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Lithuania profile - Media

  • 20 April 2016
  • From the section Europe
Lithuanian news website Image copyright Izinios.lt
Image caption Lithuanian media are free to operate independently of the state

Lithuania's private TV and radio stations compete with popular public networks run by Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT).

TV is the top medium. There are more than 50 stations, including digital terrestrial, cable and internet networks.

The popularity of print media is on the wane, reflecting a global trend. Some former print titles have relocated online.

Media ownership is concentrated among a small number of domestic and foreign companies.

Although the media are free and operate independently of the state, anti-Western rhetoric from Russian media targeting the Baltic states has prompted tighter controls.

Lithuania has imposed fines and rebroadcasting bans on some Russian TVs, and legislation adopted in 2015 makes "war propaganda" sanctions easier to impose.

By 2016 there were 2.2 million internet users - around 77% of the population (Internetlivestats.com). Around 1.4 million Lithuanians use Facebook.

The BBC World Service broadcasts in Vilnius on 95.5 FM.

The press

Television

Radio

News agencies/internet