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Ch-9 Media Sdn Bhd (TV9) is a free-to-air private television station in Malaysia. TV9 began broadcasting on 22 April 2006 as a subsidiary of Media Prima Berhad. It formerly existed as Channel 9, which began airing on 9 September 2003 and ceased transmission on 1 February 2005 due to financial difficulties faced by the operator.

TV9
Ch-9 Media Sdn Bhd
NewlogoTV9 (Malaysia).png
Current TV9 logo since its relaunch in 2006
Launched 9 September 2003 (2003-09-09) (Channel 9)
22 April 2006 (2006-04-22) (TV9)
Closed 3 February 2005 (2005-02-03) (Channel 9)
Owned by Media Prima Berhad
Picture format PAL (576i) (4:3/16:9)
HDTV (1080i) (16:9)
Audience share 8% (Sept 2013[1], )
Slogan TV9 Di Hatiku
Country Malaysia
Language Main:
Malay
Minority:
English, Indonesian
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Sri Pentas, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Formerly called Channel 9 (9 September 2003 - 3 February 2005)
Sister channel(s)
Website www.tv9.com.my
Availability
Terrestrial
Analogue Channel 33 / Channel 42 (UHF) (In Klang Valley) [1]
myFreeview (Malaysia) Channel 109
[3][4][5]
Satellite
Astro (Malaysia) Channel 119 (SD) [2]
Astro NJOI (Malaysia) Channel 119 (SD)[6]
IPTV
Unifi TV (Malaysia) Channel 109[2]
Streaming media
Live Streaming (Malaysia only) live.tonton.com.my/livetv/index-tv9.html

The channel operates from 6:00 am to 1:00 am the next day, except during the holy month of Ramadan, when it broadcasts round the clock.

TV9 airs programming that tends mostly towards the rural Malay demographic, such as religious shows and Indonesian soap operas. In addition, it also has a joint segment with American children-oriented channel Nickelodeon on afternoons airing the latter's animated shows albeit dubbed in Malay, as Nick di 9.

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HistoryEdit

As Channel 9Edit

 
Channel 9 old logo
 
Old Channel 9 Headquarters at Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Channel 9 began its on-air broadcast on 9 September 2003 and its workforce mostly consist of the former MetroVision employees. The channel's line-up consisted of programmes in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. It also featured a TV Shopping programme.

Anaza Sdn Bhd, the then-operator of THR.fm, acquired Channel 9 from Medanmas Sdn. Bhd. Subsequently, Channel 9 launched its new slogan Malaysia...lah! in 2004.

Under the new management, a slot dedicated for Hindi movies, known as Hindi Power, which also included Tamil Bollywood programmes, was introduced. It airs from 16:00 to 20:00 local time daily.

Channel 9 airs its own television news called Liputan 9 (literally: 9 Coverage) was Channel 9's flagship daily evening news bulletin programmes, which airs on 20:00 local time daily.

On New Year's Day 2005, Channel 9 announced that it was halting its operations on 1 February 2005 to restructure its debts and corporate organisation. It also faced intense competitions from the other free-to-air television stations in Malaysia during that time. On the same day, Malaysia's largest media corporation, Media Prima Berhad announced its acquisition of 98% equity stake in Ch-9 Media Sdn Bhd and almost completed the company's ownership of all private free-to-air television stations in Malaysia.

Renamed as TV9Edit

Channel 9 was renamed as TV9, with test transmission commenced on Saturday, 1 April 2006 with 4-hour broadcasts from 8:00 pm to midnight daily. Full launch of the channel began at noon of 22 April 2006 with a new slogan: Dekat di Hati (Malay for Close at heart).

On 1 January 2010, the channel launched a new tagline, Di Hatiku (At your heart in Malay).

For the first months of broadcast, TV9 did not have its in-house news bulletin, except for Edisi 7 simulcasts from NTV7. TV9 began to produce news bulletins on 1 January 2007, under the Berita TV9 (literally: TV9 News) brand. It is currently broadcasting two half-hour editions: a midday edition at 1:00 pm Saturday to Thursday, and its flagship nightly edition at 8:00 pm.

TV9 is available via terrestrial television in Peninsular Malaysia. Since December 2006, it expanded its coverage to Sabah and Sarawak via pay television provider Astro.

CriticismEdit

Inclusion of home shopping blocksEdit

Since 1 April 2016 Media Prima included home shopping block CJ WOW Shop, collaboration between them and Korean conglomerate CJ Group, to all of its channels lineup, including TV9. It currently airs on this channel weekdays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (with buffer periods at 1:00 pm from Monday to Thursday to accommodate Berita TV9 Tengah Hari), and weekends from 8:30am to 1:00 pm and from 1:30 pm to 6:00pm. Such long periods of teleshopping blocks has make this channel known as a part time TV shopping channel. This block, however, attracted huge criticism by viewers thru social media due to overtaking a large part of daytime schedule, previously running mostly reruns, religious programming and kids programming.[7][8][9][10] On 4 March 2018, Friday to Sunday breakfast show Nasi Lemak Kopi O (which formerly occupied the first two hour block of CJ WOW Shop) ended its 10 year run; thus gave the home shopping block's a weekend extension.

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