Portugal has a lot of varieties in their mass media. In the 20th century the media was given censorship, but in 1976 the government assured free speech and freedom of the press. Media in Portugal was in censorship until 1976, the government abolished censorship and allowed free speech and absolute freedom of the press. In the past few years, print media in Portugal has lost its readers and advertisements. The number of publications and circulations also decreased. There was a drop of 31.1 percent in the overall circulation of the free press between 2004 and 2014. Now there are 28 daily newspapers and 242 non-daily newspapers. Correio da Manhã and Jornal de Notícias are the two most widely read newspaper in Portugal.
The first one has entered the television business with a successful cable TV channel, the CMTV. Some other newspapers are A Bola, Destak, Jornal de Letras, O Jogo, Expresso and many more. Most of the newspapers with great circulation are unified with large economic groups like Cofina Media, Global Media Group, Newsplex, etc.
Portugal has a pretty good number of radio stations. In 2016, there were 332 radio stations, including six national, two international, five regional, one regional and local and 318 local radio stations. There are now 221 radio stations. Among the confined program services, 66 are musical; six are specialized in news, five targeting a specific sector of the public, one cultural, one focused on university life and the rest 251 are the generalist.
Some of the public radio stations are Antena 1, Antena 2, Antena 3, RDP Açores, RDP Antena 1 Madeira, RDP Antena 3 Madeira, RDP International, and RDP África. In a recent survey, it was found out that 73% of the people who were surveyed listen to radio every day and the time was 3 hours and 13 minutes. The car radio is the most popular in Portugal.
Television has always been a trusted and dominant medium for the Portuguese. It was first introduced in 1956 by Radiotelevisão Portuguesa which is now known as Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. The official entity for measuring television audiences in Portugal is GfK which measured that in 2016, the people watched television for 4 hours and 47 minutes on average. There are 62 television stations. Two of the broadcasters are public known as RTP1, and RTP2 one is privately known as SIC owned by a prominent Social Democrat. Some of the television channels are ARTV, TVI, RTP1, RTP2, RTP3, etc. These are public channels. RTP Açores (published in the Azores) and RTP Madeira (published in RTP Madeira) are the two regional television channels. The Portuguese people are also pretty interested in pay TV and have access to it.
Some Portuguese individuals with internet access is 2,500,000. Facebook and Hi5 are the two most social networking sites used for private messaging, contacting friends and sharing videos and photographs. At the moment, in Portugal, there are 4.7 million users on Facebook and 2.5 million users on Hi5. Businesses and researchers are very comfortable using Google+ as Gmail is very reliable for the Portuguese internet communities.