RCTI (Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia) is an Indonesian free-to-air television network based in West Jakarta. Its programming consists of news bulletins, sports events and soap operas.

Launched24 August 1989 (1989-08-24)
Owned byMedia Nusantara Citra; formerly co-owned with Global Mediacom and Rajawali Corpora
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 4:3 576i for the SDTV feed)
SloganKebanggaan bersama milik bangsa
(The Nation's Collective Pride)
Oke (tagline)
Broadcast areaNational. Also available in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and via satellite across Asia-Pacific.
HeadquartersJakarta, Indonesia
Sister channel(s)GTV
MNC VisionChannel 80 (SD)
Channel 430 (HD)
TransVisionChannel 808
Palapa D3774/H/6500 MPEG-4
4186/V/8800 MPEG-2
First MediaChannel 39
MNC Play MediaChannel 80 (SD)
Channel 430 (HD)
Streaming media
RCTI+Watch live (Indonesia only)
MeTubeWatch live (Indonesia only)
MIVOWatch live
VidioWatch live


On 6 November 1988, state broadcaster TVRI lost its monopoly when the government's sixth 4-year plan allowed private television stations to begin broadcasting. RCTI was officially inaugurated on the morning of 24 August 1989 by President Suharto as Indonesia's first privately-owned commercial terrestrial television network. Evening programming was launched by Minister of Information Harmoko. It initially broadcast to the Jakarta area from Jabodetabek as a local pay television channel and was awarded a nationwide license one year later. It now has 48 relay stations around Indonesia and reaches 180 million viewers. It is completely owned by PT Media Nusantara Citra (MNC), which also owns Global TV and MNCTV, both private Indonesian television stations.


The flagship news program is Seputar iNews (formerly Seputar Indonesia), which has morning, lunchtime and late-night editions. RCTI also broadcasts quiz shows, including the Indonesian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which ran from 2001 to 2006. Cartoon shows include Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan, the latter has since been replaced by locally produced Kiko (The Animated Series). RCTI currently broadcast several daily soap operas (known as Layar Drama Indonesia, showing in many titles), as well as occasional sport programmes and localized version of talent shows, such as Indonesian Idol, Rising Star Indonesia, and MasterChef Indonesia.

Other segments

RCTI only shows Maghrib prayer in some cities, including Jakarta and Bandung. Some RCTI stations also broadcast local programming. For example, RCTI Jawa Timur airs Seputar iNews Jatim, while in Bandung, Seputar iNews Jabar is aired. The Palembang station shows Seputar iNews Sumsel, the Batam station shows Seputar iNews Kep. Riau and the Medan station shows Seputar iNews Sumut. They are mostly shown during the final half-hour of Seputar iNews Pagi (05:30-06:00 WIB or, depending on the local area, 06:30-07:00 WITA and 07:30-08:00 WIT)

Overseas broadcasting

RCTI is available as a free-to-air channel in East Timor, but only in Dili and other cities such as Ermera and Baucau. RCTI is also available in Malaysia as a free-to-air channel in Johor Bahru, and in Singapore as a free-to-air channel by using antenna. RCTI is the only Indonesian free-to-air TV channel to be broadcast free-to-air outside Indonesia. Indonesian drama series like Bunga di Tepi Jalan, Bintang, Liontin and Pernikahan Dini currently air on Astro Aruna, a channel on the Singaporean SingTel mio TV 24 Hours IPTV Pay TV Service, but these were broadcast on RCTI on 2001, 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Notable broadcasts

Obama Eksklusif RCTI Bersama Putra Nababan ("Exclusive Interview with Barack Obama") is a television program that aired in March 2010, showing an interview between Indonesian journalist Putra Nababan and President Barack Obama. According to the president, it was probably the first interview ever done by Indonesian television in the White House.[1] The interview covered the partnership between Indonesia and the United States and the president's experiences during his childhood in Indonesia.

This show won an award at the 2011 Panasonic Gobel Awards.[2]



Slogan Start usage End usage
Hadirkan Pentas Dunia di Rumah Anda
(Bringing the world to your home)
1989 1993
Saluran Informasi & Hiburan
(The Information and Entertainment Channel)
1990 1993
Kebanggaan Bersama Milik Bangsa
(The Nation's collective pride)
1993 present
(RCTI, Okay)
1994 present

See also


  1. Obama Eksklusif RCTI Bersama Putra Nababan: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
  2. VIVA, PT VIVA MEDIA BARU- (26 March 2011). "Daftar Pemenang Panasonic Gobel Awards - VIVA". www.viva.co.id (in Indonesian). Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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