Cadena SER

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Cadena SER
Station logo
El poder de la voz
(German: The power of the voice )
Radio station ( private )
Program type Full program
reception analog and digital , terrestrial , cable , satellite , live stream
Reception area SpainSpain Spain Andorra
Start of transmission November 14, 1924
Seat Madrid
owner PRISA (Promotora de Informaciones SA)
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Cadena SER is the largest and at the same time oldest radio station in Spain . At its headquarters in Madrid it goes back to Unión Radio , which was founded towards the end of 1924 . After the Spanish Civil War, the station was named Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión (Spanish Broadcasting Company), SER for short. In 2009, Cadena SER was regularly heard by around 4.8 million people. The broadcaster is majority-owned by the media group PRISA , which also includes the largest Spanish daily newspaper El País and other radio and television stations such as Canal + .

Cadena SER's programming includes news, sports, debates, entertainment and culture and is available throughout Spain. The station's main studio is located on Gran Vía in Madrid . There are also several local studios, from which regional news is broadcast around two hours a day.


Spain's first radio network was established in November 1926 due to the takeover of Radio Barcelona (start of broadcast: November 1924) by Unión Radio Madrid (start of broadcast: June 1925). In 1928 the network consisted of the stations EAJ-7 Unión Radio (Madrid), EAJ-1 Radio Barcelona, ​​EAJ-3 Radio Cádiz, EAJ-5 Radio Club Sevillano, EAJ-8 Radio San Sebastián, EAJ-9 Radio Club Vizcaína (Bilbao ) and EAJ-22 Radio Salamanca.

During the Spanish Civil War , Unión Radio supported the Republicans and broadcast, for example, the speech by Dolores Ibárruri , in which she used the well-known slogan ¡No pasarán! coined.

After the war, the station was renamed SER and the news production was brought into line with the state broadcaster Radio Nacional de España, founded in 1937 . However, Cadena SER remained as a corporation privately owned and was under the Francoist censorship introduce certain innovations, such as the first Spanish radio radio plays . Shortly before General Franco's death in 1975, Cadena SER came into 25% state ownership, but after the introduction of freedom of information in 1977 she was able to produce her own news again.

1981 Cadena SER broadcast the coup of February 23rd live from the Spanish parliament building, where the inauguration of Prime Minister Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo was supposed to be broadcast. In 1984 the PRISA group took over the majority of the shares in Cadena SER, in 1992 the government under Felipe González privatized the remaining state share. Like the other PRISA media, Cadena SER is considered to be left-wing liberal and close to the socialist party PSOE . There were therefore repeated clashes with the second largest Spanish radio station COPE , which is owned by the Spanish Bishops' Conference and is close to the conservative PP . For example, the Cadena SER's reporting on the Madrid train attacks was controversial , in which, on the one hand, it uncovered the misinformation of the PP government under José María Aznar at an early stage , and on the other hand it itself distributed information about an alleged suicide bomber, which later turned out to be incorrect .

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