Horn Cable TV

HQs: Hargeysa

Coverage: International (Via Satellite and live webstream)

Website:www.hctv.tv | Facebook: Facebook | Twitter: @HornCableTV1

Horn Cable TV is a privately owned television station that was founded in 2003. The TV station’s headquarters is in Hargeisa, Somaliland, but it also has an office/studio in Mogadishu, Nairobi and London. Horn Cable TV covers whole parts of Somalia and broadcast 24/7 to Africa, Europe, Asia and parts of Australia by satellite. The channel is also available as a live webstream on the internet (wwwhctv.tv). Its programming includes news and current affairs, drama, music, business, political debates and religious programmes. HCTV is more popular in Somaliland than its two main competitors, Universal TV and Somali Channel and claims to have the largest staff operating in the Horn of any Somali media outlet with an estimated 90 reporters on the ground throughout Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. The TV station (Mogadihsu Branch) employs is 20 staff. It receives incomes from advertisement.

Horn Cable TV is owned by a young businessman called Farhan Haji Ali; a Somali-American, owner of the FAACO.

HCTV is regarded as largely neutral, balanced and reliable, and is popular throughout Somalia, though it is often accused of taking a pro-Somaliland approach.

Somali Media Mapping report