On 6 November 1988, state broadcaster TVRI lost its monopoly when the government's sixth 4-year plan allowed private television stations to begin broadcasting and RCTI begin trial broadcasting. RCTI was officially inaugurated on the morning of 24 August 1989 by President Suharto as Indonesia's first privately-owned commercial terrestrial television network. Evening programming was launched by Minister of Information Harmoko. It initially broadcast to the Jakarta area from Jabodetabek as a local pay television channel which using a decoder and was awarded a nationwide license one year later. After that, RCTI began expanded nationwide in 1993. It now has 48 relay stations around Indonesia and reaches 180 million viewers. It is completely owned by PT Media Nusantara Citra (MNC), which also owns GTV and MNCTV, both private Indonesian television stations.
The flagship news program is Seputar iNews (formerly Seputar Indonesia), which has morning, lunchtime and late-night editions (previously had evening editions but stopped to air due of entertainment show popularity). RCTI also broadcasts quiz shows, including the Indonesian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which ran from 2001 to 2006. Cartoon shows include Doraemon and formerly Crayon Shin-chan, the latter RCTI has been aired Kiko, an Indonesian superhero adventure cartoon.
It was also airs other Japanese anime series such of Hamtaro (which the Indonesian dub were based off the American English version)
Involvement with Doraemon
See Doraemon in Indonesia page for more information.
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.