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Jakarta Post

Indonesian broadcasters: Have they given up?

  • Ibrahim Kholilul Rohman and Moinul Zaber


Jakarta   /   Thu, August 22, 2019   /  09:10 am
Indonesian broadcasters: Have they given up? A TVRI studio films an afternoon news program. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama )

The Indonesian public at large is currently witnessing depressing news concerning NET television — a TV channel known for its great quality and creativity. Rumor has it that it might lay off hundreds of employees because of operational reasons. This is actually only the tip of the iceberg concerning the Indonesian broadcast industry that requires massive reforms. For those who are still watching Indonesian TV stations, the declining quality in some of the programs is quite appalling. They offer little or no value to their audience, a stark contrast to the time of our upbringing in the 1990s when broadcasters had a clear comparative advantage. RCTI, for example, had a clear selling point for their popular content in music and sports programs, SCTV in news, TPI in education and TVRI for general programs. The quality of current programs leaves a lot to be desired. Many have b...

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