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Radio Nacional

Radio Nacional was founded in 1937 under the name “Radio Del Estado” (the Government’s Radio). Since then, it has been always under the control of the Executive Power. Currently, it belongs to Radio y Televisión S.E. and is managed by Argentina’s Federal System of Media and Public Content, led by Hernán Lombardi, who was directly appointed by President Mauricio Macri. As part of a nationwide, State-owned and radiobroadcasting system, Radio Nacional AM 870 belongs to a network comprised of 49 radio stations located across Argentina (each of them with single AM and FM frequencies), as well as another three music only radio stations in the city of Buenos Aires (Clásica, Folklórica and Rock).

Since Radio Nacional belongs to a State-owned broadcasting system, its editorial line and management are highly dependent on the National Executive Power. This has traditionally led to the governmentalization of the contents and management of Radio Nacional. As a result, it is very difficult for the radio station to build a sustained audience along time. As hosts and editors-in chief change quite often, the programming tends to vary with the changes in the country’s leadership. Nevertheless, the radio station features mostly a journalistic programming and does not share its hosts with other media belonging to Argentina’s National Government. It is one of the radio stations with the largest number of female hosts in the country.

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Content Type

Free content

Active Transparency

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4 ♥

Media Companies / Groups

Federal System of Media and Public Content


Ownership Structure

Radio Nacional belongs to Argentina’s Federal System of Media and Public Content (SFMyCP), led by Hernán Lombardi. It is also part of Radio y Televisión Argentina Sociedad del Estado (RTA S.E.), managed by Miguel Pereira.

Individual Owner

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General Information

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Affiliated Interests Founder

Argentinian Government

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Hernán Lombardi

Lombardi served as official during Fernando De La Rúa’s administration. He also took part in Mauricio Macri’s administration when the latter was Major of the city of Buenos Aires. He is Director of the Federal System of Media and Public Content (SFMyCP) since 2015. He also had tourist businesses in the 1980s and 1990s.


Fernando Subirats


Maipú 555, CABA. TEL: 011 5278-9100

Financial Information

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Advertising (in % of total funding)

USD 114.392 (State advertising 2018)

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Meta Data

Audience share date by Kantar Ibope Media.


spada, Agustín (2018). “La radio porteña y su estructura de propiedad: análisis de las políticas de comunicación y de la estructura de una industria analógica (1983–2016)”. En Revista Austral Comunicación, Vol. 7, Nº1. Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires.
Ulanovsky, Carlos (2010). La Radio Nacional (1937-2010): voces de la historia. Buenos Aires, Colihue.

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