It is current headquarters are located in San Sebastián de Los Reyes, near Madrid. Antena 3 is listed as the third channel on television sets throughout Spain, except certain autonomous communities where the autonomous television station occupies channel 3.
It was originally launched on 25 January 1988 as Canal 10 España, but that channel was closed down on 1 September 1988 that same year. Later, the following year, it was replaced by a new channel called Antena 3 which was launched on Christmas Day, 25 December 1989 when it began test transmissions, and then later, it commenced its official broadcasts throughout Spain exactly one month later on 25 January 1990 with a program fronted by journalist Miguel Ángel Nieto, thus becoming Spain's first nationwide private television station; before this, RTVE had a state monopoly.
Some of the most popular programmes broadcast by Antena 3 include Aquí no hay quien viva, Física o Química, El Barco, Los Protegidos, Los Simpson and El Internado. Some of its programmes, such as Física o Química and Tu cara me suena gained international success and many duplicate programmes were produced worldwide.