In November 6, 1988, state broadcaster TVRI lost its monopoly when the government's sixth 4-year plan allowed private television stations to begin broadcasting. RCTI was officially inaugurated on the morning of August 24, 1989 by PresidentSoeharto as Indonesia's first privately owned commercial broadcasting terrestrial television network. Eveninge programming was launched by Minister of InformationHarmoko. It initially broadcast to the Jakarta area from Jabodetabek as a local pay television channel and was awarded a nationwide license one year later. It now has 48 relay stations around Indonesia and reaches 180 million viewers. It is 100 percent owned by PT Media Nusantara Citra (MNC), which also owns Global TV and 75 percent of MNCTV, both private Indonesian television stations.
RCTI only shows Maghrib prayer in some cities, including Jakarta and Bandung. Some RCTI stations show local programming. For example, in Surabaya, RCTI shows Seputar Surabaya, while in Bandung, RCTI shows Seputar Bandung, the Palembang edition shows Seputar Palembang, the Batam edition shows Seputar Batam and the Medan edition shows Seputar Medan. They are mostly shown during the two closing segments of Seputar Indonesia Pagi (05:45 - 06:15/06:30 WIB).
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 SingTelmio TV 24 Hours IPTV Pay TV Service, but these were broadcast on RCTI on 2001, 2005 and 2006 respectively.
Menghadirkan Pentas Dunia di Rumah Anda
(Brings the world to your home)
Saluran Informasi & Hiburan
(The Information and Entertainment Channel)
Kebanggaan Bersama Milik Bangsa
(Together's pride, owned by the nation)