Canal Sur En Vivo

Canal Sur (‘South Channel’) is part of Radio y Televisión de Andalucía (RTVA), the public broadcasting company of Andalusia. It was created by means of the devolved powers given to this region by an Act of Parliament in its statute of autonomy.

Canal Sur consists of two signs, Canal Sur 1 and Canal Sur 2, broadcasting the same programming but in sign language and with subtitles.

On 28 February 1989 Canal Sur 1 TV was launched as the public broadcaster of the Autonomous Community of Andalucía. This means that it was funded by the regional government of Andalusia. Becoming the fourth Spanish autonomous community to have its own public TV channel after Basque Country, Catalonia and Galicia. In its origins, Canal Sur broadcast programming of all kinds, including news, entertainment, cultural, sports and children’s content.

Canal Sur was launched with the aim of disseminating Andalusian culture, politics and values among its population and to have an alternative to the monopoly that TVE held at that time.

Between 1988 and 1990 there was a campaign to promote the broadcast of Canal Sur in Catalonia due to the large amount of Andalusian population present in that community, as part of the project legislation was sought so that all Spanish regional television could be tuned in throughout the national territory, however, finally the proposal was undone.

Canal 2 Andalucía, later Canal Sur 2, was founded in 1998. This new channel began to broadcast cultural, children’s and sports programming, so Canal Sur became a channel dedicated mainly to information and entertainment programs. On 1 October 2012 Canal Sur 2 was closed, so the programming of both channels was merged. After this date, the same programming was broadcast on the second channel as on Canal Sur, but adapted to the disabled audience, so subtitles, audio description and sign language services were added.

In February 2010, Canal Sur HD broadcast tests began, beginning its regular broadcasts on 30 September 2013. The HD version of Canal Sur was closed on 28 February 2015 to make way for Andalucía Televisión, a complementary channel intended for to fill the vacancy left by the closure of Canal Sur 2. On 16 September 2016 the HD signal was recovered using a different channel. In 2017, Canal Sur 4K broadcasts began, but limited to Seville and its neighboring area.

Canal Sur faced an important change in 2019, when the PSOE was evicted from the Government of Andalusia by a government coalition between the PP and Ciudadanos, which led to changes in the channel’s administration and editorial line.