listings. Founded in Madrid, it expanded its coverage to include all of Spain in 1999.
- The Broadsheet (TBS)
At: Plaza de Canalejas 6, Madrid
Tel: 915 237 480
Most major international daily and weekend newspapers from the UK, US and Germany are available at many news-stands, usually on the day following publication.
Spanish News on the Web
- El País Internacional: information in English and Spanish on economic, financial, graphic, leisure and entertainment subjects. The El País Internacional website also offers the "Independent News Service", a Monday to Sunday news service with information on business, foreign affairs, science, technology, sports and UK news.
- Spain Daily News: News in English on Spanish sports, general information, travel, transport, weather and city forecasts
- The Olive Press: English language newspaper with news, videos and features for expatriate community in Spain.
- Typically Spanish: News from Spain
- Euro Weekly News: News from Spain and the rest of the world
- Soccer Spain: News about Spanish football
Magazines on the Web
- Freelance Spain is an online Spanish resource for English-speaking editors and journalists
- The Local offers a roundup of local news and events
- Home and LifeStyle: English language publication
International News Links
You can also often read your favourite newspaper online:
- The Belfast Telegraph
- The Daily Express
- The Daily/Sunday Telegraph
- The Financial Times
- The Guardian
- The Independent
- The Mirror
- The Sun
- The Scotsman
- The Times
- The Chicago Sun Times
- The LA Times
- The New York Times
- The New York Post
- The San Francisco Chronicle
- The San Francisco Examiner
- The Seattle Times
- USA Today
- The Wall Street Journal
- The Washington Post
- Business Day
- Netwerk 24 Die Burger
- Independent Newspapers (The Star, The Cape, Argus etc)
- The Weekly Mail and Guardian
- The Japan Times Weekly (Tokyo)
Trinidad & Tobago
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