Pioneering broadcast executive Peter F. Gontha has accepted an appointment as publisher of the new integrated multimedia company Berita Satu Media Holdings, part of the Lippo Group’s Media Division. Lippo Group is one of the country’s largest conglomerates.
Gontha, who has been a leading force behind the development of private commercial television in Indonesia, will be the publisher of an operation that includes print and online products in both English and Indonesian, and will soon include a major television news channel in the First Media cable program lineup.
“Given Peter’s wealth of experience in Indonesia’s media industry over many years, we are excited about the wisdom, energy and expertise he will bring to the business side of Berita Satu,” said Theo L. Sambuaga, president of Berita Satu Media Holdings and also president of Lippo Group
Gontha said he was excited about his new role. “It is indeed a challenge for me to make this media undertaking a success and help in making the dreams of the founders a reality,” he said.
“With the development of technology and the way news is being disseminated today, it will not be an easy task, but with the commitment and support from the principals of the group, this is a challenge I look forward to overcoming.”
Berita Satu Media Holdings includes established Indonesia-language daily publications Suara Pembaruan and Investor Daily, and English-language daily publications the Jakarta Globe and Straits Times Indonesia, published in cooperation with Singapore Press Holdings.
It also publishes two of the country’s top monthly business magazines, the Indonesian-language Majalah Investor and the English-language Globe Asia, as well as other leading publications.
A 24-hour news portal, BeritaSatu.com, and Berita Satu TV, the country’s first high-definition news channel, on the First Media platform, are expected to be launched this year.
The Semarang-born Gontha founded the country’s first privately owned television station, RCTI, in 1989 as part of the Bimantara Group. He also co-founded SCTV, the country’s second privately owned TV station, and was a founder of satellite TV provider Indovision, pay-TV operator Telekom Vision and First Media.
Gontha is executive chairman of First Media, a major cable TV and Internet provider that is listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange. First Media is majority owned by Lippo Group and Across Asia, a Hong Kong-listed company.
An accomplished jazz pianist, he is also the founder and driving force behind the Java Jazz Festival, recognized as one of the most successful jazz festivals in the world.