Radio Televisyen Malaysia

Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) (lit. 'Radio Television Malaysia'), also known as Department of Broadcasting, Malaysia (Malay: Jabatan Penyiaran Malaysia) is a Malaysian public broadcaster based in Kuala Lumpur. Established on 1 April 1946 as Radio Malaya, it is the first and the oldest broadcaster in the country.[1] When Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963, Radio Malaya was renamed Radio Malaysia while Televisyen Malaysia was established on 28 December the same year. In 1969, Radio Malaysia and Televisyen Malaysia merged to form the present day broadcast department.

Radio Televisyen Malaysia
(Jabatan Penyiaran Malaysia)
Department of Broadcasting, Malaysia
BrandingRadio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM)
First air date
1 April 1946; 74 years ago (1946-04-01)
Founded1 April 1946; 74 years ago (1946-04-01)
SloganSetia Bersama
HeadquartersAngkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Broadcast area
Asia (Via satellites)
OwnerGovernment of Malaysia
ParentMinistry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia
Key people
YBhg. Datuk Ruzain bin Idris (Director-General of RTM)
Launch date
1 April 1946
Former names
Radio Malaya (1946–63)
Radio Malaysia (1963 – November 1969)
Televisyen Malaysia (1963 – November 1969)
TV1, TV2, TV Okey, RTM Sports, Berita RTM
Official website

Today, it runs 5 television channels and 33 radio stations.[2] Despite its status as public broadcaster, RTM's television channels and radio stations have some amount of commercial advertising.


Voice of Malaysia logo.

RTM started broadcasting radio on 1 April 1946. The first two radio stations are Radio Malaya (in Malay) and The Blue Network (in English). The transmitters were located first in Singapore and later in Kuala Lumpur (opened in 1950).

With the independence of Malaya on 31 August 1957 Radio Malaya was split into two separate stations; the original studios in Singapore was taken over by a new station called Radio Singapura and Radio Malaya moved to Kuala Lumpur going on air from the new location on 1 January 1959. It would be later renamed Radio Malaysia on 16 September 1963 with the transmissions beginning with its trademark words Inilah Radio Malaysia (This is Radio Malaysia) on the day the Malaysia of today was born. Television services under the name Televisyen Malaysia or Malaysia Television (Malaysia TV) started on 28 December 1963 in time for the national New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur and regional telecasts in the Klang Valley in Selangor state, with its first studios being located in Jalan Ampang. The then 10-month-old Television Singapura (launched on 16 February 1963) became part of Televisyen Malaysia in January 1964 as its state station for Singapore viewers, a role served until 1965, when Singapore became independent. During its time as part of Malaysia, Singapore was the only state to have its own radio and television network. The state's radio and television broadcast rights was included as an annex in the Malaysia Agreement.

Radio and TV operations merged in 1968 as the new Angkasapuri headquarters was inaugurated. Thus Radio Malaysia and Televisyen Malaysia's identities merged to become Radio Televisyen Malaysia (Radio Television Malaysia, RTM) in 1969. A second TV station also opened in the same year as its rebranding. In 1971 Radio Malaysia became the first radio station to broadcast 24 hours a day, nationwide, thus becoming Rangkaian Nasional (National Network) in the process. RTM began broadcasting in colour since 1978 in Peninsular Malaysia and 1980 in Sabah and Sarawak.

Between 1972 and 1999, RTM shared time with TV Pendidikan, the national education channel, in the daytime. TV1 introduced daytime transmissions in 1994 thus resulting in TV Pendidikan ceased broadcasting on TV1, while TV2 introduced daytime transmissions in 2000. TV1 broadcast overnight many times since the early 1990s, but permanent 24-hour broadcasting was only introduced in 2006 on TV2, and 2012 on TV1. An international radio station, Voice of Malaysia (Malay: Suara Malaysia) was established on 15 February 1963 to promote the country, but was converted to internet podcast on 31 August 2011 before it ceased operation in December the same year.[3] Three new TV channels were launched during RTM digital television broadcasting era: TV Okey on 21 March 2018, RTM Sports on 13 June 2018 and Berita RTM on 25 June 2020. TV Pendidikan returned to RTM after 20 years on 6 April 2020 and began to air on TV Okey under the Kelas@Rumah (Class@Home) programme.[4][5]

Terrestrial stationsEdit

Radio stationsEdit

RTM offers thirty three FM radio channels, six of them are national while the other twenty seven are local.


Frequency Station Language Notes Ref
 MHz Radio Klasik Malay Old names are Radio 1, National Network and Radio 8, Original Malay Melody Radio [6]
 MHz Nasional FM Malay Old name Radio 2, Music Station; (broadcasts using the frequencies formerly used by Muzik FM) [7]
 MHz Asyik FM Malay Old name Radio 7 [8]
 MHz TraXX FM English Old name Radio 4, Blue Network [9]
 MHz Ai FM Mandarin Old name Radio 5, Green Network [10]
 MHz Minnal FM Tamil Old name Radio 6, Red Network [11]


RTM's local radio network offers localised services to listeners across their respective states. Majority of its stations operate from 6:00 am to as late as midnight daily, with simulcasts of Nasional FM taking place during downtime; others like Sabah V FM, meanwhile, take simulcasts from another national radio network overnight. KL FM, however, operates 24 hours a day.

State Station
Perlis Perlis FM [12]
Kedah Kedah FM[13] and Langkawi FM[14]
Penang Mutiara FM[15]
Perak Perak FM[16]
Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Selangor FM[17] and KL FM[18]
Negeri Sembilan Negeri FM[19]
Malacca Malacca FM[20]
Johor Johor FM[21]
Pahang Pahang FM[22]
Terengganu Terengganu FM[23]
Kelantan Kelantan FM[24]
Sarawak Sarawak FM,[25] Red FM,[26] Wai FM,[27] Sibu FM,[28] Miri FM,[29] Sri Aman FM,[30] Bintulu FM [31]and Limbang FM[32]
Sabah Sabah FM,[33] Sabah V FM,[34] Keningau FM,[35] Sandakan FM[36] and Tawau FM[37]
Labuan Labuan FM[38]

Television ChannelsEdit

RTM offers five terrestrial TV channels in Malaysia. While Malay and English are main languages used for its programmes, three out of five channels also offer vernacular language programmes for its non-Malay native population (widely known as Bumiputera), as well as Chinese and Indian minorities.

Name Language Programming Ref
TV1 Malay and English News, culture, entertainment and children [39]
TV2 Malay, English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and Indian (Tamil and Hindi) News, culture, entertainment and children [40]
TV Okey Malay, English, Iban, Kadazan, Dusun and Bajau News, culture, entertainment and children [41]
RTM Sports Malay and English Sports
Berita RTM Malay, English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Indian (Tamil) News [42]

Over-the-top media serviceEdit

RTM Parlimen's logo.

MyKlik is RTM's Over-the-top media service (OTT). It covers viewers across multiple devices such as computers, tablets, smartphones.[43] The service's website contains RTM's television channels and radio stations, as well as online streaming channel RTM Parlimen which was launched on 1 July 2013.

RTM Parlimen broadcasts the parliamentary session from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm in the morning session and from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm or late in the afternoon/evening session. Apart from Myklik, RTM Parlimen can be watched through the RTM Parlimen page channel and Unifi TV Channel 633. Reruns of parliamentary hearings are usually displayed at night.[44]

Other pages and websites owned by RTMEdit

One News logo.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Amree Ahmad (7 June 2009). "Kita bakal 'mabuk' TV" (in Malay). Kosmo!. Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. ^ Ifqdar Rahman (31 March 2016). "Festival 70 tahun RTM". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Voice of Malaysia official page". Radio Televisyen Malaysia. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012.
  4. ^ TV Pendidikan to begin Monday on RTM New Straits Times (4 April 2020). Retrieved on 14 April 2020.
  5. ^ Kirat Kaur (4 April 2020). TV learning channel launched for students who can’t access Internet during MCO The Rakyat Post. Retrieved on 14 April 2020.
  6. ^ Radio Klasik's official page
  7. ^ Nasional FM's official page
  8. ^ Asyik FM's official page
  9. ^ TraXX FM's official page
  10. ^ Ai FM's official page
  11. ^ Minnal FM's official page
  12. ^ Perlis FM's official page
  13. ^ Kedah FM's official page
  14. ^ Langkawi FM's official page
  15. ^ Mutiara FM's official page
  16. ^ Perak FM's official page
  17. ^ Selangor FM's official page
  18. ^ KL FM's official page
  19. ^ Negeri FM's official page
  20. ^ Malacca FM's official page
  21. ^ Johor FM's official page
  22. ^ Pahang FM's official page
  23. ^ Terengganu FM's official page
  24. ^ Kelantan FM's official page
  25. ^ Sarawak FM's official page
  26. ^ Red FM's official page
  27. ^ Wai FM's official page
  28. ^ Sibu FM's official page
  29. ^ Miri FM's official page
  30. ^ Sri Aman FM's official page
  31. ^ Bintulu FM's official page
  32. ^ Limbang FM's official page
  33. ^ Sabah FM's official page
  34. ^ Sabah V FM's official page
  35. ^ Keningau FM's official page
  36. ^ Sandakan FM's official page
  37. ^ Tawau FM's official page
  38. ^ Labuan FM's official page
  39. ^ TV1's official page
  40. ^ TV2's official page
  41. ^ TV Okey's official page
  42. ^ RTM's news portal
  43. ^ MyKlik's official page
  44. ^ RTM Parlimen's official page
  45. ^ Kopi Panas official page
  46. ^ One News official website
  47. ^ RTM Podcast official page
  48. ^ Kita Kita official page

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