CNN expands to Indonesia in local language

Turner Broadcasting has formed a partnership with PT Trans Media Corpora to launch CNN Indonesia as a 24-hour news channel and website in Bahasa Indonesia.

Jeff Zucker, CNN worldwide president, said this agreement puts CNN in a unique position to reach millions of Indonesians in a way that we have not been able to previously.

The TV channel will be accompanied by a strong digital presence, including CNNIndonesia.com.

With more than 100 million Indonesians expected to be online by 2016, a multi-platform brand will be a vital and complementary component to the on-air offering, the company said.

In addition to recruiting leading local journalists, the channel will also tap into CNN International’s pool of journalistic talent and share content from global affiliate partnerships.

Trans Media will operate CNN Indonesia from its facilities in Jakarta. A launch date will be announced in due course.