87 print outlets, 34 radio stations and 10 TV channels are active in Morocco. Mobile subscriptions reached in 2016 a penetration rate of 122% and while 34% of Internet users are present on the leading social media platform Facebook.
Despite the opening of the media sector to private companies with the end of the State monopoly over media in 2006, the Moroccan State is still heavily present in the broadcasting sector.
The state heavily present through the state-owned company SNRT and the private-public company SOREAD, together representing 32.35% of total radio audience. Furthermore, since the ‘liberalisation’ process started in 2006, licenses were given out to two well known media figures - Charai for Med Radio, Lahlou MFM Radio network while the rest of surveyed radio licences, they were given out to small entities, where infotainment represents the majority of their airtime.
The same two companies, SOREAD and SNRT, have held a quad-monopoly of the TV sector. Amongst them, they concentrate 47.41% of television audiences.
The print sector is divided between an Arabic-language press mainly constituted of small print companies, reaching 72.26% of the surveyed readership and the French language print papers, less popular (20.67% of the surveyed audience) and addressed to the elite, under life support. The online sector is fragmented in terms of ownerships as only 21% of the surveyed online medias belong to a large media group.