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RCTI (Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia) is an Indonesian free-to-air private television network based in West Jakarta. Its programming consists of news bulletins, sports events, soap operas, and talent searchs.


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) since 2003, 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, especially soap opera). RCTI also broadcasts quiz shows, including the Indonesian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which ran from 2001 to 2006, and talent searchs, such as Indonesian Idol, X Factor Indonesia, Rising Star Indonesia, and MasterChef Indonesia. Cartoon shows include Doraemon and formerly Crayon Shin-chan, the latter RCTI has been aired Kiko, an Indonesian superhero adventure cartoon made by MNC Animations that still in the same group with RCTI.

It was also airs other Japanese anime series such of Hamtaro (which the Indonesian dub were based off the American English version), One Piece (2002-2006) and Dragon Ball (only The Dragon Ball super series)

Involvement with Doraemon[]

See Doraemon in Indonesia page for more information.

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.