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TypeTelevision network
Broadcast areaNationwide
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 Asia Holding)
Key peopleKanti Mirdiati Firmansyah
Sister channels
Founded21 August 1987
Launched13 November 1988 (1988-11-13) (Trial broadcast)
24 August 1989; 34 years ago (1989-08-24) (Official broadcast)
Analogue and DigitalCheck local frequencies (in Indonesian language)
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 a West Jakarta-based Indonesian free-to-air television network. 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 operator that broadcasts mostly foreign programmes, before switching to free-to-air terrestrial network 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, MNCTV and GTV was removed from Cable subscription of First Media due to limited Broadcasting rights period as result from information posted by First Media Twitter account at January 2013. There are same with IPTV service IndiHome at 8 April 2016, but GTV still aired on First Media through MNC Vision transmission since 2019.

Since the digital television transition started on November 2, 2022, the PAL broadcast of RCTI Jakarta was scheduled to shut down on November 3, 2022 at 12:00am, but was delayed to November 3, 2022, at 23:59:19 WIB/11:59pm after Kominfo statement with MNC Group or ANTV issues that did not force them to shut down the analogue service in Jakarta when TVRI or other TV stations shut down the analogue service quickly and switched to DVB-T2 services on November 3, 2022 at 12:00am.[3][4]

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 airs 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 has broadcast various popular soap opera titles from production houses such as Multivision Plus, Starvision Plus, Prima Entertainment (closed), Soraya Intercine Films, Tobali Putra Productions, and also currently the production houses owned by MNC Media which focuses on its own production as well as the distributor of soap operas from the production house that has been mentioned previously, namely MNC Pictures. This happened because the contract collaboration between SinemArt and MD Entertainment with MNC Group has been ended, because the shares were taken back by SCM (SinemArt) and Trans Media. RCTI currently airs several television series known as Layar Drama Indonesia (formerly Mega Sinetron), showing in many titles, and the most popular television series currently are Ikatan Cinta (The Tie of Love). Formerly, it also airs weekly television series like Bella Vista, Mutiara Cinta (Pearls of Love), Shangri-La, Tuyul dan Mbak Yul, the fantasy-comedy Bidadari Yang Terluka (Rage of Angel),[5] and ABG. It also airs occasional sport programmes and localized version of talent show under international licenses, such as Indonesian Idol, Rising Star Indonesia, MasterChef Indonesia, X Factor Indonesia, and Indonesia's Got Talent (mutation from Indosiar and SCTV).[citation needed]

at July 2023, UEFA announced that RCTI is comeback to winning the UEFA Champions League rights for 2024-2025 though 2026-2027 seasons replace Emtek since 1990s, 2000s, 2010-2012 season and 2018-2019 season.

Other segments

During the Break (Jeda Iklan) programming in RCTI, Some RCTI Commercial Break at Pay TV feeds interrupted by MNC Vision Networks version for All Pay TV providers since 18 July 2019 after RCTI full encrypted at Palapa D (now moved to Telkom-4) due to rights issues with third-parties of RCTI unauthorized rebroadcast.[6]

Like other Indonesian television networks, For RCTI Nationwide feed not be shown Subuh and Maghrib from Jakarta. RCTI shows Subuh and Maghrib prayer calls (adhan) in some transmitter stations, 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 transmitter 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.[7] 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.[8]





This logo was used from 24 August 2000 until 19 May 2015 and was the revision of the 1988 logo. The logo was subsequently straightened into the current one which shown in the infobox.


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. ^ "TV Analog Dimatikan, Plate Sindir Channel yang Ogah Pindah ke Digital" [Analogue TV Shut Down, Plate Makes Fun on Channels that Refuse to Move to Digital]. CNN Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Viva Group dan MNC Group Hentikan Siaran TV Analog Malam Ini" [Viva Group and MNC Group Shut Down Analogue TV Broadcasting Tonight]. CNN Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Bidadari yang Terluka: Siapakah si Bidadari Itu?" [Bidadari Yang Terluka: Who had made that angel is?]. Archived from the original on 9 October 1999. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
  6. ^ ✂️ Cuplikan, retrieved 26 March 2023
  7. ^ Obama Eksklusif RCTI Bersama Putra Nababan: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
  8. ^ Kawilarang, Renne R. A.; Ansyari, Syahrul (26 March 2011). "Daftar Pemenang Panasonic Gobel Awards - VIVA". www.viva.co.id (in Indonesian). PT VIVA MEDIA BARU- VIVA. Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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