Vietnam Television (VTV)

Vietnam Television (VTV) is a government-owned television broadcaster established in 1970,  one of the two television stations with nationwide coverage in Vietnam. VTV operates seven nationwide channels and two channels (VTV8 and VTV9) that have a regional focus.

Media assets

Television: VTV1, VTV2, VTV3, VTV4, VTV5, VTV6, VTV7, VTV8, VTV9

State Media Matrix Typology: State-Controlled (SC)

Ownership and governance

The activity of VTV is governed by a government decree (No 02/2018). The broadcaster operates as a government agency whose management is appointed by the government. The General Director and Deputy General Directors of the station are appointed by the Prime Minister. In March 2021, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc appointed Le Ngoc Quang, member of the Party Central Committee and Secretary of the Party Committee as General Director of the national television station.

Source of funding and budget

As a government agency, VTV is fully funded from the state budget. There is no publicly available information about the station’s budget.

Editorial independence

According to the law, VTV’s mission is to inform about and disseminate the Communist Party’s guidelines, state policies and legislation.

No domestic statute and no oversight mechanism that would validate the independence of VTV have been identified.

October 2023