Telefe, short for Televisión Federal, is one of the main broadcast television networks in Argentina. It also operates regional channels, streaming services, and a pay-TV service, Telefe International, with subscribers in 17 countries. This entry discusses the history of Telefe, its programming, and its ownership.

By the 1970s, about three quarters of the population in Argentina had access to television. When Telefe was launched in 1989, the country had 42 other TV stations and 92% of households had at least one TV set. Telefe was among the most watched stations from the start, competing for the title of top-ranked station with Channel 13. Both TV stations were soon part of major Argentinean media conglomerates: Citicorp Equity Investment—Telefónica and Clarín Group, respectively. Both conglomerates controlled TV networks, ...

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