Upstart web’s a wonder

World Brief

JAKARTA — Indosiar, RCTI and SCTV, long Indonesia’s dominant commercial terrestrial channels, are fighting off competition from upstart web TPI.

The 14-year-old web, run by RCTI holding company Bimantara, has pushed Indosiar to third position and, for a week in early March, even managed to displace SCTV in the No. 2 slot.

While RCTI caters to upscale viewers, TPI concentrates on more blue-collar fare. It puts its success down to religious drama “Rahasia ilahi” (Divine Secret) and “Konser dangdut Indonesia” (Indonesian Dangdut Contest), a “Pop Idol”-style show for a blend of Malay and Indian music called dangdut.

Other smaller webs competing hard for the No. 4 spot in the field of 10 channels are Trans and Lativi, which airs Discovery and Nickelodeon programs.

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