TVRI - Netflix Partnership for Global Diversity, says Govt



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Education and Cultural Affairs Ministry’s director-general of cultural affairs, Hilmar Farid, explained that the partnership between state-broadcaster TVRI with Netflix - namely its documentary programs - is to enhance the knowledge of Indonesian students towards science. 

    “This is for global diversity (kebhinekaan). The programs are focused on planet earth and science documentaries,” said Hilmar in the House of Representatives (DPR) hearing today on June 22. 

    Hilmar elaborates that the partnership between TVRI and the popular global streaming service had begun since January 2020. 

    He also said that the Education Ministry had not spent a dime to broadcast the documentaries that are valued over millions of dollars, which is why he asserts that partnerships such as these had never happened before. 

    The Netflix documentaries aired in TVRI include Our Planet, Street Food Asia, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Spelling the Dream, Chasing Coral, and Night on Earth.

    However, Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Nadiem Makarim added that local content still dominates the programs in TVRI. During the DPR hearing, Nadiem also mentioned that it is for the sake of global diversity.

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