RTVE changes prime time window

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 02 March 2015

Spain's Ministry of Health is continuing its fight to change the country's TV schedules, once again asking TV channels and media companies to bring prime time forward to encourage people to go to bed earlier.

Following the request, the country's public broadcaster RTVE, has said it will initially start prime time 15 minutes earlier than usual, although the schedules have actually been delayed by 30 minutes in recent years.

Having the latest prime time schedule in Europe with most shows kicking off after 10.30pm, Spain has lately seen increasing debate around the issue. Last May, the Spanish Government tried for the first time to press the networks - especially the free-to-air (FTA) stations - to schedule their prime shows in an earlier slot, but the companies rejected the measure.

"The citizens set the patterns and tendencies regarding schedules, it's not the other way around," the association of private channels, UTECA, explained at the time.

Over the last couple of years, the government has been trying to bring Spanish schedules into line with the rest of Europe, arguing that people are going to bed later than in other European countries, but waking up at the same time, and pointing to TV schedules as one of the main reasons.