SCTV began broadcasting on August 24, 1990, in Surabaya, East Java as Surabaya Centra Televisi, broadcasting to the city and the surrounding area. At first, the programming was similar to that of RCTI, using some of their news programs until they could produce their own. On August 1, 1993, This TV obtained a national license and eventually moved its operations to Jakarta, changing its name to Surya Citra Televisi.
Its main office is in Central Jakarta, with studios in West Jakarta. It is owned by Surya Citra Media, part of the technology solution company Emtek.
On February 18, 2011, the commissioners of its parent companies Indosiar and SCTV agreed to a merger, although this was subject to government approval due to both companies going public.
The East Java version of Liputan 6, which can only be seen in Surabaya, debuted in 2001. The North Sumatra version of Liputan 6 is seen on SCTV Medan at 9:30 am and re-run at 4:00 pm on SCTV; this version debuted in 1997. Depending on the relay station, additional local programs may also be seen.
In order to broadcast soap operas, SCTV has used Screenplay Productions and Amanah Surga Produksi (AS Productions). There are Cowokku Superboy, Bidadari Takut Jatuh Cinta, Putih Abu-Abu (Since 2012), Cintaku Bersemi di Putih Abu-Abu The Series (Since 2012), Diam-Diam Suka, Ganteng-Ganteng Serigala, and Emak Ijah Pengen Ke Mekkah.
Starting on February 20, 2017, This TV has used SinemArt Pictures. There are Anak Langit, Anak Sekolahan and Berkah Cinta.
SCTV broadcast the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for Season 2012–13 until Season 2014–15 and SCTV broadcast Premier League for Season 2013–14 until Season 2015–16, broadcast together with Indosiar (last broadcast Season 1998–99 until 1999–2000).