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Marketing religious programs on television as a nonfavorite program: a study in Indonesia

Prida Ariani Ambar Astuti (Department of Library and Information Science, North-Eastern Hill University, Meghalaya, India and Department of Communication Science, Kalbis Institute, Jakarta, Indonesia)
Antonius Widi Hardianto (Department of Business Administration, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia)
M. Sarofi Sahrul Romadhon (Department of Communication Science, Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Komunikasi Almamater Wartawan Surabaya, Surabaya, Indonesia)
Roel P. Hangsing (Department of Library and Information Science, North-Eastern Hill University, Meghalaya, India)

Journal of Islamic Marketing

ISSN: 1759-0833

Article publication date: 6 June 2024




This study aims to examine the strategy of TV9 Nusantara, one of the local televisions in Indonesia, marketing its religious programs when soap operas are the most popular television programs in Indonesia.


This study used a descriptive qualitative method by collecting data using in-depth interviews, observation and documentation.


TV9 Nusantara used a counter-programming strategy to seize viewers from the competing television stations; the prime time is also set differently from other televisions as well as implements a head-sterling strategy to make the audiences loyal to watching TV9 Nusantara programs and not switch the channels.

Research limitations/implications

In Indonesia, three types of television stations are broadcast nationally, publicly or government-owned, central and regional and local television. This study only focused on local television stations whose main program is religious, especially Islam.

Practical implications

The results of this study can underline the importance of establishing segmentation, targets, differentiation and market positioning as well as efforts to create products, prices, places and promotions for journalistic products, especially TV broadcast products and production processes that follow Sharia principles.

Social implications

This study can inform the public regarding TV Broadcasting products and production processes following Sharia principles.


This study examined the implementation of marketing strategies and the marketing mix on local television, especially television that broadcasts programs that are not the favorites of most viewers.



Astuti, P.A.A., Hardianto, A.W., Romadhon, M.S.S. and Hangsing, R.P. (2024), "Marketing religious programs on television as a nonfavorite program: a study in Indonesia", Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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