Suria (TV channel)

Suria (Malay for Sun) is a Singaporean free-to-air channel owned by Mediacorp. The channel broadcasts popular Malay television series, either originally produced by Mediacorp or imported from Malaysia.

Launched30 January 2000 (2000-01-30)
NetworkMediacorp TV12
Owned byMediacorp
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
SloganSinar bersama anda
Broadcast areaSingapore
HeadquartersMediacorp Campus, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507
Sister channel(s)Channel 5
Channel 8
Channel U
AnalogueChannel 12
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 29 (HD)
StarHub TVChannel 104 (HD)
Singtel TVChannel 4 (HD)


The channel was launched as Channel 12 on 31 January 1984 with cultural programming on its line-up. The channel aired some sports events such as the Summer and Winter Olympics, Asian Games, SEA Games, Commonwealth Games, FIFA World Cup, European Cup and the English Premier League.

On 1 January 1994, Channel 12 started airing Malay-language series transferred from Channel 5. On 1 October 1994, the Singaporean Broadcasting Corporation was dissolved and Television Twelve took over the television station. On 1 September 1995, Channel 12 was renamed Prime 12 to match with the launch of its sister channel Premiere 12. Tamil-language programmes from channel 8 were transferred to Prime 12.

As a standalone channel

On 30 January 2000, Prime 12 was renamed Suria, becoming a standalone Malay channel as it is today. At the same time, Tamil programmes were transferred to Premiere 12, resulting to be renamed Central.


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