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TV3 (Malaysia)

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Picture format
576i 4:3/16:9 SDTV


Broadcast area

Astro (Malaysia)
Channel 103


Sister channel(s)
ntv7; 8TV; TV9

Owned by
Media Prima

Audience share
24% (2013,)

Logo of TV3, a Malaysian television channel

1 June 1984 (1984-06-01)

Keriangan sentiasa bersamamu di TV3 (The fun is always with you on TV3), used only in station identifications

Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Keriangan sentiasa bersamamu di TV3 (The fun is always with you on TV3), used only in station identifications

TV shows
Buletin Utama, BoBoiBoy, Jejak Rasul, Anugerah Juara Lagu, 999


TV3 is a Malaysian private, free-to-air television channel owned and operated by the Media Prima Berhad, a Malaysian conglomerate. It began broadcasting on 1 June 1984. Now it broadcasts 24 hours a day.


In 2013, TV3 remained the most watched television station in Malaysia, despite the declining viewership of free-to-air television, due to the high penetration of its sister channels, RTM Free TV, Pay TV and the further roll-out of free-to-air digital television.

Similar to most television stations in Southeast Asia, TV3 is known for its Soap operas.


TV3 began broadcasting on 1 June 1984 at 18:00 local time, launched by the then Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.

On 28 July 1984, TV3 became the first commercial channel in collaboration with RTM bringing Malaysians the live coverage of the Los Angeles Olympics. The same was also done in 1988 and 1992.


Prior to the introduction of daytime broadcast that includes Early Morning Show: Malaysia Pagi Ini 1985-1994 7:30am-9:30am and Late Morning Show: Malaysia Hari Ini in 1994, TV3 broadcast on Mondays to Wednesdays starting at 4:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:10 p.m., Fridays at 12:00 p.m. (later 9:00 a.m.) and Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 a.m.. Transmissions ended at around 12:30 a.m. after the news, except for Saturdays.

The first 24-hour broadcast of TV3 was on 31 August 1997 as the first 24-hour television station in Malaysia, but was discontinued after almost a year due to unpopularity and the Asian financial crisis. 24-hour broadcasting on TV3 returned in 2003 in the Ramadhan month. The current 24-hour broadcasting on TV3 began in January 2010, although TV3 may remain sign-off for the analogue versions of the channel/due to maintenance. Between November 2010 and January 2011, TV3 broadcasts from 6:30am to 12:30am. It also broadcasts between 6.30am to 2.30am between early 2015 until early 2016.

The prime-time soap operas were initially broadcast for 30 minutes a day (21:15-21:45) in 2010, then expanded to 90 minutes (21:15-22:45) in 2011, then 120 minutes (21:00-23:00) in 2012, and now 150 minutes (21:00-23:30). Generally, Nightline follows the soap opera.

The main news program is Buletin Utama, broadcast at 20:00-21:00, and the morning news program is Buletin Pagi, broadcast at 09:00-09:30. During floods and certain major events, news programs are expanded, and added midday news.

Drama series

  • Slot Akasia
  • Slot Aksi
  • Slot Azalea
  • Slot Lestary
  • Slot Samarinda
  • Slot Zehra
  • Sinetron
  • Telenovela
  • Movies

  • Citraneka Indonesia
  • Citraneka Malaysia
  • Mega Movie Hollywood movies
  • Panggung Wayang Indonesia
  • Panggung Wayang Malaysia
  • News

  • Buletin 1:30
  • Buletin Pagi
  • Berita Terkini
  • Buletin Utama
  • Nightline
  • Documentaries

  • Al-Hidayah
  • Al-Kuliyyah
  • Jejak Rasul
  • Majalah 3
  • Motivasi Pagi
  • Sindbad
  • Spice Routes
  • Talkshows

  • Malaysia Hari Ini
  • Wanita Hari Ini
  • Animation series

  • Aikatsu!
  • Astro Boy
  • Atashinchi
  • Beyblade
  • Bleach
  • Boboiboy
  • Card Captor Sakura
  • Crush Gear Turbo
  • Detective Conan
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Initial D
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Mirmo Zibang
  • Mon Colle Knights
  • Naruto
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • Samurai 7
  • Stanley
  • Super Doll Licca
  • Teacher's Pet
  • † Starts up weekdays on the first week of January; Second season only


  • Female Malaysia Basketball 2016-2017 (Starting : August 29, 2016 - January 29, 2017)
  • Soccer News
  • Features

    Since its launch, TV3 has been the leading television station in Malaysia and has twice reached 51% of audience share, the highest share ever achieved by a Malaysian television station. In terms of advertising revenue, the company retains its leadership position and continues to produce strong revenue growth from advertisements. TV3 continues to upgrade its equipment for production and transmission, and its employees receive continuous exposure and training in television production. This has enabled TV3 to remain as the premier private commercial broadcaster.

    TV3 together with TV9 and local English language daily the New Straits Times and Malay language daily Berita Harian form the largest media group in Malaysia, collectively known as Media Prima Berhad. It is currently headed by Ahmad Izham Omar.

    With Malaysia on the track to economic recovery, there has been a correspondingly steady demand for local programmes, whether it be news, current affairs, magazines, talk shows, sports, documentaries, dramas or films. With a strong base of television producers have revolutionised local content production to admiral levels in the broadcast industry. The station has been a trendsetter by producing quality local production and has caught the attention and loyalty of Malaysians. Believing in the precept that local content is the way to go, TV3 continues to invest in people and equipment to produce quality local content. However, the station also broadcasts a balance of quality foreign content movies, dramas, situation comedy, documentaries and sports.

    TV3 currently broadcasts on VHF Channel 12 and UHF Channel 29. It is widely seen as favouring the government and not giving enough coverage for the opposition. TV3 is testing digital terrestrial television, using the Chinese DMB-T/H system. Its coverage is limited to Kuala Lumpur City area only.


  • TV3 was awarded the 2007 Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award for Responsible Entrepreneurship organised by Enterprise Asia for its significant contributions towards corporate social responsibility.
  • Slogans

  • TV3! Untuk Anda (TV3! For you) (1984-1989)
  • Rangkaian Sukaramai (Everyone's Favourite Network) (1986-1993)
  • Berita Terkini Hiburan Sensasi (First In News, Best In Entertainment) (1993-1999)
  • Duniamu (Your World) (1999-2006)
  • Pilihan Hatiku (My Heart's Choice) (2006-2007)
  • Di Sisimu (By Your Side) (2007-2009)
  • Inspirasi Hidupku (My Life's Inspiration) (2008–2014)
  • 3 Dekad Bersama TV3 (3 Decades with TV3) (30th anniversary, June 2014)
  • Keriangan sentiasa bersamamu di TV3 (The fun is always with you on TV3) (since its 30th anniversary in June 2014) (used only on station idents)
  • Criticism and controversy

  • In Singapore, the channel ran into controversy because it broadcast programmes in Cantonese, which ran contrary to the Singapore government's policy of promoting Mandarin instead of other dialects in broadcast media. Consequently, it prevented people in government-built housing blocks from installing the special antennas required to receive the channel. In addition, it prevented local newspapers and magazines from carrying listings for TV3, even though these were available for the other Malaysian channels. TV3 was available on Singapore CableVision (now StarHub TV), Singapore's only cable TV operator, until it was removed at 9pm, 22 July 2002 owing to copyright issues.
  • In 2007, a reality television programme broadcast on TV3 called Sensasi was banned amid accusations that host Awal Ashaari "humiliating a person to sensationalise the issue" along with complaints to actress Rosnah Mat Aris that touched on sensitive issues relating to Islam by linking Siti Khadijah, wife of Prophet Muhammad to the present issue of women courting younger men. Another reality television show, Teleskop, was banned in 1995 after panellist Nasir Jani's swearing on air.
  • In 2010, TV3 broadcast a controversial Hari Raya Aidilfitri advertisement, which incorporated elements of Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism in the Aidilfitri celebrations. This sparked a huge public outcry especially from Malay Muslims. The advertisement was then withdrawn after just a few days and TV3 was fined MYR50,000 for the broadcast.
  • In 2015, TV3 was accused of plagiarism, after it was revealed that its new news design was copied from the Dutch RTL Nieuws, which had introduced its new news design in May 2014.
  • From 1 April 2016 to 31 December 2016, A teleshopping block called CJ WOW Shop has been broadcast across Media Prima channels. Some Media Prima channels (especially NTV7 and TV9) are more affected by the changes. This block has attracted huge criticism on social media as a large part of daytime schedule has been replaced by CJ Wow Shop, which these slots had been previously running mostly reruns, religious programming and kids programming.
  • References

    TV3 (Malaysia) Wikipedia