NTV7

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NTV7
Logo of newNTV7.png
Launched7 April 1998 (1998-04-07)
Owned byMedia Prima Berhad
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
SloganFeel It
CountryMalaysia
LanguageMandarin
Hokkien
Korean
English
Malay
Broadcast areaMalaysia
HeadquartersSri Pentas, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Sister channel(s)TV3
8TV
TV9
Websitentv7.com.my
Availability
Terrestrial
VHFChannel 7
MyFreeviewChannel 107
Satellite
AstroChannel 107
NJOIChannel 107
IPTV
Unifi TVChannel 107
Streaming media
tontonWatch live
(Malaysia only) (HD)

NTV7 is a Malaysian free-to-air channel focused on the Urban area. It was launched on 7 April 1998.

Background

The station was launched under the entity of Natseven TV Sdn Bhd in 1998 by businessman Mohd Effendi Norwawi, broadcasting daily from 6 am to 1 am the next day.

Test card used by ntv7 during the channel's downtime.

In 2005, Media Prima Berhad announced its acquisition of ntv7 under a price of RM90 million, effectively making the later one of its' subsidiaries. Media Prima also owns three other private television stations in Malaysia: TV3, 8TV & TV9, as well as a controlling stake in the New Straits Times, owned by New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

Programming

The station, which targets the Malaysian urban demographic, offers a wide variety of programming including drama, comedy, entertainment, game shows, children's programmes, anime, documentaries and movies. There are also news bulletins in English, Mandarin and Malay through the 7 Edition, Mandarin 7, and Edisi 7 brands, respectively.

Since 1 April 2016, a teleshopping block bought by the Korean conglomerate CJ Group called CJ WOW Shop has been broadcasting across Media Prima channels. Media Prima established two CJ WOW Shop exclusive channels on my Freeview. Several Media Prima channels (especially NTV7 and TV9) are more affected by the changes. It attracted public criticism on social media as a large part of the daytime schedule has been replaced by the block, in which these slots had been previously dedicated to reruns, religious programming and kids programming.[1][2][3][4]

Modern Malaysia Era and Chinese content reduction attempt

From 5 March 2018, Media Prima attempted a new brand positioning for NTV7. The channel tried to target “Modern Malaysia” as a contemporary station through its new content line-up, including new Turkish Telenovelas; as well as its new slogan Feel It.[5][6][7][8][9] The relaunch saw major changes as it became a dominated English-Malay language channel, with the channel name read as "n-t-v-tujuh" instead of "n-t-v-seven." Also, infomercial programming was reduced upon the channel's rebranding.

Upon the March 2018 rebranding, Chinese content on this channel was reduced to selected Chinese dramas from Hong Kong and China along with Mandarin news bulletins, with much of the remainder transferred to sister channel 8TV (which also attempted to reposition as Media Prima's sole all-Chinese channel on the same day). Originally, Mandarin 7 was supposed to be cancelled in May 2018 to complete its plan of moving all Chinese content to a single dedicated channel. However, when the 2018 General Election occurred, the bulletin became Malaysia's 2nd most watched after TV3's Buletin Utama (the said spot was formerly held by Berita TV9). Due to the Chinese community's positive response, Media Prima decided to reshuffle NTV7's news programming in June instead of axing Chinese news. In its current format, only one news bulletin per language is aired on the channel with a single Mandarin newshour, while retaining half-hour editions in Malay and English.

Reverts back to Chinese content

The rebrand caused confusion among viewers, particularly Chinese communities who tuned in to NTV7 after finding out that most of its former programmes were moved to 8TV. Overall Chinese viewership were believed to be surprisingly lower.

As a result, on 31 December 2018, CEO of Media Prima, Johan Ishak, said that the Mandarin variant of CJ Wow Shop will be broadcast on the channel.[10] The move was part of the company's restructuring NTV7 by axed English and Malay-language shows, dropped the channel nomenclature, moved some (including those from TV9) to the main TV3. It also brought back the channel's perception as a Chinese channel; yet the channel's Mandarin, Malay and English news bulletins remained unchanged.

Reruns of axed NTV7 shows were then aired on TV9 after the former's retreat while slogan "Feel it" was removed.

Returning broadcast English programmes and reduce homeshopping blocks

Since 1 June 2019, CJ Wow Shop Chinese version has reduced the broadcast time by temporarily replayed most of the Chinese programs and also kept the latest Korean drama time and Korean variety shows. On the same time, English programmes also return to broadcast at everyday 8.30 PM.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "CJ WOW SHOP mula 1 April". Harian Metro. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  2. ^ . 1 April 2016 https://www.facebook.com/TV3MALAYSIA/photos/a.392087241166.178751.262044791166/10153548509336167/?type=3&theater. Retrieved 6 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ . 1 April 2016 https://www.facebook.com/TV9Malaysia/photos/a.132100906817085.22337.124467560913753/1302978949729269/?type=3&theater. Retrieved 6 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ . 1 April 2016 https://www.facebook.com/ntv7localdrama/photos/a.299680246757151.72583.293290990729410/1085761854815649/?type=3&theater. Retrieved 6 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Media Prima unveils new brand positioning for ntv7 with new logo". www.marketing-interactive.com. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  6. ^ "ntv7华语新闻即將搬家?". www.orientaldaily.com.my. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Rebranding of NTV7". www.nst.com.my. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  8. ^ "MPTN mendahului industri". www.hnetro.com.my. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  9. ^ http://www.mptv360.com.my/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ntv7-March-2018-as-of-8Feb18-V2.xlsx
  10. ^ CJ WOW SHOP to Extend All-New Mandarin Segments on ntv7

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