Radio and television media in Botswana

Batswana have enjoyed radio broadcasting since independence while television is fairly new in the country.

Before Botswana set up its own national television station called Botswana Television (BTV), Botswana had to view channels from South African state owned television services.

In fairly recent times the Gaborone Broadcasting Channel and other commercial television broadcasters were established.


television service in Botswana

  • Botswana Television (BTV) which is state-owned started broadcasting in July 2000. It has a wider coverage that extends into the southern African region.
  • Multichoice DSTV based in South Africa, is a commercial broadcaster with multiple channels, beams into the whole of Africa.
  • Gaborone Broadcasting Company


radio stations

Botswana has five radio stations, with four being commercial and private while one is non-commercial which is the state-owned Radio Botswana.

All of these are based in Gaborone and generally broadcast in both English and Setswana.

The four commercial radio stations are YaRona FM, Gabz FM, Duma FM and RB2.

Originally only radio Botswana and RB2 - both state-owned, broadcast nationally while the rest covered the area around Gaborone.

However, with changes made on the broadcasting legislation the Botswana Telecommunications Authority awarded all stations licenses to broadcast nationally.

Radio Botswana has the unique advantage of being the oldest with the largest library and archives of significant events and programmes captured over the years.

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