Broadcasting since 1998, RCN Television airs exclusively in Colombia. The network's signal is the same all over the country and it's programming can be seen on 13 different stations. The channel has a 22-hour schedule which begins at 4 a.m. local time, as of 2015.
RCN Television started as a production company and did not become a television channel until 1998, after it won the bid for a license to broadcast from the government of Colombia. After just two years of broadcasting, the channel was watched by 90 percent of Colombian audiences. The channel has since broadcast several telenovelas, such as the original version of "Ugly Betty," which was called "Yo Soy Betty la Fea."
RCN Television was the first company to ever broadcast a live program in color; the program was "Miss Colombia" in 1980. The company's main shareholder is Carlos Ardila Lulle, whose Organización Ardila Lülle is one of the leading conglomerates in the Colombian industry. RCN Television licenses its programming to over 120 countries worldwide, and in the United States it provides some of the most-watched Spanish-speaking shows, such as "El Capo," an action-oriented series. RCN Television also controls and produces three cable channels: Colombia TV, the international version of RCN Television; NTN24, a global 24-hour news network; and RCN Telenovelas, a channel that showcases RCN's telenovelas.