The music industry in Mexico is strongly tied to all media platforms. Aside from governmental media broadcasting at national, state and local networks, there are big private media groups that include radio, tv, print and web media among their brands.
FTA TV is dominated by two companies with national networks, TV Azteca and Televisa, the latter, with strong presence in radio and print/web media, and subsidiaries presenting pop artists. 93.3% of mexicans have a TV in their home, and 80.9% prefers FTA TV content as a source of entertainment (source)
Most important national TV Network – FTA TV
This network produces and broadcasts mainly soap operas and news, as well as US imported TV series and movies. TV UNAM and Canal 22 produce and broadcast news, tv series and documentaries including fine arts, mexican traditions and contemporary culture. Multimedios Television is focused on news.
Channels specialized in music / music videos – Cable TV
EXA TV – Specialized in latin and mexican pop, EDM and US pop.
Telehit – Specialized in latin and mexican pop, EDM and US pop.
RMS – Specialized in latin and hispanic pop.
Mexico has 20 radio networks broadcasting nationwide. Grupo Radiorama is the network with the biggest territory and market coverage, with 300+ radio stations in the country. Also there’s IMER (Mexican Institute of Radio), with 8 stations in CDMX and 12 in other states, and the System of Cultural Indigenous Broadcasters, making radio in their respective native tongues. This network hosts some of the most important regional radio stations specialized in music. (Note: There are no radio stations broadcasting nationwide, only by region, state or city). (Source)
Important Radio Chains
Grupo Radio Centro
Grupo Imagen Radio
Music-specific radio stations within IMER
Reactor (CDMX) – Reactor is the most important public radio broadcaster focused on alternative music, mexican and latin independent music and rock.
Opus (CDMX) – Focused on classical music and a dash of contemporary chamber music.
Horizonte (CDMX) – Focused on jazz.
Fusión (Baja California state) – Focused on jazz and pop classics.
Órbita (Chihuahua state) – The most important public radio broadcaster in the Northwest focused on alternative music, mexican and latin independent music and rock.
Notable music-specific radio stations
RMX (Broadcasting in 5 cities & 1 region: Guadalajara, Ciudad de México, San Luis Potosí, San Miguel, Celaya, Riviera Maya). One of the most important alternative/indie rock brroadcasters in the country.
Exa, Alfa and Los 40 represent the most important radio broadcasters focused on pop music, major label artists and market trends such as reggaeton and EDM.
Alfa (Broadcasting in 2 cities: Ciudad de México, Monterrey).
Los 40 (Broadcasting in 20 states)
Exa (Broadcasting in 69 radio stations nationwide).
College radio stations with music-specific content
Ibero Radio (CDMX) This is the most important radio broadcaster for mexican alternative and global independent music.
Radio UNAM (CDMX) Although the main content is focused on academic and social topics, it has a special programme called Resistencia Modulada, presenting alternative/independent music from México in live shows.
Radio UDG (Guadalajara) With a heavy content focused on independent, alternative music from México and Latin America, as well as the local scene.
Radio BUAP (Puebla) With a heavy content focused on independent, alternative music from México and Latin America, as well as the local scene.
UABC Radio (Baja California) With a heavy content focused on independent, alternative music from México and Latin America, as well as the local scene.
Internet Radio / Podcasting
*A quartet of music-specific sites that focus on album reviews, festival reports, artist interviews and live reviews*
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A selection of music-specific sites that focus on album reviews, festival reports, artist interviews and live reviews.
Filter México – Noted web magazine focusing on alternative/heavy/dark music.
Me Hace Ruido – Music blog focusing on live shows.
Noisey MX – Noted music magazine creating original content about the alternative/independent sectors in Mexico and Latin America.
Voodoo – Music blog focused on local and national alternative/independent music.
Plop Radio – Music blog focused on local and national alternative/independent music.
Sopitas Musica – Music blog focused on live shows.
Tono TV – One of the most relevant concert photographers in Mexico.
Thump MX – Notable music magazine creating original content about the dance/electronic sectors in Mexico and Latin America.
Rockets – Notable music magazine creating original content about the techno/clubbing sectors in Mexico and Latin America.
Comunidad Electrónica – Music blog focused on live shows and electronic parties.
Be-Tronic – Music blog focused on live shows and electronic parties.
DJ Concept – Music magazine focused on DJ and clubbing culture.
National newspapers with music-specific sections
La Jornada – Sunday special is focused on music critic, with columns and reviews.
Milenio – Saturday editions includes music focused columns and articles.
El Economista – Art sections covers music with a market/economic angle.
Reforma – Art and entertainment sections covers music focused on mainstream pop and official culture.
National magazines with noted music-specific sections
Chilango – With special reports covering local music agents and artists, as well as concert calendar.
La Tempestad – Magazine specialized in art and philosophy, covering independent/experimental music.
Gato Pardo – Art and contemporary culture magazine with music reviews and artist profiles.
Yaconic – Specialized in art and culture agenda, with reviews, interviews and specials in Mexican and local music.
Nexos – With a special music sections with articles, reviews and columns.
Every year the number of print magazines gets smaller. This are some music-specific publication still in national circulation.
Music:Life – Specialized in studio and live music, as well as production and market aspects.
Indie Rocks! Magazine – data pnmi – Specialized in alternative/independent music.
Revista Marvin – data sicmx – Specialized in alternative/independent music.
Warp – data pnmi – Specialized in alternative/independent music.
Revista Kuadro – Specialized in alternative/independent music.
Ritmo Urbano – Specialized in hip hop and urban music.
Rolling Stone – data pnmi – Specialized in alternative/independent music.