8TV (Catalonia)

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Broadcast areaCatalonia, Andorra
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerOC 2022
ParentEmissions Digitals de Catalunya
Launched2001-04-23 (as CityTV)
Former namesCityTV, TD8
DigitalBarcelona: Mux 33
Girona: Mux 36
Lleida: Mux 53
Tarragona: Mux 51
Andorra: Mux 25
Streaming media
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8TV (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈbujt ˈte ˈβe]), formerly known as TD8 and then Citytv, was a Catalan language private TV station based in Barcelona, Spain. The channel was run by OC 2022. After a delay in the payment of its debts, it was closed on 17 October 2023.[1]


8TV began as a local TV channel in Barcelona in 2001. In its early years, the station used the Citytv name and brand identity, similar to the Citytv system of television stations in Canada and licensed to Grupo Godó by then-owner of the brand, CHUM Limited. Officially limited to inner Barcelona, it slowly expanded its coverage to the suburbs of the city, as well as other important places such as Girona or Lleida.

In 2003, Emissions Digitals de Catalunya (Digital Broadcasting of Catalonia), won a bid for a digital license to broadcast in all Catalonia, (DVB-T). As the Godó group was part of this commercial bid, Citytv could (by law) broadcast as a de facto Catalonia-wide station, but only in digital.

As the first launch of Digital terrestrial television in Catalan Countries in 2003 did not succeed, most television channels decided to postpone any further plans to broadcast in digital. Consequently, Citytv continued to expand its analogue coverage in the following years. For all this, it was not until March 2005 that Citytv began broadcasting in DVB-T in March 2005 (restricted to Barcelona).

With a steady relaunch of Digital terrestrial television in November 2005, the channel's owners decided to rename Citytv to 8TV and become a private Catalan broadcaster.

On 27 February 2006, the channel was renamed TD8 (Televisió Digital 8 "Digital Television 8"), and began broadcasting to all Catalonia (in analogue). Initial digital coverage was limited to Barcelona, but on 4 April 2006 TD8 was also available in Tarragona, Girona and Lleida. Later that year, TD8 was once again renamed 8TV- vuit televisió (eight television).

As of 2007, the channel began to reduce the percentage of its own production, which is why only some entertainment and information programs were kept, in addition to increasing the programming of series and movies, while some of its journalists left the channel.[2] Since that period, the channel increased its synergy with RAC 1, which is why some radio programs began to be broadcast on TV.

In 2015, Grupo Godó and Mediaset España entered into an alliance to improve the situation of the channel, for which Mediaset bought 40% of the shares of Emissions Digitals de Catalunya, the company that owned 8TV, which came to reinforce spaces like Arucitys (entertainment) and 8 al día (news and debates), which were the main programs on 8TV.[3] In 2018 the channel stopped broadcasting Arucitys because its presenter, Alfonso Arús, was hired by LaSexta to do a similar program nationwide. Subsequently, the channel also stopped broadcasting 8 al día, so it returned to programming based on series, films, contests and documentaries, some of them broadcast by TV3 in previous years.[4]

In 2021, Emissions Digitals de Catalunya was bought by the company OC 2022,[5] which is why it began a process to reform the channel so that it would once again be occupied mostly by its own programming with the aim of competing with TV3.[6] The programming was once again based on news and entertainment programs produced live, in addition, the channel hired some figures from Catalan politics and TV3 to present some programs this with the aim of capturing viewers who are dissatisfied with Catalan public television and looking the support of some political parties.[7]

On June 2, 2023, the company managing the channel, Emissions Digitals de Catalunya, declared a debt moratorium, starting a 3-month period to renegotiate the debt with its creditors.[8] After having obtained an overtime concession from the Catalan government, the company filed for bankruptcy and the channel was due to cease broadcasting at midnight on 15 October 2023.[9] The broadcast finally ended on 17 October 2023 at 00:03 CEST.[1]


The station broadcasts a mixture of old films, entertainment (Arucitys; Envasat al 8; X-tra; Amics, coneguts i saludats), news (Notícies 8), sports (Força Barça), cartoons (Garfield & Xou de Lupo i DuesEspatlles). Most programs are broadcast in Catalan, but foreign films and series are dubbed in Spanish.

One original program on the station was Notícies 10, airing at 8:25 pm.

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  1. ^ a b Gutiérrez, Àlex (17 October 2023). "8TV ja no emet, Catalunya es queda sense televisió privada". Ara.cat (in Catalan). Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  2. ^ "El Grupo Godó cambia la dirección de su radio y televisión". El Plural (in Spanish). 15 November 2007. Archived from the original on 15 November 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Grupo Godó y Mediaset establecen una alianza para impulsar 8tv". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 21 May 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  4. ^ "8tv apuesta por los contenidos de ficción". Grupo Godó (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  5. ^ Buesa, Jokin (15 July 2021). "EL CAC autoriza la venta: la nueva 8tv tiene luz verde". En Blau (in Spanish). El Nacional.cat. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  6. ^ Buesa, Jokin (24 August 2021). "La nueva 8tv se estrena en redes con un claro mensaje desafiando a TV3". En Blau (in Spanish). El Nacional.cat. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  7. ^ Anguera de Sojo, Ivá (16 October 2022). "Junts busca en 8TV su espacio en los medios tras abandonar el Govern". elindependiente.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  8. ^ "8TV es declara en preconcurs de creditors". El Món - Notícies i actualitat d'última hora en Català (in Catalan). 2 June 2023. Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  9. ^ Gutiérrez, Àlex (1 October 2023). "8TV aconsegueix 'in extremis' una pròrroga de quinze dies abans d'anar a negre". Ara.cat (in Catalan). Retrieved 16 October 2023.

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