Maldives, is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean consisting of 1192 islands, of which 198 islands are inhabited, making it one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries with an average ground level of 1.5 meters above sea level. These facts clearly depict the challenges in the movement of the people and the threat of the inevitable sea level rise. This being the situation, TV and Radio plays a vital role in informing, educating and entertaining the Maldivians. During the Asian Tsunami of 2004, when all communications were down, TV Maldives — the national TV and “Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu” the medium wave radio channel, was the life line of the country. A month-long continuous coverage helped bring people out of the panic and chaos and return to normalcy in a short term.
From 2004, Maldives took a big step towards democracy allowing multi-party to operate for the first time in Maldivian history. With this change the law makers saw the importance of having a public service broadcaster in the country and thus Maldives Broadcasting Corporation was formed with the ratification of the Maldives Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Act in 2010.
MBC changed its name to Public Service Media (PSM)in April 2015 after a new law enforcement by the Parliament.
Today, PSM holds two TV channels (TV Maldives and Dhivehi TV) and two Radio channels (Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu and Dhivehi FM) with a rich history of 50 years of Radio broadcasting and 34 years of TV broadcasting in the country. PSM will prevail as a professional broadcaster with all the attributes of PSB guaranteeing its independence from political, economic or financial interference