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SIC (Portuguese TV channel)

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Sociedade Independente de Comunicação Logo 2018.png
Broadcast areaPortugal
HeadquartersPaço de Arcos, Oeiras, Lisbon
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i for the SDTV feed)
Sister channelsSIC Notícias
SIC Radical
SIC Mulher
SIC Caras
SIC Internacional
SIC Internacional África
Launched6 October 1992; 29 years ago (1992-10-06)
TDTChannel 3 (SD)
Streaming media
SIC Online

SIC (acronym of full name Sociedade Independente de Comunicação) ("Independent Communication Society") is a Portuguese television network and media company, which runs several television channels. Their flagship channel is the eponymous SIC, the third terrestrial television station in Portugal, launched on 6 October 1992. SIC is owned by Impresa, a Portuguese media conglomerate. It is one of the two private free-to-air channels in Portugal, among the seven terrestrial free-to-air channels broadcasting from the country. It too, is the most-watched channel in Portugal from 1995 to 2005, and again from 2019 to today.

Other channels operated by SIC carried on satellite and cable TV in Portugal are:


The first version of SIC's logo, used until 6 October 1997.
The first version of SIC's logo, used until 6 October 1997.

SIC was registered as a company in 1987, however the channel didn't make it to air until 1992. At the time, Granada Television owned a 20% interest in SIC, whilst Impala, Expresso and Projornal owned the rest. Granada left the company as Rede Globo had acquired a large portion of the venture. Granada later merged with Carlton to form ITV plc.

SIC is the first private television channel to operate in Portugal.[1] Regular transmissions started in 1992, broadcasting from studios in Carnaxide, Oeiras (west of Lisbon).[1] In its first years of existence, SIC was owned by a consortium led by Francisco Pinto Balsemão, and backed by Controljornal (now Impresa Jornais, a holding that contains Impresa's newspapers and magazines), TSF, Rádio Comercial, Lusomundo, Expresso, Impala Editores, and Rede Globo. SIC was also the first TV channel to acquire huge audiences in just a few years of existence, overtaking the once-dominant RTP1 by 1995. The most watched programmes in Portugal belong to SIC, which reflect the creativity and sense of innovation of the channel.

SIC became widely known in Europe not only for achieving high viewing figures just two to three years after launching, but for also being the subject of an Arte documentary, "Cette Télévision est la Vôtre" (directed by Mariana Otero).

In 2005, the channel lost its reign in ratings to TVI. For the next fourteen years (save for 2007 and from 2009 to 2010 when RTP1 took that position), it would stay at second place before finally recapturing the number 1 spot in 2019. Also in 2019, SIC relocated its headquarters and studios from Carnaxide into a new building in Paço de Arcos, shared with its parent company Impresa.

Nowadays, SIC has a programming largely based on talk shows, Brazilian soap operas produced by Globo, Portuguese soaps, game shows and sketch shows. Like the other major broadcaster, TVI, SIC airs international TV series such as Criminal Minds, the various CSI series and Entourage always after 1 a.m. SIC also relies largely on Globo productions, due to an exclusivity contract which obligates SIC to broadcast every soap opera produced.[citation needed] In-house productions include occasional reality shows and comedy sketch shows, which include Malucos do Riso, a long-running series with focus on dramatized jokes, and Gato Fedorento.



Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
06.00 Edição da Manhã - breakfast news show
09.00 Alô Portugal
10.15 Casa Feliz
13.00 Primeiro Jornal - afternoon newscast
14.45 Linha Aberta com Hernâni Carvalho
16.20 Júlia - talk show
18:15 Viver a Vida
20.00 Jornal da Noite - SIC's flagship newscast
21.50 Amor, Amor
22.30 A Serra
23.30 Tempo de Amar
01.00 Various U.S. TV series and Magazines
03.00 'Perfeito Coração' - Portuguese telenovela (rerun)
04.00 Televendas - infomercials
Saturday Sunday
05.55 Etnias Televendas
06.30 Manhãs de Animação - kids block
09.00 Olhó Baião - Talk-show
12.00 Nosso Mundo - documentaries Vida Selvagem
13.00 Primeiro Jornal - SIC's flagship newscast
14.00 Alta Definição Fama Show
14.55 E-Especial
15.35 Various Movies
20.00 Jornal da Noite - SIC's flagship newscast
21.45 Paixão - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera) DivertidaMente
22.30 Espelho d'Água - Portuguese telenovela (soap opera)
23:55 A Força do Querer
00.50 various tv shows/movies
04.00 Televendas


  • Casa Feliz (Happy House)
  • Júlia
  • Episódio Especial (Special Episode)
  • Fama Show (Fame Show)

Family entertainment

Soap operas


TV series


SIC Kids

In 2006, started to broadcast the block "SIC Kids", broadcasting a few hours later the block "Disney Kids" (the featured, and still features, only Disney programming).

Live shows

  • Globos de Ouro (Golden Globes)
  • Parabéns, SIC ("Happy Birthday, SIC", literally "Congratulations"—airs when it's SIC's birthday)


Exclusive broadcasting rights

Co-shared broadcasting rights

New SIC Porto headquarters

On the day of SIC's 19th anniversary, media group Impresa opened the new headquarters of SIC Porto. It is located in Matosinhos on the site of the old slaughterhouse. In addition to SIC Porto, it also holds newsrooms from other Imprensa publications like Expresso Journal, Visão and Caras magazines, the web portal and company of geolocation and digital content Infoportugal.[2]


  1. ^ a b "A Good Impres[a]sion from Portuguese Media" (PDF). Equity Research. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  2. ^ SIC took the nineteenth anniversary to launch new studies at Matosinhos (in Portuguese) October 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2012

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