MNCTV is an Indonesian private television station. MNCTV was established by Tutut Soeharto, the first daughter of former president Suharto. It began broadcasting on 23 January 1991, at first broadcasting only educational programs, but has since become similar to other Indonesian TV stations, showing programs such as quizzes, sinetrons (soap operas), reality TV shows, sport shows, and recently, dangdut music.
75% of MNCTV’s share is currently held by Media Nusantara Citra, which also has shares on RCTI and Global TV.
TPI,Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia (Indonesian Educational Television) was created as an educational television station by state broadcaster TVRI on January 2, 1991. It aired a two-hour educational programming block targeted to elementary students, junior high school students, and high school students, from 08:00 to 10:00. To do so, it cooperated with the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia.
In April 1991, the block was expanded into 4 hours, from 08:00 to 12:00; later to 6.5 hours, from 06:30 to 12:00; and in 1992 to eight hours, from 06:00 to 14:00. On January 23, 1993, TPI began to air its first soap opera program as a distraction to 16.5 hours at 05:30 to 21:00.
At the 1997 Indonesian Soap-Opera Awards, the soap opera Mat Angin by Deddy Mizwar, aired by TPI, won 11 awards. The series won five awards the following year. Indonesia’s favorite program was Santapan Nusantara a culinary program hosted by Enita Sriyana. Kuis Dangdut (hosted by H. Jaja Miharja), the first and oldest quiz show, also won awards.
On March 6, 2006, Media Nusantara Citra, which also owns RCTI, Global TV, and SINDOtv acquired 75% of the channel. In 2007, new employees were hired, including Mayjen. TNI. (purn.) Sang Nyoman Suwisma, and Dandy Nugroho Rukmana.
On October 20, 2010, TPI officially changed its name to MNCTV. This was because TPI was not in accordance with the written context that TPI is dedicated to education, and therefore changed its name to MNCTV, in order to change the image in the eyes of the public.