Television of Mauritania
TypePublic establishment of an administrative nature
Mottoتجمعنا (English: It gathers us)
TV stations
  • El Mouritaniya
  • El Mouritaniya 2
  • Arriadia
  • Athagavia
  • Al Barlemania
HeadquartersTevragh Zeina, Nouakchott, Mauritania
Broadcast area
OwnerGovernment of Mauritania
Key people
Mohamed Mahmoud Ebou Elmeali (director general)
Established1980 (as part of ORTM)
1990 (as an EPIC)
1991 (as an EPA)
Launch date
10 July 1984; 39 years ago (1984-07-10)
Official website

The Television of Mauritania (acronym TVM, Arabic: التلفزة الموريتانية, French: Télévision de Mauritanie) is Mauritania's national state-owned public service television broadcaster. Currently, the broadcaster is a member of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ABSU).


Television broadcasts started in Mauritania with a project supported by Iraqi funding in 1980 before being officially inaugurated in September 1982 as part of the Office of Radio Television of Mauritania (ORTM),[1] with programs and bulletins being broadcast from ORTM's studios.[2] Color television was introduced in 1984.

Television de Mauritania became autonomous from Radio Mauritanie on 10 July 1984, starting then to broadcast independently from its own studios.[2] In 1990, TVM became a public establishment of an industrial and commercial nature (EPIC) in 1990, later changing to a public establishment of an administrative nature (EPA) in 1991.[3]

TVM started broadcasting on the Arabsat's satellites in October 1992 for four and a half hours a day, with it later expanding to 10 hours in June 1997 and 24 hours in late 2005.[3] TVM first started broadcasting on Arabsat-2A, with it later using Badr-4 around 2004 in order to reach a wider audience in the Middle East and Africa, where it has been broadcasting since.[2]

TVM was an associate member of the European Broadcasting Union from 2003 to 2013.[4][5][6]

On 13 October 2007 TVM launched a second channel branded as TVM Plus, now known as El Mouritaniya 2.[2][7]

In 2015 a project to create an educational TV channel broadcasting university lectures in cooperation with the University of Nouakchott was presented by the Minister of Higher Education, albeit it didn't finally launch.[8]

On 26 October 2017, the Council of Ministers agreed on creating a sports and a cultural channel: Arriadia was launched on 28 November 2017 (Independence Day),[9] while Athagavia was launched on 1 December 2017 during the Ancient Cities Festival held in Tichitt.[10]

In April 2019, the religious TV channel El Mahadra was transferred from Radio Mauritanie to TVM, justified on the government's intention to include El Mahadra as part of TVM's package and to benefit it from "the technical expertise of national television". On 31 March 2023 the Mauritanian government announced it started to work on retransferring the TV channel to Radio Mauritanie after years of dispute between TVM and Radio Mauritanie,[11] with it being effective on 12 April 2023.[12]

On 3 May 2019 Al Barlemania (Parliament TV) was launched, being the first dedicated legislative broadcaster from the Maghreb. It is jointly managed with the National Assembly, broadcasting from its headquarters.[13]

Corporate identity

Current television channels

See also


  1. ^ Al-Sheikh, Mohammed (2020). "Media in Mauritania: Challenges and Development". In Miladi, Noureddine; Mellor, Noha (eds.). Routledge Handbook on Arab Media. Routledge. ISBN 9780367628970.
  2. ^ a b c d "عن المؤسسة" [About the institution]. (in Arabic). Television of Mauritania. Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  3. ^ a b "ورقة تعريفية" [Introduction sheet]. (in Arabic). Television of Mauritania. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  4. ^ "Associate Members". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 19 October 2002.
  5. ^ "EBU.CH: Associate Members and Approved Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 12 December 2007.
  6. ^ "EBU – Members". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014.
  7. ^ Ould Aly, Ahmed Jiddou (11 October 2007). "Mauritanie: TVM Plus arrive!" [Mauritania: TVM Plus is coming!]. (in French). Aid Association for Widows and Orphans of Mauritania (AVOMM). Retrieved 22 August 2023.
  8. ^ "الترخيص لإطلاق أول قناة تلفزيونية تعليمية في موريتانيا" [License to launch the first educational TV channel in Mauritania]. (in Arabic). 30 September 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2023.
  9. ^ "الإعلان عن قناة موريتانية متخصصة في الرياضة" [Announcement of a Mauritanian channel specialized in sports]. (in Arabic). 12 November 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2023.
  10. ^ "ولد عبد العزيز يشرف على إطلاق النسخة السابعة من مهرجان المدن القديمة ويطلق قناة ثقافية" [Ould Abdel Aziz supervises the launch of the seventh edition of the Ancient Cities Festival and launches a cultural channel]. Sadanatou Al Harf (in Arabic). 1 December 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2023.
  11. ^ "إذاعة موريتانيا بصدد استعادة قناة المحظرة من الموريتانية" [Radio Mauritania is in the process of restoring the El Mahadra channel from TVM]. (in Arabic). 31 March 2023. Retrieved 23 August 2023.
  12. ^ "قناة المحظرة تبدأ بثها من الإذاعة بعد نقل تبعيتها" [El Mahadra channel starts broadcasting from the radio after transferring its dependency]. (in Arabic). 12 April 2023. Retrieved 23 August 2023.
  13. ^ "موريتانيا تطلق قناة تلفزيونية خاصة بالبرلمان" [Mauritania launches a television channel for the Parliament]. The New Arab (in Arabic). 3 May 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2023.