Launched 27 March 2006 (2006-03-27)
Owned by Atresmedia
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
1080p25 (HDTV 16:9)
Audience share 7.7% (march 2015, )
Slogan Power
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters San Sebastián de los Reyes and Barcelona
Sister channel(s) Antena 3
Antena 3 HD
laSexta HD
Digital Mux 67
Canal+ Channel 16
Euskaltel Channel 6
R Channel 76
Telecable Channel 6
Vodafone TV Channel 6
Movistar TV Channel 6
Orange TV Channel 6

laSexta (Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈse(k)sta], "The Sixth") is the sixth nationwide broadcast television station in Spain. It is privately owned and began broadcasting in 2006. The channel's programming is generalist, however, there is an emphasis on humour and entertainment. The channel is also known for its large quantity of American and sports programming, and in the last years, it's becoming more and more acknowledged due to the wide covering of political events, such as elections, which include extensive debate through 3 key programmes: Al rojo vivo (Red-hot), El objetivo (The lens) and Salvados (Saved). The political alignment of its news and debate programs is left-wing.[1]

In 2012 the channel was acquired by Grupo Antena 3, currently named Atresmedia Televisión.[2]


laSexta programming has included Zapeando, Sé lo que hicisteis..., My Name Is Earl, The Office, Law & Order, The Sopranos, NCIS, The King of Queens, Entourage, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, Futurama, Bones, 30 Rock, The Mentalist, Eleventh Hour, Prison Break and The Walking Dead.


laSexta currently broadcasts in 16:9 for most programming although they still use 4:3 for a minority of programming including films and older series.


2006–2007 2007–2008 2008-2016 Since 2016


La Sexta got the broadcast license on 25 November 2005. It began testing the broadcast on 12 December, shortly before knowing the analog frequencies assigned to Madrid and Barcelona.

On 23 December, broadcasts started in Madrid and Barcelona, expanding later to all Spain.

Starting 23 January 2006 they began broadcasting a promotional video. 20 February marked the start of content emissions testing. Actual broadcasts started with documentaries (Champions, Natura) and programs dedicated to tuning, like 'Tuning Mania'. From 22 February, La Sexta broadcast twelve hours of programming every day.

On 2 March, a football match between Croatia and Argentina was the occasion for the first live broadcast. Five days before the actual date, José Miguel Contreras announced the official starting date, 27 March, on the 'Círculo de Bellas Artes'.


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