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Chile enjoys freedom of the press, since the 2001 Press Freedom Act got rid of the censorship placed on the media during Pinochet’s regime. Now the newspapers, radio and television openly criticize the government and provide fairly balanced news reports of national and international events, and discuss controversial topics as well.


Almost all print media is owned by either the Edwards family media group (the conservative daily El Mercurio) or the Copesa group (the daily national La Tercera). Other national daily newspapers include Las Ultimas Noticias and La Segunda. La Nacion is owned by the government and reflects government policies. A popular tabloid is La Cuarta but it’s written in Chilean slang and almost impossible for foreigners to read. El Diario Financiero covers all the business news. La Hora is a free newspaper handed out at metro stations. The Santiago Times reproduces major news stories in English and is available online at

CHIP, the Chile Information Project is run by local expats, exchange students as well as writers for the Santiago Times and the Patagonia Times ( It's a Chile English-language network of radio, newspapers, magazines and tour operators and has lots of good info for tourists and expats



Eighty-seven percent of Chilean households own at least one color television set. Local channels, in Spanish language, include Canal 13, Chilevision, Megavision, La Red and TV Universidad Catolicá de Chile (run by the Universidad Catolicá) and the state-owned National Television of Chile. Programs include international and local news, chat shows, movies, documentaries and soap operas. Cable TV is available in many hotels and hostels, and shows a range of international channels in English language.


Radio is very popular in Chile. From the music-based Radio Horizonte to the news-based Radio Cooperativa, a wide variety of radio stations are broadcast throughout the country. Two of the most popular radio stations in the Santiago area are Radio Cooperativa 93.3 FM, which plays news and sports and Radio Carolina 99.3FM, which plays popular music.


Chile is well and truly online. Many homes and businesses have Internet connection. Communication by e-mail is very common and it’s possible to book tours and hostels via the Internet. Most hotels have Internet facilities for guests, but expect to pay for the service in some hotels. Online shopping is becoming more common with the larger supermarkets and department stores now offering this facility. In Santiago, you can access free wireless Internet in many metro stations.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Chile: When to Go to Viña del Mar, Traveler’s Checks, Chile by numbers, Shopping in Santiago, Social and environmental issues, Chile Phones, Credit Cards , Rock Art, Wiring Money and Chile Facts.

By Noleen Turner
I'm originally from Northern Ireland but have lived in Santiago de Chile for over two years. I work in marketing communications and as a writer and...
17 Jul 2009

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