La Sexta
Broadcast areaSpain
HeadquartersSan Sebastián de los Reyes, Community of Madrid
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Sister channelsAntena 3
Launched1 April 2001; 22 years ago (2001-04-01) (as Beca TV)
25 November 2005; 17 years ago (2005-11-25) (as LaSexta) (test broadcast)
27 March 2006; 17 years ago (2006-03-27) (official broadcast)
ReplacedBeca TV
Closed21 July 2003 (2003-07-21) (as Beca TV)
Digital terrestrial televisionMux 34 (Madrid)
Mux 27 (Barcelona)
Mux 36 (Andorra)

La Sexta (Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈseɣsta]; "The Sixth"; stylized as laSexta) is a privately owned Spanish free-to-air television channel that was founded on 18 March 2001 as Beca TV and began broadcasting on 1 April 2001. By 21 July 2003, the channel ran into debt and was shut down, but two years later in 2005, it was replaced by a new channel called La Sexta that began test transmissions on 25 November 2005, and a year later, it started broadcasting officially on 27 March 2006. The channel's programming is generalist, however, there is an emphasis on humour and entertainment. The channel broadcasts a large amount of American and sports programming, and in recent years it has covered political events such as elections, including extensive debate through three key programmes: Al rojo vivo (Red-hot), El objetivo (The lens) and Salvados (Saved). The political alignment of its news and debate programs is left-leaning.[1]

In 2012 the channel was acquired by Grupo Antena 3, later named Atresmedia Televisión.[2]


Main article: La Sexta programming

LaSexta's programming from Monday to Friday is mainly based on information and debate spaces, although more general programming such as movies, reality shows or reporting programs are broadcast at night. During the weekend, the channel reduces its news and debate programs to broadcast reruns of previous programs or movies.[3]

Some original programming of LaSexta includes BuenAgente, El Intermedio, El jefe infiltrado, Pesadilla en la cocina, Qué vida más triste, The Refugees, Salvados, Sé lo que hicisteis..., SMS: Sin Miedo a Soñar, and Zapeando.

Other programming also includes Emma's Theatre, My Name Is Earl, The Office, Law & Order, World of Polli, The Sopranos, NCIS, The King of Queens, Monsuno, Entourage, Pierre the Painter, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, Futurama, Bones, 30 Rock, Arthur's Missing Pal, The Mentalist, Eleventh Hour, Do As I Do, Prison Break and The Walking Dead.


La Sexta currently broadcasts in 16:9 for most programming although they still use 4:3 for a minority of programming including films and older series.


Used from 2005 to 2007 Used from 2007 to 2016 Used from 2016
2005–2007 2007–2016 Since 2016


La Sexta was first founded as a TV production company on 25 November 2005 when it got its broadcast license. It began testing the broadcast on 12 December, shortly before knowing the analog frequencies assigned to Madrid and Barcelona.

On 23 December, broadcasts started in Madrid and Barcelona, expanding later to all Spain.

Starting 23 January 2006 they began broadcasting a promotional video. 20 February marked the start of content emissions testing. Actual broadcasts started with documentaries (Champions, Natura) and programs dedicated to tuning, like 'Tuning Mania'. From 22 February, La Sexta broadcast twelve hours of programming every day.

On 2 March, a football match between Croatia and Argentina was the occasion for the first live broadcast. Five days before the actual date, José Miguel Contreras announced the official starting date, 27 March, on the Círculo de Bellas Artes.


  1. ^ Paradinas, Marcos (28 August 2012). "El PP asume que la Sexta seguirá siendo una televisión de izquierdas" [PP assumes LaSexta will remain being a left-wing television station]. El Plural (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Fusión entre Antena 3 y La Sexta: línea editorial e informativos independientes" [Fusion between Antena 3 and La Sexta]. 20 Minutos (in Spanish). 8 October 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Programación LaSexta" (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 March 2023.