The Public Service Media (PSM) was formed as a public service company under the Public Service Media Act (9/2015) on 28th April 2015. PSM is the official State Media in the Maldives. The Public Service Media Act obligates PSM to provide television, radio and online media services to the general public; along with creating media personnel. PSM’s main responsibility is to create awareness among the public by providing up-to-date news and fact-based shows for infotainment.
The Maldivian traditions, culture, ideology and their values are the factors that shape the services provided by the Public Service Media. PSM strives to sustain the spirit of unity, peace and harmony in the society. The Public Service Media reserves the right through the Public Service Media Act to provide their services for commercial benefits; having given their public services freely to the citizens. Currently, PSM Owns, TVM, YES TV, PSM News, Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu, Dhivehi FM, Majlis Channel, Munnaaru TV and PSM Connect along with various online platforms for these products and services.
Prior to the formation of PSM, Maldives Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) was tasked with the operation of the Public Service Broadcaster from 14th February 2012 till 27 April 2015. Preceding that, the state media was operated under the umbrella of Maldives National Broadcasting Corporation (MNBC) from 22nd December 2008 to 13 February 2012. Until 2008, the State Radio and Television were operated as separate bodies. The Maldives introduced radio services on 29th December 1962, while the TV service began on 29th March 1978.