Metro TV is an Indonesian free-to-air television news network based in West Jakarta. It was established on 25 November 2000 and now has over 53 TV repeater stations all over the country. It is owned by Surya Paloh who also owns the Media Indonesia daily. These two, along with other newspapers distributed in different parts of Indonesia, are part of the Media Group.
It is the only TV network to offer Mandarin-language news and no sinetron (soap opera) programs in Indonesia, although recently it has also begun to broadcast entertainment and multicultural programs such as the tech show e-Lifestyle (ceased), the satirical news and current affairs show Republik Mimpi (The Dream Republic), musical programming such as Musik+ and Idenesia, and other special or regional programming.
Metro TV was launched on 25 November 2000 by Putra Nababan as first news anchored and first newscast. Metro TV was the first Indonesian television company to have been officially inaugurated by the President of Indonesia himself.
In November 25, 2020 during station's 20th anniversary, its on-air bug was replaced with eagle icon of current logo with "METRO TV" in smaller size below of the eagle (the text was removed during advertisements). However, logo shown in the infobox was still used for corporate and some brandings.
Metro TV has a different concept than the other stations in Indonesia. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, with programmes focused on news around the world. Unlike other stations, Metro TV never airs sinetrons.
Metro TV broadcast three new English language programmes, World News, Indonesia Now, and Talk Indonesia. It also had Chinese language programmes such as Metro Xin Wen, as well as IT, documentary, and culinary programmes. It has a motivation talkshow, Mario Teguh Golden Ways. It also shows business programming, including "Economic Challenges" and Bisnis Hari Ini (Business Today, no longer aired).
Metro TV also has an informercial block, usually residential, but sometimes, any price of product and technology. The infomercial block usually airs on networks and stations during morning on weekends. The block has no commercial breaks. This channel is owned by Media Group, which also owns Media Indonesia and Lampung Post newspapers.
However, Metro TV was not the first Indonesian channel to be broadcast in English. RCTI became the first Indonesian channel to broadcast in English when showing Indonesia Today on 1 November 1996. This English news programme was made with a specific target audience in mind: foreigners who wanted to know the latest news and more information about Indonesia. It ended in 2001. Metro TV later broadcast Metro This Morning and News Flash. Metro This Morning ended in March 2007. Metro TV was the only news channel in Indonesia until 2008, when Lativi was re-branded as tvOne by dropping all of sitcoms as well as soap operas, focusing on news and sports programmes.