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TV3 is a Malaysian free-to-air television channel owned by the Media Prima, a media conglomerate. It was launched on 1 June 1984.

TV3 (Malaysia).svg
Launched1 June 1984 (1984-06-01)
Owned byMedia Prima
Picture format1080i HDTV (16:9)
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaMalaysia
HeadquartersBandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor[1]
Sister channel(s)NTV7
myFreeviewChannel 103 (HD)
AstroChannel 103
NJOIChannel 103
Unifi TVChannel 103
Streaming media
tontonWatch live
(Malaysia only) (HD)

In 2013, TV3 remained the most-watched television station in Malaysia, despite the declining viewership of free-to-air television.[2]

Similar to most television stations in Southeast Asia, TV3 is known for its Soap operas.


TV3 began broadcasting on 1 June 1984 at 6:00pm local time, launched by the then (and current) Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.


Criticism and controversyEdit

  • In Singapore, the channel ran into controversy because it broadcast programmes in Cantonese, which ran contrary to the Singapore government's policy of promoting Mandarin instead of other dialects in media.[3] Consequently, it prevented people in government-built housing blocks from installing the special antennas required to receive the channel.[4] In addition, it prevented local newspapers and magazines from carrying listings for TV3, even though these were available for the other Malaysian channels.[5] TV3 was available on Singapore CableVision (now StarHub TV), Singapore's only cable TV operator, until it was removed at 9pm, 22 July 2002 owing to copyright issues.[6]
  • In 2007, a reality television programme broadcast on TV3 called Sensasi was banned amid accusations that host Awal Ashaari "humiliating a person to sensationalise the issue" along with complaints to actress Rosnah Mat Aris that touched on sensitive issues relating to Islam by linking Siti Khadijah, wife of Prophet Muhammad to the present issue of women courting younger men.[7] Another reality television show, Teleskop, was banned in 1995 after panellist Nasir Jani's swearing towards Prime Minister at the time, Mahathir Mohamad on air.[8]
  • In 2010, TV3 broadcast a Hari Raya Aidilfitri advertisement featuring an old man on a flying trishaw and blooming lotus-like flowers, which were said to be reminiscent of Christian and Hindu motifs. This sparked an outcry from Malay supremacist organisations and the Muslim far-right who accused it of "humiliating and insulting Islam".[9] The advertisement was withdrawn after just a few days and TV3 was fined MYR50,000 for the broadcast, in addition to issuing an on-air apology.[10]
  • In 2015, TV3 was accused of plagiarism, after it was revealed that its new news design was copied from the Dutch RTL Nieuws, which had introduced its new news design in May 2014.[11]
  • From 1 April 2016, A teleshopping block called CJ Wow Shop has been broadcast across Media Prima channels. Some Media Prima channels (especially NTV7 and TV9) are more affected by the changes. This block has attracted huge criticism on social media as a large part of daytime schedule has been replaced by CJ Wow Shop, which these slots had been previously running mostly reruns, religious programming and children's programming.[12][13][14][15] This teleshopping block is only available at 6.00 AM before running breakfast show Malaysia Hari Ini on Monday to Thursday and Borak Kopitam on Friday to Sunday. Starting 31 December 2018, this teleshopping block has moved to 5.30 AM before broadcast Tanyalah Ustaz which is newly moved from TV9 to this channel.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Malaysia TV: Television Stations and Channels
  2. ^ "Financial & Business Review For 2013" (PDF). Media Prima Berhad. p. 17. Retrieved 24 February 2013.[dead link]
  3. ^ Saw Swee-Hock; K. Kesavapany (January 2006). Singapore-Malaysia Relations Under Abdullah Badawi. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 83–. ISBN 978-981-230-378-3.
  4. ^ Far Eastern Economic Review. January 1989. p. 30.
  5. ^ Kokkeong Wong (1 January 2001). Media and Culture in Singapore: A Theory of Controlled Commodification. Hampton Press. ISBN 978-1-57273-311-4.
  6. ^ Priya Suri (11 July 2002). "SCV asked to take off two Malaysian TV channels". Today. National Library Board. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  7. ^ Mohd Fadzli Fadhilah (8 March 2007). "'Sensasi' ban: Malaysian talk shows prove unprofessional, disrespectful". Bernama. The Brunei Times. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2007.
  8. ^ "TV3 show BANNED". The New Paper. National Library Board. 1 February 1995. Retrieved 9 March 2007.
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  10. ^ "TV3 fined RM50,000 for humiliating and insulting Islam". The Malaysian Insider. 21 October 2010. Archived from the original on 22 October 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Nieuwe vormgeving TV3 Maleisië: zoek de tien verschillen" (in Dutch). RTL Nieuws. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  12. ^ "CJ WOW SHOP mula 1 April". Harian Metro. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  13. ^ . 1 April 2016 Retrieved 6 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ . 1 April 2016 Retrieved 6 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ . 1 April 2016 Retrieved 6 April 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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