RTM TV Okey
Okey RTM.png
CountryMalaysia
Broadcast area
HeadquartersAngkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Programming
Language(s)
Picture format1080i HDTV
Ownership
OwnerRadio Televisyen Malaysia
Sister channels
History
Launched21 March 2018; 4 years ago (2018-03-21)
Links
WebsiteOkey
Availability
Terrestrial
myFreeviewChannel 110 (HD)
Streaming media
RTMKlikWatch live

RTM TV Okey (stylised as OKeY) is a Malaysian free-to-air television channel operated by Radio Televisyen Malaysia dedicated to East Malaysians and urban youths.[1][2] It was launched on 21 March 2018 and airs programmes in English, Malay, and East Malaysian languages such as Bajau, Dusun, Kadazan (Sabah) and Iban (Sarawak).[3]

Old logo of OKEY (2018-19)
Old logo of OKEY (2018-19)

The channel's name is an acronym for “opportunity”, “knowledge”, “experience” and “yours”.

History

RTMi
CountryMalaysia
HeadquartersAngkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ownership
OwnerRadio Televisyen Malaysia
History
Launched1 February 2000 (trial broadcast)
11 April 2006 (official broadcast)
Closed15 March 2009
Muzik Aktif
CountryMalaysia
HeadquartersAngkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ownership
OwnerRadio Televisyen Malaysia
History
Launched16 March 2009
Closed10 April 2011
TVi
RTM TVi.jpg
CountryMalaysia
Broadcast areaMalaysia
Singapore
Brunei
HeadquartersAngkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ownership
OwnerRadio Televisyen Malaysia
History
Launched11 April 2011; 11 years ago (2011-04-11)
Closed21 March 2018; 4 years ago (2018-03-21)

Before TV Okey exist, three test channels were launched by RTM as part of its Digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcasting trial on selected households and pay television network Astro channel 180 from 2006 to 2018:[4][5] RTMi, RTM Muzik Aktif (Active Music) and TVi (TV Interaktif/TV Interactive).[6] RTMi was a channel that broadcast RTM1 and RTM2 programme previews for 5 hours daily from 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m., RTM Muzik Aktif was a music channel while TVi was a channel that promote East Malaysian culture.[7][8] There were plans in the early 2010s to launch state television channels for Sabah and Sarawak by RTM, but eventually they were not realised. In Sarawak, however, the state television plan was later undertaken by Sarawak Media Group, which launched TVS on 11 October 2020.

TV Okey was launched on 21 March 2018 in the evening at Hilton Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.[9] On 1 April 2019, TV Okey has started its HDTV broadcasting in conjunction with RTM's 73rd anniversary, and available exclusively through myFreeview DTT service on Channel 110. Beginning 6 April 2020, TV Pendidikan air on the channel daily under the Kelas@Rumah (Class@Home) programming, marking its return to RTM after 20 years.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ Yusa, Zam (21 March 2018). "Najib launches new TV channel for Sabah and Sarawak". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  2. ^ Zainuddin, Alifah (22 February 2019). "RTM-Bernama merger on the cards". The Malaysian Reserve. Archived from the original on 24 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. ^ Olivia Miwil; Suzianah Jiffar (21 March 2018). "TV Okey set to feature more local dialects in Sabah and Sarawak". New Straits Times. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  4. ^ "RTM Introduces New Channel On Astro". Bernama. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ "RTM Lancar Stesen TV5 Rai Ulang Tahun Ke-71" (in Malay). My News Hub. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  6. ^ "New TV channel to focus on Sarawak, Sabah — Rais". theborneopost.com. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  7. ^ "TVi official website". Archived from the original on 2017-12-24.
  8. ^ "New TV channel for Sabah and Sarawak". The Star (Malaysia). Bernama. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  9. ^ Suzianah Jiffar and Olivia Miwil (21 March 2018). "TV OKEY dilancar". Harian Metro. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  10. ^ RTM's TV Okey brings classes home