Metro TV (Indonesian TV network)

(Redirected from Metro TV (Indonesia))

PT Media Televisi Indonesia, operating as Metro TV, is an Indonesian free-to-air television news network based in West Jakarta. It was established on November 25, 2000, and now has over 52 relay stations all over the country.[2] It is owned by Surya Paloh who also owns the Media Indonesia daily. These two, along with other newspapers distributed in different parts of Indonesia, are part of the Media Group.[3]

Metro TV
TypeTelevision broadcaster
Broadcast areaNationwide
Picture format1080i HDTV 16:9
(downscaled to 576i 16:9 for the SDTV feed)
Sister channels
Launched25 November 2000; 23 years ago (2000-11-25)
FounderSurya Paloh
Sumita Tobing[1]
DigitalCheck local frequencies (in Indonesian language)
Streaming media
MIVOWatch live
OfficialWatch live
IndiHome TVWatch live (IndiHome customers only)
VidioWatch live
Vision+Watch live (Subscription required, Indonesia only)
Media Group office in Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, the headquarters of Metro TV.

It is the only TV network to offer Mandarin-language news programs in Indonesia and no soap opera, although it had broadcast entertainment and multicultural programs such as the now-defunct tech show e-Lifestyle, the satirical news and current affairs show Republik Mimpi (The Dream Republic), musical programming such as Musik+ and Idenesia, and other special or regional programming. Metro TV is considered to be the mouthpiece of Nasdem Party.[4]



Metro TV was launched on November 25, 2000, by Abdurrahman Wahid, the fourth President of Indonesia. Metro TV was the first Indonesian television network to have been officially inaugurated by the Indonesian president himself, after RCTI.

On November 25, 2020, during the network's 20th anniversary, its on-air bug was replaced with an eagle icon of the current logo with the text "METRO TV" in a smaller size below the eagle, although the text was removed during advertisements, leaving only the eagle in a light grey color. However, the logo shown in the infobox is still used for corporate purposes and other branding. On November 25, 2021, the text "METRO TV" in smaller size below the eagle was removed entirely as part of on-screen revamp.[citation needed]

Since November 3, 2022, Metro TV stopped airing over PAL broadcasts for the Greater Jakarta area, and then on December 3, 2022, Metro TV shut down the analog terrestrial broadcasts in Bandung, Semarang, Surakarta, Yogyakarta and Batam before Palembang following the move on March 31, 2023.[citation needed]

In November 2023, Metro TV signed a content sharing agreement with Chinese state media outlet China Media Group.[5]



Metro TV broadcasts 24 hours a day, with programmes focused on news around the world.[6] Unlike other stations, Metro TV never airs soap operas.

Metro TV broadcast three new English language programs: World News, Indonesia Now, and Talk Indonesia. It also had Chinese language programmes such as Metro Xin Wen, as well as IT, documentary, and culinary programmes. It has a motivational talkshow, Mario Teguh Golden Ways. It also shows business programming, including "Economic Challenges" and Bisnis Hari Ini (Business Today, no longer aired).

Metro TV also has an informercial block, usually residential, but sometimes with any price of product or technology. The infomercial block usually airs on networks and stations during morning on weekends. The block has no commercial breaks. This channel is owned by Media Group, which also owns Media Indonesia and Lampung Post newspapers.

Metro TV also broadcast Metro This Morning and News Flash. Metro This Morning ended in October 2007. Metro TV was the only news channel in Indonesia until 2008, when Lativi was rebranded as tvOne by dropping all sitcoms as well as soap operas, focusing on news and sports programmes.[7]

Visual identity



  • Leading the Change (2007–2008)
  • Be Smart Be Informed (2008–2010)
  • Knowledge to Elevate (2010–present)[8]

Anniversary specials

  • News Media Telecast Service (2001)
  • All for the Best (2002)
  • Triple Star, Triple Experience (2003)
  • Excellent Four (2004)
  • Moment of Hope (2005)
  • Proud of Dedication (2006)
  • Leading the Change (2007)
  • Proud of Our Nation (2008)
  • Cinta Negeriku (Loves of My Nation) (2009)
  • Ten Years for the Nation (2010)
  • Menuju Indonesia Gemilang (Towards a Brilliant Indonesia) (2011)
  • Bersama Menginspirasi Bangsa (Together Inspirate the Nation) (2012)
  • Tetap Terbaik (Still the Best) (2013)
  • Semakin Terpercaya (More Trusted) (2014)
  • Membangun Bangsa Berdaya (Build the Empower Nation) (2015)
  • Menggerakkan Harapan Bangsa (Moving the Nations Hope) (2016)
  • Adiwarna Bangsa (Supercolor of the Nation) (2017)
  • Melangkah Bersama untuk Indonesia (Stepping Together for Indonesia) (2018)
  • Menebar Inspirasi (Spreading the Inspiration) (2019)
  • Terima kasih Indonesia (Thank you Indonesia) (2020)
  • Kebersamaan Memberi Arti (Togetherness Gives Meaning) (2021)
  • Bangkit Bergerak Bersama (Get Up and Move Together) (2022)
  • Merayakan Kebersamaan (Celebrating the Togetherness) (2023)



See also



  1. ^ "Sumita Tobing". Archived from the original on 18 January 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Market roundup: November 2012". Deutsche Welle. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2020. Metro TV is a nationwide news channel that was launched 2000. Metro TV is broadcast from Jakarta with a network of 53 regional stations and reaches more than 3 million viewers throughout Indonesia.
  3. ^ "Tentang Kami". (in Indonesian). Metro TV. Archived from the original on 4 October 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2020. METRO TV merupakan televisi berita pertama di Indonesia yang mulai mengudara sejak 25 November 2000.
  4. ^ "Abuse of Power Nasdem pada Metro TV untuk Kritik Presiden". Retrieved 24 March 2024.
  5. ^ Faridz, Devianti (6 February 2024). "China Expands Media Influence in Indonesia". Voice of America. Archived from the original on 6 February 2024. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  6. ^ "PT Media Televisi Indonesia (METRO TV)". Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 4 August 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  7. ^ Tapsell, Ross (2017). Media Power in Indonesia: Oligarchs, Citizens and the Digital Revolution. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-78660-037-0. Archived from the original on 6 April 2023. Retrieved 3 January 2022. The Bakrie Group created Indonesia's second 24-hour, Indonesia-language free-to-air national television news station, TVOne in 2008.
  8. ^ "Metro TV: A New Spirit Towards the Indonesia's First News Channel". DM ID. 30 May 2013. Archived from the original on 4 August 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2020.