CNN launches Indonesian channel

CNN IndonesiaCNN is launching a local language channel in Indonesia.

CNN’s owner, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, struck a deal with local media owner PT Trans Media Corpora to launch CNN Indonesia in Southeast Asia’s most populous country.

The launch – a date for which has yet to be announced – marks the first local language version of the channel in Southeast Asia.

Chairul Tanjung, founder and chairman of Trans Media’s parent company, CT Corp, commented: “I believe this partnership will help Indonesians to better understand the world and even more importantly, also help the world to better understand Indonesia. This is a partnership of two like-minded organisations who share common values of quality, integrity and transparency. CNN Indonesia will be the new destination for trustworthy and engaging content.”

The 24-hour news channel will run with digital support from the website

Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide president, said: “This agreement with one of the country’s largest media corporations puts CNN in a unique position to reach millions of Indonesians in a way that we have not been able to previously. The combination of the strength of the worldwide newsgathering power of CNN with the local perspective and sensibility that Trans Media will bring to the partnership enables us to provide important news and information to this enormous, non-English speaking audience.”

Trans Media will operate CNN Indonesia from its offices in Jakarta.


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