Media is still a luxury service in Cambodia. Whereas you will find that a large number of Phnom Penh dwellers will have their own TV, in rural Cambodia a TV is still a treat and can be found in little road side stalls where people gather and watch karaoke or sports like Khmer boxing, English football and Formula 1.
Cambodia’s first television channel was launched in 1966. Its studios were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge in 1975, halting the role of television during the Khmer Rouge era. It was not until 1985 when TVK was launched, and kept its monopoly until the late 1990s when private companies launched their own stations.
The current day TV channels are a mixture of state-owned, joint public-private and privately owned broadcast media. These channels cover (local) news, variety shows and game shows. Dubbed Thai soap operas, slapstick and karaoke are highly popular.
CNC (Cambodia News Channel)
CTN (Cambodia TV Network)
entertainment and education including the Cambodian version of ‘Are you smarter than a 5th grader?’
entertainment and culture
CTV9 (Cambodian Television Channel 9)
music and entertainment
culture and education
news and education
launched in 1985
Check out Khmer Live TV if you would like to watch Cambodian television online.
Cambodia hosts roughly 50 radio stations, most of which nation wide and some regional ones.
You can stream several Khmer radio stations online via Tune In or via Khmer Live TV. Reception is not 100% stable.
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