JTBC (Korean제이티비씨; abbreviation of Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company; stylized as jtbc) is a South Korean subscription network and broadcasting company, in which the largest shareholder is JoongAng Ilbo[1]/The JoongAng Group with 25% of shares.[2] It was launched on 1 December 2011.[3]

TypeCable television network
South Korea
AvailabilitySouth Korea, Worldwide
SloganYour colorful pleasure JTBC
OwnerThe Joongang Group (25%)
DY Asset (5.92%)
JoongAng Ilbo (4.99%)
TV Asahi 3.08%
WarnerMedia (via WarnerMedia Entertainment) (2.64%)
S&T Dynamics (2.37%)
Sungwoo Hitech (2.37%)
Sungbo Cultural Foundation (1.18%)
Daehan Steel (1.18%)
Ace Bed Co. (1.18%)
Hanssem Co. (1.18%)
Key people
Launch date
1 December 2011; 8 years ago (2011-12-01) (cable)
Official website
jtbc.joins.com (in Korean)

JTBC is one of four new South Korean nationwide generalist cable TV networks alongside Dong-A Ilbo's Channel A, Chosun Ilbo's TV Chosun and Maeil Kyungje's MBN in 2011.[4][5][6][7][8] The four new networks supplement existing conventional free-to-air TV networks like KBS, MBC, SBS and other smaller channels launched following deregulation in 1990.


The JoongAng Ilbo, which used to be a part of the Samsung Group, had owned a TV station before. In 1964 it founded the Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) and ran the network for 16 years. In 1980, however TBC was forcibly merged with the state-run KBS by the military regime of Chun Doo-hwan. Market watchers see the return of JoongAng Ilbo to television in JTBC as the reincarnation of TBC.[9]

  • 26 June 1964: Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation was launched.
  • 7 December 1964: TBC-TV Started broadcasting on channel 7.
  • 30 November 1980: TBC-TV merged with KBS Television by the special law of Chun Doo-hwan, president of military authorities, resulting in the launching of KBS 2TV.
  • 22 July 2009: Amendment of the Media law passed the national assembly to deregulate the media market of South Korea.
  • 31 December 2010: JTBC, TV Chosun, MBN, Channel A selected as General Cable Television Channel Broadcasters.
  • 11 March 2011: JoongAng Ilbo established JTBC corporation.[10]
  • 1 December 2011: JTBC (Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company) (Channel number 15) started broadcasting.[11]
  • May 2013: Former MBC news anchor Sohn Suk-hee was designated as JTBC's new president for its news division.[12]
  • January 2015: JTBC constructs a new building in Digital Media City in Sangam-dong, Seoul.
  • June 2019: JTBC acquired the Korean rights to the Olympic Games from 2026 to 2032.[13]


Currently, JTBC dramas hold 14 spots of the 60, including Sky Castle being the highest rated cable drama on the list of highest-rated Korean dramas in cable television, surpassing tvN's Reply 1988's record.

Viewership ratingsEdit

  • The table below lists the top 10 dramas with the highest average audience share ratings (nationwide), corresponding episode with highest rating and the date.
Ranking Drama Episodes Highest AGB Nielsen
Nationwide Rating
Cable Channel
Ratings Ranking
Date Airing Period
1 Sky Castle 20 23.779% 1 2019/02/01 Fridays and Saturdays
2 Itaewon Class 16 14.760% 2 2020/02/29 Fridays and Saturdays
3 The Lady in Dignity 20 12.065% 3 2017/08/19 Fridays and Saturdays
4 The Light in Your Eyes 12 9.731% 4 2019/03/19 Mondays and Tuesdays
5 Strong Girl Bong-soon 16 9.668% 5 2017/03/25 Fridays and Saturdays
6 Childless Comfort 40 9.230% 6 2013/02/24 Saturdays and Sundays
7 Misty 16 8.452% 7 2018/03/24 Fridays and Saturdays
8 Something in the Rain 16 7.281% 8 2018/05/12 Fridays and Saturdays
9 Beautiful World 16 5.785% 9 2019/05/25 Fridays and Saturdays
10 Gangnam Beauty 16 5.753% 10 2018/09/15 Fridays and Saturdays
  • Ratings」data sourced from AGB nationwide rating of cable channel, with the inclusion of occasional advertisement


Name Description
JTBC Plus Operates the JTBC's specialty cable channels, JTBC2, JTBC3 Fox Sports, and JTBC4
Publishes Ilgan Sports since 2015
JTBC MediaTech
JMNet Media Support Center
JTBC Studios
(formerly JTBC Content Hub)
Provides in-house drama and film production
Subsidiaries include Drama House [ko], Zium Content, BA Entertainment, Film Monster Co. and Perfect Storm Film
JTBC Mediacomm Conducts broadcast advertising sales on behalf of JTBC, JTBC Plus and Baduk TV


Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 23rd Asian Television Awards Cable & Satellite Network of the Year award JTBC Won [14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 종편-제이티비씨 "중앙미디어네트워크가 최대 주주인 제이티비씨"
  2. ^ 종편 주주 현황 어떻게 - 경향신문 "이에 따르면 중앙일보가 참여하는 '제이티비씨'는 납입자본금이 4220억원으로 가장 많고 중앙미디어네트워크가 최대 주주로 지분 25%를 보유하고 있다."
  3. ^ Shin Hae-in (30 November 2011). "New cable channels go on air". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  4. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (12 December 2011). "What else can new channels do to boost ratings?". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  5. ^ Noh Hyun-gi (4 January 2012). "Four new TV channels face uncertain futures". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  6. ^ Yoon Ja-young (20 January 2012). "Low ratings weigh on new channels". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  7. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (6 June 2012). "New channels remain 'anonymous'". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  8. ^ Bae Ji-sook (29 November 2012). "'New TV channels are niche, not gold mine'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  9. ^ Four New TV Broadcasting Networks Debut in S. Korea "New broadcast channel JTBC is actually the reincarnation of the Samsung group’s Tongyang Broadcasting Company, the nation’s first private broadcaster."
  10. ^ [1] Archived 2015-12-26 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "A fresh start by JTBC". Korea JoongAng Daily. 7 December 2011. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  12. ^ Kim Hee-jin; Han Eun-hwa (11 May 2013). "JTBC chooses news chief". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  13. ^ "JTBC awarded Olympic Games broadcast rights in North and South Korea from 2026 until 2032". Inside the Games. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  14. ^ "JTBC, 대상·'미스티' 김남주 최우수 포함 ATA 첫 4관왕 영예". Naver. Retrieved January 14, 2019.

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