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Launched November 7, 2005
Owned by Gestevisión Telecinco
(Mediaset 40%; PRISA 18%)
Audience share 7.8% (, )
Country Spain
Analogue Channel 4
Digital Mux 67
Digital+ Channel 4 and 14
R Dial 74
Euskaltel 4
Telecable 4
Imagenio 4
Orange TV 4
Jazztelia TV 4

Cuatro ("Four") is a Spanish private television channel, on air since November 2005. Owned by Gestevisión Telecinco, it is broadcast on the TV frequencies licensed to the previous owner Sogecable in 1990 and previously used by them for the analogue transmission of its pay-per-view channel Canal+.



In 2006, Cuatro scored a massive coup by striking a deal with the Spanish Football Federation and Spain's national football team allowing it to show all of the team's matches, and it also concluded an agreement with rival channel La Sexta to share the rights to broadcast the games of general interest in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It snatched this licence from TVE, who had held the rights to the national team's matches for years. In 2008, together with satellite platform Digital+, owned by the same company, Cuatro secured the rights to broadcast the UEFA Euro 2008 championship[1], scoring the highest ratings in the history of Spanish television (since 1992)[2]. The 2 broadcasters also achieved rights for 2010 FIFA World Cup.


Telecinco-Cuatro merger

On December 18 of 2009, Mediaset, controlling shareholder of Gestevision Telecinco and PRISA, proprietor of Sogecable, presented an agreement to merge their channels of television (Telecinco and Cuatro).

After the merger, Cuatro and its broadcasting license Sogecable separated, and this company was purchased in full by Gestevision Telecinco. Along with this act, PRISA bought newly issued shares of Gestevision Telecinco, 18% of the equity of this company.

This agreement makes Gestevision Telecinco in the largest television network in Spain by audience share. In total the group has a total of seven channels, in Freeview: Telecinco, LaSiete, FactoríaDeFicción, CincoShop, Cuatro, 40 Latino and Canal Club.

The president of the resulting string (which will keep the brands and editorial of both chains) is Alejandro Echevarria, with two CEOs who are Paolo Vasile (Contents) and Giuseppe Tringali (Advertising). PRISA also has two CEOs and holds the vice presidency of the operator.

Prior to this agreement, formalized the entry of Mediaset in the shareholding of Digital +, with 22% of the shares.[3][4]


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  • Cuarto Milenio (English: Fourth Millennium). A mysteries' program directed by Iker Jiménez.
  • El Hormiguero (English: The Anthill). "Late-night" show for all the family, with Pablo Motos.
  • El Gran Quiz. Spanish version of The National Lottery People's Quiz
  • Éstas no son las noticias (English: This isn't the news). News parody
  • Factor X Spanish version of The X Factor
  • Fama a bailar a dance talent show.
  • Fifty Fifty. Quiz show, with Silvia Jato.
  • Las mañanas de Cuatro (English: Cuatro's mornings). Daytime magazine show, with Concha García Campoy.
  • Nada x aqui (English: Nothing around here). Magician show.
  • Noticias Cuatro 1 (English: Cuatro News 1). With Manu Carreño, Manolo Lama, Javier Ruiz and Mónica Sanz. News, sports, weather.
  • Noticias Cuatro 2 (English: Cuatro News 2). With Iñaki Gabilondo, Silvia Intxaurrondo and Manu Carreño.News, sports, weather.
  • Noticias Cuatro Fin de Semana (English: Cuatro News Weekend). With Miguel Ángel Oliver, Marta Reyero, Juanma Castaño and Nico Abad. News, sports, weather.
  • Password. Spanish version of the American game show.
  • Peking Express an adventure show.
  • Saturday Night Live Spanish version of American NBC's show "Saturday Night Live".

Former programmes



Current series

  • Hay alguien ahí (English: Is anyone there?).

Former series


Current series

Former series



Current series

  • Ajuste de Cuentas (English: Settlements).
  • El Encantador de Perros (Dog Whisperer) The American TV show dubbed in Spanish.
  • Fama ¡A Bailar! (English: Fame, let's dance). Spanish version of the Swedish TV show Floor Filler.
  • Granjero busca esposa. Spanish version of Farmer Wants a Wife.
  • Hermano Mayor. Spanish version of the French TV show "Le Grand Frère".
  • Pekín Express. Spanish version of the Dutch/Flemish show "Peking Express".
  • Supernanny (Spanish version).

Former series

Docu Shows

Current series

  • 21 Días (English: 21 Días).
  • Callejeros (English: Street Wanderers).
  • Callejeros Viajeros (English: Traveler Street Wanderers). Spin-off of "Callejeros".
  • Desafío Extremo (English: Extreme Challenge).
  • El Último Superviviente (Man vs. Wild) The British TV show dubbed in Spanish.

Former series

  • Benidorm
  • Hipodromo (English: Horse Racecourse).
  • Hospital.
  • Ola Ola (English: Wave Wave).
  • 1 Equipo (English: 1 Team).


  1. ^ Cuatro y Digital + emitirán en exclusiva la Eurocopa 2008 · ELPAÍ
  2. ^ Los penaltis de España - Italia, lo más visto de la historia de la televisión · Fó
  3. ^ Telecinco y Cuatro se fusionan para liderar la televisión en España El País, 18 de diciembre de 2009
  4. ^ Telecinco y Cuatro fusionarán sus operaciones Telecinco, 18 de diciembre de 2009
  5. ^ Fama 3 Official WebSite

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