The first transmission aired on January 17, 2002 at 16:00 WIB, and was officially launched on July 30, 2002 at 19:00 WIB. The final transmission and broadcast aired on February 14, 2008 at 19:30 WIB. The network was then sold by Abdul Latief and the new owners changed the name from Lativi to tvOne.
As part of the boom in national television stations in the 2000s, Lativi was one of five new national television networks which were granted a license to broadcast nationwide in Indonesia. It was initially owned by Abdul Latief, previously Minister of Labor and also a famous entrepreneur.
After Lativi bankruptcy
By 2007, ownership of the network had transferred to Aburizal Bakrie and Erick Thohir (as president director) due to debt and poor network management.
Then the husband and wife team of Divi Lukmansyah and Nane Nindya anchored the first newscast. The television network officially started broadcasting on-air as tvOne on Thursday, 14 February 2008 at 19:30 local time. It was opened by then President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla, at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta. Anindya Bakrie (the son of Aburizal Bakrie) was named as the Chief Commissioner and Erick Thohir as the President Director.
tvOne was the second Indonesian television channel to be officially inaugurated by the President of Indonesia himself.
tvOne broadcasts a mixture of news and sports. The network is now more targeted towards A and B socio-economic groups. Currently, tvOne broadcasts formal and daily news and current affairs programming during the daily schedule and some sports and live events programming on most weekends and weeknights. Aside from its daily news bulletins, tvOne broadcasts a three-minute news summary every hour outside its bulletins and live breaking news. Since 2008, tvOne has successfully maintained its position as the number one news TV station for eight consecutive years. Significant daily events are presented in “Breaking News” which has become a leading reference for viewers throughout the country. During the legislative elections and also the Presidential and Vice Presidential election debates, tvOne became the number 1 news channel beating the general entertainment channels.
In late 2006, the station was involved in a controversy regarding a nine-year-old boy who died after suffering injuries while allegedly trying to imitate the staged moves of performers on WWE Friday Night SmackDown! The station decided to pull the show and all other WWE programs following public outcry.
Authorities, however, downplayed connections between wrestling and the death of the boy. The chief of the Bandung Crime and Detective Unit said at a press conference that there was no reason to believe that the child’s death had anything to do with watching wrestling.