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Broadcasting

Under the Broadcasting Act 1993, the Commission licenses and regulates the content of programme services provided from places in the Isle of Man.

The Commission keeps under review the reception of, and content included in, programme services provided by the BBC and commercial UK broadcasters. We also liaise with the UK Government, the BBC, ITV and Ofcom on a range of broadcasting issues from regional news to the TV licence.

All local broadcasters must comply with the Commission’s Codes of Practice on programme content and advertising and sponsorship (available at the bottom of this page). Programme output is monitored off air and from recordings, which all broadcasters must keep for 42 days. The Commission also considers and investigates listener complaints and the complaints procedure is available to download below.

Radio

Island residents have access to indigenous radio stations as well as TV and radio services originating from the UK.

There are three indigenous FM radio stations on the Isle of Man: two fully commercial stations, Energy FM and 3FM, and the national public service radio station, Manx Radio, which broadcasts on both AM and FM. Manx Radio is funded partly by commercial means and partly through an annual Government subvention to provide information, education and entertainment for the whole community.

BBC national stations and Classic FM are transmitted locally on the Island and DAB services from the BBC are also broadcast from Douglas, Ramsey and Port St Mary.

Television

The Isle of Man is part of the ITV Granada region and was the first nation in the British Isles to switch over fully to digital television. Between June and July 2009, the Island’s ten transmitters ceased broadcasting analogue TV signals and replaced them with all-digital Freeview signals. Digital TV is also available on the Island via satellite, for instance through Sky and Freesat which have been adopted by approximately 90% of Island homes.

Tip: For predicted Freeview channel line up, visit the Freeview website and put in your postcode. Similarly, the Sky and Freesat websites show which channels are currently available on their platforms.

Our Consumer Advice section on Broadcasting may also be able to assist you.