Metro TV is Indonesia’s first 24-hour news channel, based in West Jakarta. The station was established on 25 November 2000 and now has over 53 transmission sites 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 station to offer Mandarin news and no sinetron (soap opera) programs in Indonesia, although recently the station has also begun to broadcast entertainment and multicultural programs such as the tech show “e-Lifestyle,” 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.