TVRI (Televisi Republik Indonesia, Television of the Republic of Indonesia), legally Lembaga Penyiaran Publik (LPP) Televisi Republik Indonesia (Public Broadcasting Institution Television of the Republic of Indonesia) is a public television network and the oldest television network in Indonesia. Its national headquarters is in Gelora, Central Jakarta.[1]

LPP Televisi Republik Indonesia
TypePublic television network
AvailabilityNational & worldwide
Founded24 August 1962; 58 years ago (1962-08-24)
SloganMedia Pemersatu Bangsa
(The Nation's Unifying Media)
RevenueRp137 billion (2016)
HeadquartersJalan Gerbang Pemuda, Gelora, Central Jakarta
Broadcast area
Nationwide and worldwide
Key people
Arief Hidayat Thamrin (Chairman, Board of Supervisors)
Iman Brotoseno (President Director)
TVRI Kanal 3
TVRI (also broadcast in digital)
AffiliatesSee Regional stations
Official website
Picture format576i SDTV
1080i HDTV (March 2019)
Sister channelsTPI (1990–1997)
QTV (1998–2011)
Swara Channel (1998–2011)
TVRI Kanal 3 (2010-present)
TVRI Sport HD (2010-present)
Launched24 August 1962; 58 years ago (1962-08-24)
MNC Play MediaChannel 118
First MediaChannel 12
TransVisionChannel 818
Sky TVChannel 184
StarHub TV
Channel 179
Aora TVChannel 901
Cablelink (Philippines)Channel 267
Destiny Cable/Sky Cable (Philippines)Channel 239 & 874
MNC VisionChannel 118
TransVisionChannel 184
Sky TVChannel 184
Aora TVChannel 901
Cignal (Philippines)Channel 157
G Sat (Philippines)Channel 117
3926/H/4000 (MPEG-4/HD)
3921/H/3500 (MPEG-2/SD)
Streaming media
TVRI KlikWatch live
MetubeWatch live (TVRI Nasional)
(Indonesia only)
VidioWatch live (TVRI Nasional)
UseeTVWatch live (TVRI Nasional)
(Indonesia only)
TVRI station tower in Senayan, Jakarta

TVRI monopolized television broadcasting in Indonesia until 24 August 1989, when the first commercial television station RCTI went on the air. Alongside RRI, TVRI was converted into a public broadcaster on 18 March 2005, becoming the first public broadcaster in the country.[2]

TVRI currently broadcasts throughout the country with both analog and digital means of broadcast. TVRI operates three national-scale television channels (with two of them only broadcasting in digital) as well as 30 regional television stations (one station under testing) and 361 transmitters.


1962-1975: The idea and initial broadcastEdit

The initial idea to establish a television station in Indonesia was put forward by then Minister of Information Maladi as far as 1952. The argument at the time is that it would be useful for the socialization of the upcoming 1955 general election, but the idea was failed because the idea was deemed as too expensive by the cabinet.[3]

As a part of the preparations for the 1962 Asian Games to be held in Jakarta, in 1961 the Indonesian government decided to include the establishment of a national television station. Later that year, the Television Preparation Committee was formed by the Ministry of Information. On 23 October, President Sukarno ordered to build a studio in the land originally planned for Academy of Information (AKPEN) in Senayan, Jakarta and two television towers, as well as preparing programs and human resources.

TVRI was formed based on the Decree of the Minister of Information of the Republic of Indonesia No. 20/SK/VII/61, then it became part of the Bureau of Radio and Television under the Asian Games IV Organizing Committee later on 1962 Asian Games. TVRI broadcast its first test transmission on the Independence Day celebrations from the Merdeka Palace on 17 August 1962. TVRI went on air, airing the 1962 Asian Games opening ceremony on 24 August 1962. It broadcasts the Asian Games event; live broadcasts were held from the morning to evening and delay broadcasts were held from 20:45 until 23:00 WIB.[4] With TVRI's presence, Indonesia became the sixth country in eastern Asia that has television station, behind Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, China and South Korea.

TVRI began broadcasting advertisements starting March 1963. Later on 20 October 1963, the Yayasan TVRI (TVRI Foundation) was formally created as the official governing authority for the station with President of Indonesia as Chairman. The foundation experience several changes and lasted until late 1990s.[citation needed]

Two years later, the first regional TVRI station opened in Yogyakarta. Later many regional TVRI stations were opened, including Semarang, Medan, Surabaya, Makassar, Manado, Batam, Palembang, Denpasar and Balikpapan. In years to come, TVRI were operating as a network of these regional stations.

1975-1998: Under the New OrderEdit

In 1974, eight years after President Suharto took office, TVRI became a part of the Information Ministry, with the status as a directorate. Its role was to inform the public about government policies. A year after, a decree instituted TVRI a dual status, as a part of the TVRI Foundation and a part of the directorate. In 1976, it began to be broadcast all over Indonesia via Palapa satellite.

The first colour television signal was transmitted via satellite transmission in 1979. The first colour news bulletins were Berita Nasional (National News), Dunia Dalam Berita (The World in News), breaking events segments on Laporan Khusus (Special Report) and Berita Terakhir (Last News).

TVRI in the late 1970s and 1980s became a well-defined mass media component of later-defunct Department of Information, in early years it generating income from advertising slots. In 1982, TVRI launched a second channel, TVRI Programa 2, with a single English-language news program Six Thirty Report for half an hour that began at 18:30 WIB. It also established provincial television production studios.

After enjoying income from advertisements for years, President Suharto abolished the advertisement on TVRI in 1981 in order to "better directing television to help the development programs and avoid negative effects that do not support the spirit of development". This policy would later be revoked after the reform era.

In 1989, TVRI lost its monopoly when the government's sixth Five Year Plan allowed private television stations to begin broadcasting, the first commercial television station being RCTI. For a brief period starting in 1991, TVRI was required to share 8 hours of its afternoon airtime for newly-aired station TPI (later MNCTV); previously TVRI aired the morning broadcast only on Sunday, national holidays, and state events.

1998-2006: Transformation and restructurizationEdit

After the start of the reform era, especially in 2000, TVRI's status was changed. Under a service corporation (Perusahaan Jawatan or Perjan) form, it became responsible firstly to the Ministry of Finance and was then turned into a limited company under the authority of the State Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises for organizational matters and Ministry of Finance for financial matters. Under this arrangement, TVRI broadcasts in accordance with the principles of public television such as independent, neutral and public interest-oriented. Later in 2002, the status of TVRI has changed again to a limited company (Perusahaan Terbuka or PT), still under the two ministries.

Starting 16 November 1998, TVRI introduced the weekday morning broadcast from 05.30 WIB to 09.30 WIB. This airtime addition would continue until July 2001, where TVRI began its almost full-day broadcasts except late night.

The enactment of the Act No. 32/2002 on Broadcasting designated TVRI, along with RRI, as the public broadcasting institution (Lembaga penyiaran publik or LPP) and were removed from direct governmental control of the state. TVRI was given a transition period of 3 years from PT to public broadcasting form. The status then reaffirmed by Government Regulation (Peraturan Pemerintah) No. 13/2005. TVRI officially became LPP on 18 March 2005.

On 12 October 2004, Ministry of Education and Culture (then Ministry of National Education) launched the educational satellite channel TVE (later TV Edukasi). Possibly as a part of widening TVE's reach to larger Indonesian audiences[citation needed], TVE partnered with TVRI — under the partnership TVRI agree to relay daytime TVE broadcasts starting in 2004. The partnership ends in the early 2010s.[when?]

2006-present: Modernization and rebrandingEdit

Following the government plan to introduce digital television in Indonesia, TVRI launched its digital broadcasting on 21 December 2010. Initially launched in Jakarta, Surabaya and Batam, TVRI also launched two digital terrestrial channel: TVRI 3 (currently TVRI Kanal 3) and TVRI 4 (currently TVRI Sport HD). The channels were the first digital terrestrial channel in Indonesia. The launch was attended by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Minister of Communications and Information Technology Tifatul Sembiring.[5][6]

In 2017, the TVRI board of supervisors installed a well-known television figure Helmy Yahya as the chief director and Apni Jaya Putra (former programming director at Kompas TV) as the news and programming director. In the leadership era of Helmy Yahya and Apni Jaya Putra, TVRI began to remodel its programming on a large scale.

On March 29, 2019, at the concert special Menggapai Dunia (Reaching the World), TVRI adopted its new logo as a part of the rebranding efforts. The new logo was actually decided to be released in the fourth quarter of 2018, but for several reasons, it was postponed at the end of March 2019. At the same time, all TVRI regional stations have changed their logo in front of their respective studios.

In August 2019, TVRI together with two national private networks (Metro TV and Trans7) and Ministry of Communication and Information Technology officially launched digital television broadcasts for border regions in Nunukan Regency, North Kalimantan. With the launch, the government hoped that people in all regions of Indonesia can watch the best, high quality shows that are broadcast on all national and local TV with sharper and clearer images than analog television, without the need for fees such as buying a television (only paying to buy an antenna and set-top box).[7]

As the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia urging the government to appeal Indonesians to "work, study, and pray at home", the Ministry of Education and Culture renewed again its partnership with TVRI, this time to broadcast educational programming on a dedicated block on the TVRI network starting 13 April 2020. Titled Belajar dari Rumah, the block consists of kids program Jalan Sesama for young children, instructional programming for elementary and high school students, and a parenting program on weekdays; as well as national movies at several weeknights and children, talkshow, and documentary programs at weekends. The block is aired every day at 08.00 to 11.00 WIB and 21.30 to 23.30 WIB on several weeknights, and also broadcast on TV Edukasi.[citation needed]

A proposed new Broadcasting Act currently in the making, replacing Act No. 32/2002, would merge TVRI with RRI into RTRI (Radio Televisi Republik Indonesia, Radio [and] Television of the Republic of Indonesia).[8]


TVRI is designated as public broadcasting institution per Act No. 32 of 2002 on Broadcasting, which defined as a "legal entity established by the state, independent, neutral, not commercial, and has the function to provide services for the public benefit". Its duty, according to Government Regulation No. 13 of 2005, is "to provide the healthy information, education and entertainment services, (maintain) social control and unity, and preserve the nation's culture for the whole public benefit by organizing television broadcast that reaches all parts of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia".

TVRI organization structure consists of five Board of Supervisors (Dewan Pengawas) appointed by the People's Representative Council (DPR) and six Board of Directors (Dewan Direksi) appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Both are sworn in by the President, served for five years and renewable once.

Initially, a "television fee" has been existed to supplement TVRI funding besides the state budget until the 1990s, but later abolished. According to article 15 of the Broadcasting Act, TVRI funding comes from several sources such as broadcasting fees, state budget (drafted by the government and the DPR), community contribution, and advertisement, as well as other legal efforts related to the broadcasting operation. In fact, as of today the broadcasting fee is not yet implemented, and TVRI is asked to generate "non-tax revenue" for the state by various funding sources (except state or regional budget) regulated in Government Regulation No. 33/2017; which some of the revenue would be returned to the network.

As of 2018, TVRI has approximately 4.300 employees, of which 90% are government workers, with an estimated 1.800 of whom are based in Jakarta.



TVRI currently operates three national channels and a dedicated regional channel, some of them currently broadcast in digital (DVB-T) only:

  • TVRI (or TVRI Nasional to distinguish from other TVRI channels): The main channel with nationwide coverage, currently networked with TVRI regional stations in its analog channel. The channel broadcasts information and educational content as well as entertainment from as early as 04:00 to as late as 01:30 WIB the next day, except during sports occasions and the Ramadan season where it broadcasts throughout the night.
  • Kanal 2: Currently in analog and digital, TVRI Jakarta serves in Jakarta as a local station. "TVRI Kanal 2" exists in digital as host for TVRI regional stations by their respective on-air names, with the hope that all regional programming will no longer be carried on TVRI Nasional in the future.
  • Kanal 3: The digital-only channel, currently broadcasts cultural programming.
  • Sport: The digital-only channel, currently broadcasts sports programming as well as simulcasting live sports events from TVRI Nasional.

Regional stationsEdit

TVRI has 29 regional stations covering all provinces of Indonesia, shown below in their native names and broadcast area:

A regional station for West Papua, TVRI Papua Barat, is currently under testing.

A former regional station for East Timor, TVRI Dili, ceased operation in 1999. East Timor national broadcaster RTTL currently takes place.

Recent controversiesEdit

HTI events airingEdit

On June 6, 2013, TVRI aired a delayed broadcast of the Muktamar Khilafah (Caliphate Conference) organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta.[9] The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) Commissioner, Idy Muzayyad assesses that TVRI as a public broadcasting institution has "experiencing national disorientation" by broadcasting this event because "HTI's ideology is questioning the state ideology and nationalism, as well as rejecting democracy"; but HTI spokesperson Ismail Yusanto says that "TVRI is a public broadcaster, and HTI is also a part of the public" and the broadcast is "a part of the public's right to be broadcast and heard".[10] TVRI was called and was open to the possibility of being sanctioned by KPI.[11]

The dismissal of Helmy Yahya and internal chaosEdit

On December 6, 2019, Helmy Yahya has been temporarily dismissed as President Director for the 2017-2022 period by the TVRI Board of Supervisors lead by Arief Hidayat Thamrin and replaced by acting President Director Supriyono. According to news sources in almost all mass media on January 16, 2020, Helmy Yahya was officially dismissed from his position by the board permanently and unilaterally; citing the "too expensive" purchase of broadcast rights for the Premier League from Djarum-owned premium multiplatform network Mola TV, a problem during Siapa Berani quiz show, and other problems.[12][13] The dismissal made most of the public (including netizens) disappointed and wanted to defend that Helmy Yahya remained legitimate in leading TVRI until 2022, but unfortunately the board continued to refuse Helmy Yahya's defense until the election for the new president director to replace him.[14][15]

As of March 27, 2020, another three directors (including News (Editor in Chief) and Program Director Apni Jaya Putra) were temporarily dismissed for less than a month by the TVRI Board of Supervisors regarding the Helmy Yahya case.[16] Unfortunately, after the dismissal of the three directors the conflict was still revoked. On May 13, all of them (including Apni) were permanently dismissed.[17]

On May 27, 2020, the TVRI Board of Supervisors has appointed Indonesian advertising practitioner, journalist, and filmmaker/film director Iman Brotoseno as the new President Director for the remainder of the 2017-2022 period, replacing Helmy Yahya.[18]


List of slogansEdit

  • Menjalin Persatuan dan Kesatuan (Weaving Unity and Oneness, 1990s–2001)
  • Makin Dekat Di Hati (Going Closer to The Heart, 2001–2003)
  • Semangat Baru (New Spirit, 2003–2012)
  • Saluran Pemersatu Bangsa (The Nation's Unifying Channel, 2012–2019)
  • Betul Sekali (Absolutely Correct, 2015–2017, additional slogan)
  • Kami Kembali (We Fight Back, 2018–2019, additional slogan)
  • Media Pemersatu Bangsa (The Nation's Unifying Media, 2019–present)

See alsoEdit


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  17. ^ "Diduga Kisruh Berlanjut, Dewas TVRI Copot Direktur Berita Apni Jaya Putra". Suara (in Indonesian). 2020-05-13. Archived from the original on 2020-05-26. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
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Further readingEdit

  • Department of Information, Republic of Indonesia (1999) Indonesia 1999: An Official Handbook (No ISBN)
  • Schwartz, Adam (1994) A Nation in Waiting: Indonesia in the 1990s, Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86373-635-2

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