MNCN and SCMA Part Ways in Q3

Media Nusantara Citra (MNCN) and Surya Citra Media (SCMA), two of the largest players in the country’s TV broadcasting industry, may continue their fights over production house Sinemart. They, interestingly, reported completely different developments in third quarter of 2017. MNCN, controlled by businessman cum politician Hary Tanoesoedibjo, looks stronger in the quarter. Really?

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The Fate of the Broadcasting License of 10 TV Stations

The Ministry of Communications & Informatics (Kominfo), on behalf of the Central Government, will soon decide on either to extend or not to extend the broadcasting license of RCTI, Global TV, MNC TV/TPI, TV One, ANTV, SCTV, Indosiar, Trans TV, Trans 7 & Metro TV. The broadcasting license of nine out of said ten TV stations will expire on Oct. 16, 2016—Metro TV’s license is the only one to expire on Dec. 29, 2016. An official at the Ministry told us that a routine joint meeting with the nine commissioners from the Indonesian Broadcasting License (KPI) will be held next week. Will this meeting turn into a joint meeting forum (FRB) to discuss the final say of the broadcasting license extension process? Will Kominfo and KPI agree on what to announce?

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