RCN reaches 97% of the Colombian population through 13 stations. Its main shareholder is Carlos Ardila Lülle.
RCN Television was created as a part of RCN Radio, who was owned by entrepreneurs from Antioquia. In 1967 RCN Radio took part in the bidding for spaces in the official television network, getting one hour a day which was distributed into two series: one made in Colombia named El Hogar (The Home) and the American television series Bewitched. In 1973 RCN radio and so its subsidiary RCN Television were purchased by Carlos Ardila Lülle who three years later relaunch RCN as a television production company with several spaces into the official channels schedule. RCN was the first company who broadcasted a television program in color and live. This program was the Miss Colombia beauty contest, since that year RCN had hold the rights to broadcast this event.
RCN produce television series with high remembrance within the viewers like Cusumbo and El Taita in 1984, which was the first Colombian telenovela filmed in exterior locations. In August, 1988, RCN becomes part of OTI Colombia, so it gains the rights to broadcast the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.
Along with Caracol TV and RTI, RCN becomes one of the major television production companies in Colombia, producing not only telenovelas, game shows, but also sports events and news. Nevertheless the telenovelas gave to RCN an outstanding recognition, first in Latin America and in places so distant as Vietnam and Hungary. Among this productions were La Potra Zaina, Las Juanas and the international hit Café, con aroma de mujer, which not only have been broadcasted in several countries across the globe but it has been remade several times, being Destilando Amor the newest version. Within the lot of stuff produced in the 90s there was productions like La Otra Raya del Tigre, La Vorágine, La Casa de las dos Palmas, Azucar, Momposina and Hombres, all of them raising parts of the Colombian culture and showing it to the world.
In 1995 the Colombian government opened a bidding for two private television networks, each one operating with one channel. RCN took part of this bidding, getting one of the two licenses, the other one was for Caracol TV. In 1997 started the construction of the infrastructure to launch the television channel. The 10th of July, 1998, RCN aired for the first time as private channel. In this first stage, RCN launched two telenovelas -La Madre and Carolina Barrantes- and improved the news bulletins, nevertheless the first year RCN -and also Caracol- just got a little part of the television viewers in Colombia, because the broadcasting infrastructure was not complete and because the production companies which remained in the official channels launched a solid strategy to keep the viewers. Just in the second semester of 1999 and the first one of 2000, RCN and its rival network Caracol got to beat the public channels taking more of the 90 percent of the viewers. RCN firsts hits were Francisco El Matemático (Francisco, the mathematics guy), a teenagers-oriented series, aired on Saturdays night, but thanks to its succes was moved to prime time Mondays to Fridays; and El Fiscal (The Attorney) an action oriented series.
Since the success of Francisco El Matemático and El Fiscal, RCN launched successful telenovelas in 2001 which let it take the first place in the colombian most watched networks, these telenovelas were Me Llaman Lolita (My Name is Lolita) and Yo soy Betty, la Fea, that became the most successful telenovela ever in Colombia, topping Café con aroma de mujer.
Following the international trend, RCN launched in 2003 its first Reality Show: Protagonistas de Novela, which became the most watched show that year in Colombia, its second season despite not getting the amount of viewers that the first season got, kept the first place in the most watched shows in Colombia. Following Protagonistas de Novelas, RCN launched La Isla de los Famosos (a Colombian version of Survivor), which became the most watched show in RCN in 2004, and the second season named Una Aventura Pirata (A pirate adventure) got again the place of most watched show in Colombia. The RCN's telenovelas those years were kind of middle quality, not until with the launching of Los Reyes (a Colombian version of Argentinian series Los Roldán) and Fernando Gaitan's Hasta que la plata nos separe (Until money do us apart) that a telenovela from RCN got high ratings to become the most watched show in Colombia. But despite those years the telenovelas did not put the network in the first place, the colombian version of X Factor did it, becoming the show number one in Colombia in 2006, with two seasons, and a third and a fourth named Factor XS, where the competitors are kids instead of adults. RCN gained some criticism against the fact the network was getting ratings from the use of kids in a reality show, but the parents of the kids dismissed this affirmation.
In July 2008, RCN became the first TV network in Colombia to offer English language newscasts. RCN News in English is available on the internet at 7am and 7pm ET Monday through Friday through the network's internet site. It is anchored and produced by veteran Miami TV personality Brian Andrews from the RCN studios in Bogota.
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|Monday to Thursday||RCN News||Aquí no hay quien viva||La Dama de Troya||Novia para Dos||El Último Matrimonio Feliz||Noticias RCN|
|Friday||RCN News||Aquí no hay quien viva||Mujeres Asesinas||El Último Matrimonio Feliz||Noticias RCN|
|Saturday||Futbol Manía RCN||Duro contra el muro||Sin Retorno||Pintela Como Quiera|