THE INDONESIA CHANNEL TO LAUNCH IN KEY MARKETS

Viewers in The Netherlands and Hong Kong will be among the first to enjoy Indonesia’s first 24-hour English-language channel when it launches on June 2, 2014. The Indonesia Channel (TIC) has confirmed international distribution deals with UPC Netherlands and Hong Kong’s PCCW (now TV), agreements that will deliver the compelling story of the world’s fourth-most populous country to nearly 3-million subscribers. “Both markets have important business and cultural ties to Indonesia,” said The Indonesia Channel CEO Dalton Tanonaka. “They were among our priority distribution targets.” “We are pleased to work with TIC to offer top-quality Indonesian programs to Hong Kong viewers,” said Janice Lee, PCCW Managing Director of TV & New Media. “This collaboration further demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers across the community with the best programs.” Tanonaka said distribution deals with other key countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Russia, the U.S. and South Korea should be completed in the near future. Domestically, an agreement was signed today with USee TV, a division of Telkom Indonesia. This gives its 1.5-million subscribers access to TIC. Cable distribution deals are also pending. The Indonesia Channel is a privately-held operation. It will feature signature original programming along with classic Indonesian films and TV series subtitled in English. The live daily newscast “Today’s Indonesia” will provide an important source of information to viewers around the world. “We will, of course, also be spotlighting Indonesia’s visitor treasures on ‘The Best of Bali’ with the multi-talented Jamie Aditya,” said Tanonaka. Other familiar faces on the world’s newest TV channel will be actress/activist Rahayu “Sara” Saraswati on the talk show “Hot Indonesia“; former CNN anchor Lorraine Hahn, host of “Executive Golf”; Jakarta native and former model Ade Andrini on “Fashion for Passion”; and international yoga star Caitlin Turner on “Yoga Bliss.” The Indonesia Channel will also be available globally through live streaming and mobile device applications. Tanonaka (dalton@theindonesiachannel.com) has worked in Indonesia since 2006, most recently with the country’s news channel Metro TV. His “TalkIndonesia” program was a finalist for “Best Talk Show” at the Asian Television Awards in Singapore in December 2013. He was a previous “Best News Anchor” ATA winner. Former HBO and Sony executive John Ovrutsky (john@theindonesiachannel.com) leads the channel’s global distribution team. The channel’s offices and studios are based in Jakarta’s Mega Kuningan district. For more information, contact Indah Ceylan, Manager of Marketing and Communications, at ceylan@theindonesiachannel.com.