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Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI)
TypeTelevision network
AvailabilityNationwide and Worldwide
Founded24 August 1962; 56 years ago (1962-08-24)
SloganSaluran Pemersatu Bangsa (The nation's unifying channel)
HeadquartersGelora, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, Indonesia
Broadcast area
Nationwide and Worldwide
OwnerGovernment of Indonesia
ParentMinistry of Communications and Information of Indonesia
Key people
Arief Hidayat Thamrin (Chairman of the Board of Trustees)
id: Helmy Yahya (President Director)
Official website
Sister channel(s)TV Edukasi (2004–2014)
QTV (1998–2011)
Swara Channel (1998–present)
TPI (1991–1997)
Jakarta4 and 39 UHF (TVRI Nasional)
9 and 40 UHF (TVRI Jakarta and Banten)
Bandung7 UHF (TVRI Jawa Barat)
Bogor7 UHF (TVRI Jawa Barat)
Tanjung Pinang6 (2) UHF (TVRI Riau - Kepualuan Riau)
Semarang5 UHF (TVRI Jawa Tengah)
Bintan6 (2) UHF (TVRI Riau - Kepulauan Riau)
Surabaya10 UHF (TVRI Jawa Timur)
Makassar5 UHF (TVRI Sulawesi Selatan)
Banda Aceh6 UHF (TVRI Aceh)
Medan6 UHF (TVRI Sumatera Utara)
Batam (Batam Island)6 (2) UHF (TVRI Riau - Kepulauan Riau)
Yogyakarta9 UHF (TVRI Yogyakarta)
Denpasar (Bali)9 UHF (TVRI Bali)
Bandar Lampung40 UHF (TVRI Lampung)
Palembang10 UHF (TVRI Sumatera Selatan)
Padang6 UHF (TVRI Sumatera Barat)
Pekanbaru8 UHF (TVRI Riau - Kepulauan Riau)
Pontianak8 UHF (TVRI Kalimantan Barat)
Banjarmasin4 UHF (TVRI Kalimantan Selatan)
Malang10 UHF (TVRI Jawa Timur)
MNC VisionChannel 106
Transvision (Indonesia)Channel 184 (TVRI Nasional)
Channel 182 (TVRI Programma 2)
Yes TVChannel 184 (TVRI Nasional)
Channel 182 (TVRI Programma 2)
Sky TVChannel 184 (TVRI Nasional)
Channel 182 (TVRI Programma 2)
Aora TVChannel 901
MNC VisionChannel 118
First MediaChannel 12
Transvision (Indonesia)Channel 184 (TVRI Nasional)
Channel 182 (TVRI Programma 2)
Yes TVChannel 184 (TVRI Nasional)
Channel 182 (TVRI Programma 2)
Sky TVChannel 184 (TVRI Nasional)
Channel 182 (TVRI Programma 2)
Channel 209 (TVRI Palembang)
StarHub TV
Channel 179
Aora TVChannel 901
RevenueIncrease Rp 137 billion (2016)
Total assetsIncrease Rp 5.1 trillion (2016)
Number of employees
4,884 (2016)

Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI) is a state-owned, public broadcasting television network and the oldest television entity in Indonesia. It is based in Gelora, Central Jakarta.[1]

TVRI monopolised television broadcasting in Indonesia until 24 August 1989, when the first commercial television station RCTI went on the air.


The television tower of TVRI at its headquarters in Jakarta.

In 1961, the Indonesian government decided to include the establishment of a national television station as part of the preparations for the 1962 Asian Games to be held in Jakarta. Later that year, the Television Preparation Committee was formed. In October, President Sukarno ordered the building of a studio in Senayan, Jakarta and two television towers. TVRI broadcast its first test transmission, of the Indonesian Independence Day celebrations from the Merdeka Palace transmission on 17 August 1962. TVRI went on the air on the day of the 1962 Asian Games opening ceremony, 24 August 1962. Two years later, the first regional broadcast stations opened in Yogyakarta, Semarang, Medan, Surabaya, Makassar, Manado, Batam, Palembang, Bali and Balikpapan. Earlier in 1963, the TVRI Foundation was formally created as the official governing authority for the channel.

In 1974 TVRI became part of the Information Ministry, with the status of a directorate. Its role was to inform the public about government policies. After two years, it began to be broadcast all over Indonesia via satellite.

The first colour television signal was transmitted via satellite transmission in 1979. The first colour news bulletins were Berita Nasional (National News), Dunia Dalam Berita (The World in News), breaking events segments on Laporan Khusus (Special Report) and Berita Terakhir (Late News).

TVRI in the late 1970s and 1980s became a well defined mass media component of the national information department. By that time it also had a second channel on Channel 8. It also established provincial television production studios.

In 1989, TVRI lost its monopoly when the government's sixth Five-Year Plan allowed private television stations to begin broadcasting, the first commercial television station being RCTI.

After the start of the reform era, TVRI's status was changed again and it became responsible firstly to the Ministry of Finance and was then turned into a limited company under the authority of the State Ministry for State-Owned Enterprises and Ministry of Finance.

TVRI today[edit]

TVRI has 22 regional stations and more than 6,800 employees, 2,000 of whom are based in Jakarta. It broadcasts information and educational content as well as entertainment from 4:00 am to 1:30 am on the next day.

Along with government digital television, TVRI also has 4 channels, currently broadcast in DVB-T. TVRI 1 (on-air identity as TVRI Nasional) with national coverage, TVRI 2 which will be the regional network of regional TVRI broadcasters, TVRI 3 with programmes focused on culture and TVRI 4 with sport programmes.


List of slogans[edit]

  • Menjalin Persatuan dan Kesatuan (Weaving Unity and Oneness, 1962-2001)
  • Makin Dekat Di Hati (Going Closer to The Heart, 2001-2003)
  • Semangat Baru (New Spirit, 2003-2012)
  • Saluran Pemersatu Bangsa (The Nation's Unifying Channel, 2012–present)
  • Betul Sekali (That's Right, 2015–2017)
  • Kami Kembali (We're Back, 2018-present)

See also[edit]


  • Department of Information, Republic of Indonesia (1999) Indonesia 1999: An Official Handbook (No ISBN)
  • Schwartz, Adam (1994) A Nation in Waiting: Indonesia in the 1990s, Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86373-635-2


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