TV3 (Malaysian TV network)

Published date: 2023/05/03
  • Location: Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
istem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad, operating as TV3 (pronounced as Tivi Tiga) is a Malaysian free-to-air television channel owned by Media Prima conglomerate. TV3 is the third and third oldest TV station in Malaysia. It was launched on 1 June 1984 as the country's first and oldest private television channel. As of October 2021, TV3 remains to be the most-watched television station in Malaysia with about 17% of its viewing share among other Malaysian television stations, followed by NTV7 and TV9 with 15% of its viewing share, making two of them become the second most-watched television station in the country, despite the declining viewership of 3 free-to-air television channels.[2][3]

TV3 (Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad) officially began broadcasting in the Greater Kuala Lumpur (the area surrounding Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia) in conjunction the Hijri date of the first day of the holy month of Ramadan year 1404 AH (1 June 1984) at 6:00pm local time.[4] The nation's first privately owned TV station was officially launched with a five-hour broadcast time from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. The television channel used to broadcast from a building in Jalan Liku, Bangsar, Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur before it moved to Sri Pentas, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor in 1995.[5][6] Similar to state-owned TV channel RTM TV1, TV3 introduced daily morning transmissions on 1 March 1994, along with the debut of the channel's flagship breakfast television programme – Malaysia Hari Ini (Malaysia Today).[7]

On 22 September 2003, both Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad and The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad were spun off from Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad, which owned the companies since 1993 to form Media Prima Group.[8]

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