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RCTI 2015.svg
TypeTelevision network
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersStudios: MNC Studios, Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, Jakarta
News Studios: iNews Center, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Jakarta
Picture format1080i HDTV 16:9
(downscaled to 576i 16:9 for the SDTV feed)
OwnerMNC Media
ParentGlobal Mediacom (MNC Corporation)
Key peopleKanti Mirdiati Firmansyah
Sister channels
Founded21 August 1987
Launched13 November 1988 (1988-11-13) (Trial broadcast)
24 August 1989; 32 years ago (1989-08-24) (Official broadcast)
AnalogueCheck local frequencies
Streaming media
RCTI+Watch live (Indonesia only)
Vision+Watch live (Subscription required, Indonesia only)
MIVOWatch live
RCTI news crew in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Jakarta, reporting the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup match.

RCTI (Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia) is an Indonesian free-to-air television network based in West Jakarta. It is best known for its soap operas, celebrity bulletins, news, and sports programmes. It was first launched in 1989, originally as a local pay television network that broadcasts mostly foreign programmes, before switching to free-to-air a year later.


In October 1987, state broadcaster TVRI lost its monopoly when the government allowed private television networks to begin broadcasting. RCTI was officially inaugurated on the morning of 24 August 1989 by President Suharto as Indonesia's first privately owned commercial television network. Evening programming was launched by Minister of Information Harmoko. RCTI was initially broadcast to Greater Jakarta area as a local pay television channel and gained a nationwide terrestrial license a year later. Prior to 1994, RCTI mostly aired foreign programmes as it cost less compared to self-produced programmes, and to evoke the look and feel of a conventional pay television (which was a new and expensive technology in Indonesia at the time) . From 1989 to 1990, the station's subscription system requires an UHF set-top box, and in some areas, with a satellite dish.[1] During this time, the subscription system was incorrectly branded as a "pay-per-view", despite the fact that it works similarly as a conventional pay television that requires monthly subscription.[2]

RCTI was initially co-owned by PT Rajawali Wira Bhakti Utama (later Rajawali Corpora) and PT Bimantara Citra (later Global Mediacom, now known as PT Media Nusantara Citra (MNC)), thus its name. One of its commissioner at that time Indra Rukmana is the husband of Tutut Soeharto, the founder and ex-owner of its eventual sister network TPI. It is completely owned by MNC, which also owns GTV, MNCTV, and iNews, both private Indonesian television networks.

RCTI now has 47 relay stations around Indonesia and reaches over 180 million viewers.[citation needed]


The flagship news program is Seputar iNews (formerly Seputar Indonesia), which has morning, lunchtime and late-night editions. RCTI also broadcasts quiz shows, including the Indonesian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which ran from 2001 to 2006. Animated shows include the original Aikatsu! series, Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan, Aikatsu! and Crayon Shin-Chan have since been replaced by locally produced Kiko. RCTI currently broadcast several daily soap operas (known as Layar Drama Indonesia, showing in many titles), as well as occasional sport programmes and localized version of talent shows, such as Indonesian Idol, Rising Star Indonesia, and MasterChef Indonesia.[citation needed]

Other segments

Like other Indonesian television stations, RCTI shows Subuh and Maghrib prayer calls (adhan) in some cities, including Jakarta and Bandung. The prayer calls are best known for using a recording of Sheikh Ali Ahmed Mulla, a well-known muezzin of Masjid al-Haram in Saudi Arabia

Some RCTI stations also broadcast local programming. For example, RCTI Surabaya airs Seputar iNews Jatim, while in Bandung, Seputar iNews Jabar is aired. The Palembang station shows Seputar iNews Sumsel, the Batam station shows Seputar iNews Kepri and the Medan station shows Seputar iNews Sumut. They are mostly shown during the final half-hour of Seputar iNews Pagi (05:30-06:00 WIB or, depending on the local area, 06:30-07:00 WITA and 07:30-08:00 WIT)

Overseas broadcasting

RCTI is available as a free-to-air channel in East Timor, but only in Dili and other cities such as Ermera and Baucau. RCTI is also available in Malaysia as a free-to-air channel in Johor Bahru, and in Singapore as a free-to-air channel by using antenna. RCTI is the only Indonesian free-to-air TV channel to be broadcast free-to-air outside Indonesia. Indonesian drama series like Bunga di Tepi Jalan, Bintang, Liontin and Pernikahan Dini currently air on Astro Aruna, a channel on the Singaporean SingTel mio TV 24 Hours IPTV Pay TV Service, but these were broadcast on RCTI on 2001, 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Notable broadcasts

Obama Eksklusif RCTI Bersama Putra Nababan ("Exclusive Interview with Barack Obama") is a television program that aired in March 2010, showing an interview between Indonesian journalist Putra Nababan and President Barack Obama. According to the president, it was probably the first interview ever done by Indonesian television in the White House.[3] The interview covered the partnership between Indonesia and the United States and the president's experiences during his childhood in Indonesia.

This show won an award at the 2011 Panasonic Gobel Awards.[4]





This logo was used from 24 August 2000 until 19 May 2015. The logo was subsequently straightened.


Slogan Start usage End usage
Hadirkan Pentas Dunia di Rumah Anda
(Bringing the world stage to your home)
1989 1990
Saluran Informasi & Hiburan
(The Information and Entertainment Channel)
1990 1993
Kebanggaan Bersama Milik Bangsa
(The Nation's collective pride)
1993 present
(RCTI, Okay)
1994 present


  • Menuju Indonesia Gemilang (Towards the bright Indonesia) (1998)
  • Satu Indonesia Satu (One Indonesia one) (2000)
  • RCTImu, RCTIku (My RCTI, Your RCTI) (2001)
  • Untukmu Selamanya (Forever for yours) (2002)
  • Bersama Wujudkan Impian (Together make dreams happen) (2003)
  • Semakin Oke (More Okays) (2004)
  • Selalu di Hati, Selalu di Nanti (Always in heart, always wanted) (2005)
  • Gemerlap Keajaiban (Sparkling Miracles) (2007)
  • Wujudkan Mimpi Indonesia (Make Indonesian dreams happen) (2009)
  • Terima Kasih Indonesia (Thanks to Indonesians) (2018)
  • Warna Cerita Cinta (Colors of love stories) (2019)

See also


  1. ^ "Tata cara pembayaran iuran dekoder RCTI 1989 - YouTube". YouTube.
  2. ^ "RCTI Pay View System PENERANGAN DEKODER + MRS WORLD Pageant1989 - YouTube". YouTube.
  3. ^ Obama Eksklusif RCTI Bersama Putra Nababan: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
  4. ^ VIVA, PT VIVA MEDIA BARU- (26 March 2011). "Daftar Pemenang Panasonic Gobel Awards - VIVA". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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