Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) (lit. 'Radio Television Malaysia'), also known as the Department of Broadcasting, Malaysia (Malay: Jabatan Penyiaran Malaysia) is the national public broadcaster of Malaysia. Established on 1 April 1946 as Radio Malaya, it is the first and the oldest broadcaster in the country. 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 monopolised the free-to-air television until 1984 and radio until 1988, when private television and radio stations such as TV3 and Best FM begin to exist. Currently, it operates 6 television channels and 34 radio stations.
|Type||Public limited company|
|Branding||Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM)|
First air date
|1 April 1946|
|Founded||1 April 1946|
|Radio stations||34 radio stations|
(6 national and 28 local)
|Headquarters||Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
Asia (Via satellites)
|Owner||Government of Malaysia|
|Parent||Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia|
|Datuk Ruzain bin Idris (Director-General of RTM)|
|1 April 1946|
|Radio Malaya (1946–63)|
Radio Malaysia (1963 – November 1969)
Televisyen Malaysia (1963 – November 1969)
|TV1, TV2, TV Okey, Berita RTM, Sukan RTM, TV6, Astro Arena|
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 on 11 October 1969 as the new Angkasapuri headquarters was inaugurated. Thus Radio Malaysia and Televisyen Malaysia's identities merged to become Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM). A second TV station also opened in the same year as its rebranding. On 19 April 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. Three new TV channels were launched during RTM digital television broadcasting era: TV Okey on 21 March 2018, RTM Sports (now Sukan RTM) 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. On 1 March 2021, RTM launched a brand new TV channel, TV6, dedicated to re-running TV series, telemovies and entertainment shows from 1960s to early 2000s, is currently on-trial. On 1 April 2021, RTM Sports rebranded as Sukan RTM.
RTM offers thirty four FM radio channels, six of them are national while the other twenty eight are local.
|MHz||Radio Klasik||Malay||Old name Radio 8, Original Malay Melody Radio|||
|MHz||Nasional FM||Malay||Old names are Radio 1, National Network and Radio 2, Music Station; (broadcasts using the frequencies formerly used by Muzik FM)|||
|MHz||Asyik FM||Malay and Aslian (Semai, Jakun, Temiar and Temuan)||Old name Radio 7|||
|MHz||TraXX FM||English||Old name Radio 4, Blue Network|||
|MHz||Ai FM||Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew and Hakka)||Old name Radio 5, Green Network|||
|MHz||Minnal FM||Tamil||Old name Radio 6, Red Network|||
RTM's local radio network, formerly known as Radio 3 offers localised services to listeners across their respective states and federal territories. 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.
|Kuala Lumpur||MHz||KL FM||Malay|||
|Negeri Sembilan||MHz||Negeri FM||Malay|||
|MHz||Red FM||English and Chinese (Mandarin, Foochow and Hakka)|||
|MHz||Wai FM Iban||Iban|||
|MHz||Wai FM Bidayuh||Bidayuh, Kayan and Kenyah|||
|MHz||Sibu FM||Malay, Chinese (Mandarin) and Iban|||
|MHz||Miri FM||Malay, Chinese (Mandarin), Iban, Kayan and Kenyah|||
|MHz||Sri Aman FM||Malay|||
|MHz||Limbang FM||Malay, Bisaya and Lun Bawang|||
|MHz||Sabah V FM||English, Kadazan, Chinese (Mandarin and Hakka), Dusun, Bajau and Murut|||
|MHz||Keningau FM||Malay, Murut and Dusun|||
RTM offers seven terrestrial TV channels in Malaysia (6 for RTM, 1 for Astro). While Malay and English are main languages used for its programmes, three out of six channels also offer vernacular language programmes for its non-Malay native population (widely known as Bumiputera), as well as Chinese and Indian minorities.
|TV1||Malay and English||News, culture, entertainment and children|||
|TV2||Malay, English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Indian (Tamil and Hindi), Indonesian, Korean and Turkish||News, culture, entertainment and children|||
|TV Okey||Malay, English, Chinese (Mandarin), Indian (Tamil), Indonesian, Bajau, Dusun, Kadazan and Iban||News, culture, entertainment, children and education|||
|Berita RTM||Malay, English, Chinese (Mandarin), Indian (Tamil), Bajau, Dusun, Kadazan and Iban||News|||
|Sukan RTM||Malay and English||Sports|
|TV6||Malay||Classic Movies, Classic Variety, Classic Series (Channel on trial)|
|Astro Arena||Malay and English||Sports|
Over-the-top media serviceEdit
RTM Klik (formerly MyKlik and RTM Mobile) is RTM's Over-the-top media service (OTT). It covers viewers across multiple devices such as computers, tablets, smartphones. The service's website contains all six RTM television channels and 25 of the 34 RTM radio stations, as well as online streaming channel RTM Parlimen which was launched on 1 July 2013. Radio stations that are not available on RTM Klik are: Langkawi FM, Sibu FM, Miri FM, Sri Aman FM, Bintulu FM, Limbang FM, Keningau FM, Sandakan FM and Tawau FM.
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 also be watched through the RTM Parlimen page channel. Reruns of parliamentary hearings are usually displayed at night.
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- Radio Klasik's official page
- Nasional FM's official page
- Asyik FM's official page
- TraXX FM's official page
- Ai FM's official page
- Minnal FM's official page
- Perlis FM's official page
- Kedah FM's official page
- Langkawi FM's official page
- Mutiara FM's official page
- Perak FM's official page
- Selangor FM's official page
- KL FM's official page
- Negeri FM's official page
- Melaka FM's official page
- Johor FM's official page
- Pahang FM's official page
- Terengganu FM's official page
- Kelantan FM's official page
- Sarawak FM's official page
- Red FM's official page
- Wai FM Iban's official page
- Wai FM Bidayuh's official page
- Sibu FM's official page
- Miri FM's official page
- Sri Aman FM's official page
- Bintulu FM's official page
- Limbang FM's official page
- Sabah FM's official page
- Sabah V FM's official page
- Keningau FM's official page
- Sandakan FM's official page
- Tawau FM's official page
- Labuan FM's official page
- TV1's official page
- TV2's official page
- TV Okey's official page
- RTM's news portal
- RTM Klik's official page
- RTM Parlimen's official page
- "Tokyo 2020 | RTM". tokyo2020.rtm.gov.my. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
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