TV9 (Malaysia)


TV9 (Malaysia)
TV9
TV9 (Malaysia).svg
TV9 logo
Launched 22 April 2006
Network Terrestrial
Owned by Media Prima Berhad
Picture format PAL
Slogan TV9 Di Hatiku (since 2010)
Country Malaysia
Language Malay
Broadcast area Nationwide
Affiliates TV3, ntv7
Headquarters Sri Pentas, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Formerly called Channel 9 (2003 - 2005)
Sister channel(s) TV3
ntv7
8TV
Website www.tv9.com.my
Availability
Terrestrial
Analogue Normally tuned to channel 9 in Peninsular Malaysia only
Satellite
Astro Channel 119
IPTV
UniFi (Malaysia) Channel 109

TV9 is a free-to-air private television station in Malaysia. TV9 began broadcasting on 22 April 2006, as a subsidiary of Media Prima Berhad. It formerly existed as Channel 9, which began airing on 9 September 2003 and ceased transmission on 1 February 2005 due to financial difficulties faced by the operator.

TV9 broadcasts programmes that are marketed mostly to Muslim Malays in Malaysia. Its program line-up are religious shows, Indonesian dramas and Nickelodeon cartoon shows.

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History

As Channel 9

Channel 9 old logo
Old Channel 9 Headquarters at Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Channel 9 began its on-air broadcast on 9 September 2003 and its workforce mostly consist of the former MetroVision employees. The channel's line-up consisted of programmes in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil programmes. It also featured a TV Shopping programme.

Anaza Sdn Bhd, the then-operator of THR.fm, acquired Channel 9 from Medanmas Sdn. Bhd. Subsequently, Channel 9 launched its new slogan Malaysia...lah! in 2004.

Under the new management, a slot dedicated for Hindi movies, known as Hindi Power, which also included Tamil Bollywood programmes, was introduced. It airs from 16:00 to 20:00 local time daily.

Channel 9 airs its own news segment called Liputan 9 (literally: 9 Coverage) was Channel 9's primetime news programme, which airs on 20:00 local time daily.

On New Year's Day 2005, Channel 9 announced that it was halting its operations on 1 February 2005 to restructure its debts and corporate organisation. It also faced intense competitions from the other free-to-air television stations in Malaysia during that time. On the same day, Malaysia's largest media corporation, Media Prima Berhad announced its acquisition of 98% equity stake in Ch-9 Media Sdn Bhd and almost completed the company's ownership of all private free-to-air television stations in Malaysia.

Relaunch as TV9

Channel 9 was rebranded as TV9 and began broadcasts on 22 April 2006, 08:00 local time. It was relaunced with a new slogan: Dekat di Hati (Malay for Close at heart).

On 1 January 2010 the channel launched a new tagline, Di Hatiku (At my heart in Malay).

For the first months of broadcast, TV9 did not have its news bulletin and broadcasts Edisi 7, courtesy of NTV7. TV9 only had its own news bulletin later that year, known as Berita TV9, which airs on 20:00 local time everyday.

TV9 is currently only available in Peninsular Malaysia. TV9 was not included in Astro until November 2006, when it was assigned channel 119 on Astro. The inclusion of TV9 in Astro enabled TV9 to spread its wings to Sabah and Sarawak.

The channel usually starts at 07:00 and signs-off at 01:00 the next day, except for during the holy month of Ramadan, when it broadcasts for 24 hours a day.


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