Kompas Gramedia Group

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Kompas Gramedia
Type Conglomerate
Founded June 28, 1965
Founder(s) P. K. Ojong and Jakob Oetama
Headquarters Jakarta, Indonesia
Area served Indonesia
Key people Jakob Oetama, President Director
Agung Adiprasetyo, CEO
Website www.kompasgramedia.com

Kompas Gramedia is the largest media conglomerate in Indonesia.


After the success of the magazine Intisari (released 17 August 1963), P. K. Ojong and Jakob Oetama launched a national newspaper called Kompas. The newspaper's first issue was released on 28 June 1965.[1]

Their aim was to breach the huge gap in daily news and information that that was lacking at that time. Kompas has since become a large circulation newspaper with an audited circulation in 2005 of 60gest printing plants in Indonesia.

Kompas newspaper[edit]

Kompas began its first issue on 28 June 1965 and based in Central Jakarta with circulation 4,800 copies. Since 1969, Kompas newspaper dominates sales nationwide. In 2004, daily circulation reached 530,000 copies, special edition of Sunday to even reach 610,000 copies. Readers of Kompas is expected to reach 2.25 million people in Indonesia. Kompas Daily Print had an average circulation of 500,000 copies per day, with the average number of readers reached 1,850,000 people per day.[2]

The Newspaper is distributed to all parts of Indonesia. With a circulation an average of 500 thousand copies per day and reached 600 thousand copies for the Sunday edition, Kompas is not just the largest circulating printed media in Indonesia, but also it is the largest circulating newspaper in South East Asia.[3] Since the introduction of the iPad, Kompas Newspaper was the first printed media in South East Asia that made its own digital newspaper version for iPad.[4] But until early 2014, Kompas News Portal is still the second after Detik.com.[5]

Regional newspapers[edit]

PT Indopersda Primamedia, one of KGG other business units, has been publishing regional newspapers since 1988. At present, the company publishes 18 regional newspapers. Such as:

  • Bangka Pos
  • Banjarmasin Post
  • Metro Banjar
  • Pos Kupang
  • Serambi Indonesia
  • Sriwijaya Post
  • Pos Belitung
  • Tribun Medan
  • Tribun Jambi
  • Tribun Lampung
  • Flores Star
  • Tribun Batam
  • Tribun Jabar
  • Tribun Kaltim
  • Tribun Manado
  • Tribun Pekanbaru
  • Tribun Pontianak
  • Tribun Jogja



Gramedia Bookstore in Jakarta was first established on 2 February 1970. Gramedia Bookstores is owned and managed by PT Gramedia Asri Media (GAM), a wholly owned subsidiary of KGG. GAM is the retail distribution channel for KGG which also handles foreign publishers and partners. The first Toko Buku Gramedia is jalan gajah mada, west Jakarta.

KGG went on to set up PT Gramedia, a printing plant in Jakarta in 1972 in order to meet the ever-increasing needs of the newspapers and magazines. Toko Buku Gramedia offers:

  • books
  • stationery
  • fancy
  • office supplies
  • sport supplies
  • high-technology products
  • others



In 1973 KGG formed PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (GPU) and began publishing its first titles. This company enjoyed outstanding success and today, publishes more than 600 titles a year.

Beside its own original titles, GPU has foreign (USA, Europe, Japan and others) copyrights licenses and arrangements for Indonesia. GPU has 60% of foreign books translated and published in Indonesia. Collectively, GPU handles around 4,000 active titles, distributed through Gramedia Bookstores as well as others.[citation needed]


The Group has met soaring demands for technological as well as educational publications. PT Elex Media Komputindo (EMK), founded in 1985, publishes books on computers and electronics. Due to increased diverse new demands, EMK also publishes technology related business and management books, other comics, educational and computer software. Annually EMK publishes about 1500 new titles, 51% of which are translations from foreign works. PT Prima Info Sarana Media issues computer magazine Infokomputer and tabloid PC Plus as well as home and interior design tabloid Rumah.

Educational publishing[edit]

In 1990 PT Gramedia Widiasarana Indonesia, popularly known as Grasindo, was started to concentrate on school textbooks and other educational materials for kindergarten, primary and secondary schools. It now publishes around 300 new titles a year.


1973 saw the inception of PT Radio Sonora (RS) which broadcast mainly into Metropolitan Jakarta. Now RS has other radio stations in cities like Surabaya (East Java), Yogyakarta (Central Java), Pangkalpinang (Bangka), Pontianak (West Kalimantan), Palembang (South Sumatera), Bandung, Cirebon (West Java), Semarang, Solo, Purwokerto (Central Java), Bali, PAlangkaraya, Banjarmasin, Lampung, Makassar, Medan.


Intisari Magazine, the first publication by Gramedia Magazine in 1963 is still in circulation today. This business unit also handles 43 tabloids and magazines titles (30 originals and 13 licensed) as well as successful comic series and other books titles such as:

  • Hai
  • Kawanku
  • Nova
  • MotorPlus
  • Otomotif
  • CHIC
  • Bola
  • Soccer (formerly known as Hai Soccer)
  • Citra

Licenced magazine titles include


To complete its core business alignment, KGG founded Duta Visual Nusantara, popularly known as TV7 in 2001. TV7 provides family entertainment programs (news, children programs, sports, movie films, etc.) and reaches a 125-million audience viewership throughout Indonesia.[citation needed]. Since 2006, Trans Corporation, owner of TransTV, has bought TV7, changing its name into Trans 7.

Since 9 September 2011, KGG launched new Local TV, Kompas TV.[8][9]

Since 2009, KGG launched new local TV, Karawang Citra Televisi.

Hospitality business[edit]

Since the 1981, Kompas Gramedia Group started to spread their wings to hospitality business. Under the Grahawita Santika Ltd. As the owning and management Hotel Santika opened their first hotel in Bandung. Upon its success entering the hospitality field, Santika constructed new hotels around Indonesia’s big cities. All the 4-stars Santika Hotels are categorized in Santika Premiere and the remaining hotels are still listed as Hotel Santika.

In 2006, Grahawita Santika Ltd. launched the new branch of hospitality in a form of boutique Villas known as The Royal Collection. Another addition to the hospitality business by Kompas Gramedia Group, the Amaris Brand. Amaris brand will cover a wide range of customer from a two-star hotel to a luxurious villa properties. [10] [11]


Kompas Gramedia Group since 1965. Kompas Gramedia group has another division to help journalists and reporter to back up their mind while finding a story, which is called Pusat Informasi Kompas. Pusat Informasi Kompas or PIK is a Kompas data warehouse. It is used for journalists and reporter to find the chronology or sources to flashback and prepare their mind before cover a story. The most amazing thing is PIK is like a library contains with all the newspapers and magazines from 1965 which are very old and vulnerable. It is definitely Kompas Gramedia being witness the history of Indonesia, have a witness of the events that have occurred, and all the information, the history of the history of ancient times has been digitized, and young children or adult or anyone who would like to see the Kompas office is free and learn the history of Indonesia. Now we can find it in PIK (Pusat Informasi Kompas) you could subscribe to PIK, or you could buy a certain amount of voucher that you could use to download the digitalized news.[12]

Current operations[edit]

KGG's core business enterprises remain in the information, communication and education business. The Group also has diversified interests including hotels (the Santika premium nationwide chain of hotels), development of real estate (PT Permata Media Land), tissue paper production (PT Graha Kerindo Utama), and travel bureau (PT Ina Media Wisatamas).

In addition to all of the above, KGG also operates quality computer schools under LPKT. LPKT holds the master license for Futurekids for Indonesia. Beside computer education KGG also operates ELTI (English Language Training International) schools.

The group also has two cultural centres in Jakarta and Yogyakarta under the name of Bentara Budaya. These places are used to keep the company's antique collections, and the hall are often used for discussions on culture and also serve as an art gallery.

Its products range from – books (local and imported) and accessories (stationery, digital/IT and multimedia, sports and music).

Currently, 80% of Gramedia's book stock is local works produced in Indonesia or foreign materials that have been translated into Indonesian. These include books on various subjects and themes, study materials, assessment books, road directory, magazines and comics.


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  12. ^ "pusat informasi kompas".