JTBC (Korean: 제이티비씨; 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/The JoongAng Group with 25% of shares. It was launched on 1 December 2011.
The JTBC Trust Building located in Digital Media City
|Founded||21 March 2011|
|Owner||JoongAng Holdings Ltd. (25%) |
DY Asset (5.92%)
JoongAng Ilbo (4.99%)
TV Asahi (3.08%)
WarnerMedia through Turner Asia Pacific Ventures (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%)
|Subsidiaries||JTBC Studios |
|Broadcast area||South Korea, Worldwide|
|Slogan||Your colorful pleasure JTBC|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Launched||1 December 2011cable)(|
|Available on most cable systems||Channel slots vary on each provider|
|SkyLife||Channel 4 (HD)|
|B TV||Channel 15 (HD)|
|U+ TV||Channel 15 (HD)|
|Olleh TV||Channel 15 (HD)|
|JTBC On air||Watch live|
(Korea region only)
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. 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, 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.
- 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.
- It was a response of the South Korean government to the Cho-Joong-Dong (Chosun Ilbo, JoongAng Ilbo, and Dong-A Ilbo) ,who were the major media conglomerates, aim to launch the cable market.
- 31 December 2010: JTBC, TV Chosun, MBN, Channel A selected as General Cable Television Channel Broadcasters.
- 11 March 2011: JoongAng Ilbo established JTBC corporation.
- 1 December 2011: JTBC (Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company) (Channel number 15) started broadcasting.
- May 2013: Former MBC news anchor Sohn Suk-hee was designated as JTBC's new president for its news division.
- January 2015: JTBC constructs a new building in Digital Media City in Sangam-dong, Seoul.
- November 2018: Sohn Suk-hee is promoted to JTBC's President and CEO.
- June 2019: JTBC acquired the Korean rights to the Olympic Games from 2026 to 2032.
- April 2020: JTBC moves their newscasts to Creation Hall, starting with JTBC Newsroom, with its other programs following suit on 18 May.
- News programs including JTBC Newsroom, Political Desk, and JTBC News Morning&
- JTBC dramas hold 9 spots of the 50, including The World of the Married being the highest-rated cable drama on the list of highest-rated Korean dramas in cable television, surpassing JTBC's previous record with SKY Castle.
- Cultural productions such as Begin Again and Ssulzun
- Variety shows including Knowing Bros, Let's Eat Dinner Together, Traveler (South Korean TV series), and more.
- 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
|1||The World of the Married||16||28.371%||1||2020.05.16||Fridays and Saturdays|
|2||SKY Castle||20||23.779%||2||2019.02.01||Fridays and Saturdays|
|3||Itaewon Class||16||16.548%||3||2020.03.21||Fridays and Saturdays|
|4||The Lady in Dignity||20||12.065%||4||2017.08.19||Fridays and Saturdays|
|5||My Kids Give Me a Headache||40||10.715%||5||2013.02.24||Saturdays and Sundays|
|6||The Light in Your Eyes||12||9.731%||6||2019.03.19||Mondays and Tuesdays|
|7||Strong Girl Bong-soon||16||9.668%||7||2017.03.25||Fridays and Saturdays|
|8||Misty||16||8.452%||8||2018.03.24||Fridays and Saturdays|
|9||The Good Detective||16||7.609%||9||2020.08.24||Mondays and Tuesdays|
|10||Something in the Rain||16||7.281%||10||2018.05.12||Fridays and Saturdays|
- 「Ratings」data sourced from AGB nationwide rating of cable channel, with the inclusion of occasional advertisement
|JTBC Plus||Operates the JTBC's specialty cable channels, JTBC2, JTBC3 Golf&Sports, JTBC4 and JTBC Golf |
Publishes Ilgan Sports since 2015
(formerly JTBC Content Hub)
|Provides in-house drama and film production|
Subsidiaries include Drama House, 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|
|2019||23rd Asian Television Awards||Cable & Satellite Network of the Year award||JTBC||Won|||
- 종편-제이티비씨 "중앙미디어네트워크가 최대 주주인 제이티비씨"
- "종편 주주 현황 어떻게" (in Korean). 경향신문. January 3, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
- Shin Hae-in (November 30, 2011). "New cable channels go on air". The Korea Herald. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
- Kim Tong-hyung (December 12, 2011). "What else can new channels do to boost ratings?". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
- Noh Hyun-gi (January 4, 2012). "Four new TV channels face uncertain futures". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
- Yoon Ja-young (January 20, 2012). "Low ratings weigh on new channels". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
- Kim Tong-hyung (June 6, 2012). "New channels remain 'anonymous'". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
- Bae Ji-sook (November 29, 2012). "New TV channels are niche, not gold mine". The Korea Herald. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
- 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."
- Kim, Chunhyo (February 26, 2016). Samsung, Media Empire and Family. London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315669045. ISBN 9781315669045.
-  Archived 2015-12-26 at the Wayback Machine
- "A fresh start by JTBC". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 7, 2011. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
- Kim Hee-jin; Han Eun-hwa (May 11, 2013). "JTBC chooses news chief". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
- "손석희 JTBC 사장, 대표이사로 승격…홍정도 중앙일보 대표는 발행인 겸해". hankyung.com (in Korean). November 19, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
- "JTBC awarded Olympic Games broadcast rights in North and South Korea from 2026 until 2032". Inside the Games. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
- "중앙일보와 JTBC, 상암시대 열다…15일 창조관 기공식". news.jtbc.joins.com (in Korean). November 15, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
- "JTBC, 대상·'미스티' 김남주 최우수 포함 ATA 첫 4관왕 영예". Naver. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
- JTBC official website (in Korean)