Monaco profile

Award winners at the closing ceremony of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Monaco hosts the annual Monte Carlo TV Festival, first held in 1961 to encourage a ''new art form''

The influence of Monaco's broadcast media extends far beyond the borders of the tiny state. From the 1960s Radio Monte-Carlo used powerful transmitters to reach listeners across much of France, and in the 1970s broadcasts to Italy began. Radio Monte-Carlo now has extensive FM networks in both countries.

Monte-Carlo Doualiya - a service for the Arab world set up in 1972 - is now based in Paris and operated by Radio France Internationale.

Television's great and good gather in Monaco every year for the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, set up in 1961 by Prince Rainier.

No daily newspapers are published in Monaco, but French papers cover news from the principality.

There were 30,700 internet users by June 2012 (Internetworldstats).

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