Bhutan Times is the first private newspaper of Bhutan started in April 2006. The paper was started as an English language weekly published on Sunday. In December 2007, the paper became a bi-weekly published on Wednesday and Sunday. The paper is now weekly again and is published on Sunday.
Bhutan Times became a public limited company in January 2007 with the promoters holding about 66 percent of the shares and the rest of the shares owned by the public.
The paper is based in Thimphu and circulated in both print and PDF copies. The paper’s website www.bhutantimes.org is currently down.
Bhutan Today was started in October 2008 as a national daily. The English language paper later became a bi-weekly published on Wednesday and Saturday. In June 2017, it became a weekly published on Sunday.
Kuensel, Bhutan’s first bilingual newspaper, was started in 1965 as a government bulletin. It became the country’s first weekly in 1986 published in Dzongkha, English, and Lhotsham languages.
A royal decree issued by His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo delinked Kuensel from the government in 1992 making it an autonomous corporation. Fifty-one percent of Kuensel is owned by the government and 49 percent by private shareholders.
Based in Thimphu, Kuensel is circulated in both print and PDF copies. Kuensel is online at www.kuenselonline.com
Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) was launched on 11 November 1973 as Radio NYAB by a group of young volunteers of the National Youth Association of Bhutan. In 1979 Radio NYAB was merged with the Information Department under the Ministry of Communications. BBS Television service was launched on 2 June 1999 coinciding with the Silver Jubilee celebration of the reign of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. BBS runs the only television channel and the biggest radio station in the country. Two channels of BBS TV broadcast news and programmes in Dzongkha and English. BBS radio is broadcast in four languages of Dzongkha, English, Tshangla, and Lhotshamkha. BBS is online at www.bbs.bt
Kuzoo is a youth based radio station headquartered in Thimphu. It is the first project implemented under the People’s Project of His Majesty’s Secretariat. The inaugural broadcast was aired on 26 September 2006. Kuzoo Radio was branched into 2 stations – English and Dzongkha on 21 August 2007. Kuzoo Radio is Bhutan’s second largest radio station with coverage of all 20 dzongkhags. Kuzoo FM is online at www.kuzoofm.com
Radio Valley is the first private FM radio station in Bhutan launched on 12 April 2007. The FM 99.9 radio station is a commercial English- and Dzongkha-medium entertainment, music and information radio station targeted to an informed audience in the 15-45 age groups. The station transmits 24-hours. Radio Valley also launched the first ever Bhutanese internet radio station www.cafebhutan.com
Yiga Radio started on 17 December 2013 coinciding with the celebration of 106th National Day of Bhutan. It is currently broadcast in Thimphu and Gelephu. It aims to offer the best of entertainment along with education.
Yiga radio has programmes for all age groups. The team in Yiga Radio has experience in producing radio drama, social awareness programme, radio documentaries, and jingles. Yiga Radio is online at www.yigaradio.bt