Nippon Television Network Corporation[a], also known as Nippon Television[b], with the call sign JOAX-DTV (channel 4), is a Japanese commercial broadcast television network. It is a subsidiary of the certified broadcasting holding company Nippon Television Holdings, Inc.[c] and also the flagship station of the Nippon News Network and the Nippon Television Network System.

Nippon Television Holdings, Inc.
Native name
Nihon Terebi Hōrudingusu Kabushiki-gaisha
FormerlyNippon Television Network Corporation (1952-2012)
Company typePublic KK
TYO: 9404
FoundedTokyo, Japan (October 28, 1952; 71 years ago (1952-10-28))
FounderMatsutaro Shoriki
6-1, Higashi-Shimbashi Itchome, Minato, Tokyo
Area served
Japan, Asia, United States, Western Europe
Key people
Yoshikuni Sugiyama [jp]
Akira Ishizawa [jp][1]
(President and CEO)
  • Increase¥326,423 million (FY2012)
  • ¥305,460 million (FY2011)
  • Increase¥35,429 million (FY2012)
  • ¥32,249 million (FY2011)
  • Increase¥25,284 million (FY2012)
  • ¥22,729 million (FY2011)
Total assets
  • Increase¥598,075 million (FY2012)
  • ¥543,228 million (FY2011)
Total equity
  • Increase¥488,120 million (FY2012)
  • ¥446,038 million (FY2011)
OwnerYomiuri Group
Number of employees
3,259 (as of March 31, 2013, consolidated)
  • AX-ON Inc.
  • Madhouse (95%)
  • Nippon Television Network Corporation
  • BS Nippon Corporation
  • CS Nippon Corporation
  • Nippon Television-News 24 Corporation
  • VAP Inc.
  • NTV Events Inc.
  • Studio Ghibli (42.3%)
  • Nippon Television Music Corporation
  • Nippon Television Art Inc.
  • NTV Technical Resources Inc.
  • Tatsunoko Production (54.3%)
BrandingNippon TV
AffiliationsNippon News Network (news)
Nippon Television Network System (non-news)
OwnerNippon Television Network Corporation
BS Nittele
BS Nittele 4K
Nittele Plus
Nittele News 24
Nittele G+
FoundedOctober 28, 1952 (1952-10-28)
First air date
August 28, 1953; 70 years ago (1953-08-28)
Former call signs
JOAX-TV (1953-2011)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 4 (VHF) (1953-2011)
Technical information
Licensing authority
ERP10 kW (68 kW ERP)
Transmitter coordinates35°39′31″N 139°44′44″E / 35.65861°N 139.74556°E / 35.65861; 139.74556
Translator(s)Mito, Ibaraki
Analog: Channel 42
Digital: Channel 14

Hitachi, Ibaraki
Analog: Channel 54
Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Analog: Channel 53
Digital: Channel 34
Nikkō, Tochigi
Analog: Channel 54
Maebashi, Gunma
Analog: Channel 54
Digital: Channel 33
Kiryū, Gunma
Analog: Channel 53
Numata, Gunma
Analog: Channel 53

Hiratsuka, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 35
Digital: Channel 25
Nippon TV TVer official livestream (Japan only)
Corporate information
Native name
Nihon Terebi Hōsōmō Kabushiki-gaisha
Company typeSubsidiary KK
  • Media
FoundedApril 26, 2012 (2012-04-26)
(as Nippon Television Network Prepatory Corporation)
6-1, Higashi-Shimbashi Itchome, Minato, Tokyo
Area served
Japan, United States, Western Europe, East Asia
Number of employees
1,193 (as of April 1, 2013)
ParentNippon Television Holdings, Inc.

Nippon TV's studios are located in the Shiodome area of Minato, Tokyo, Japan and its transmitters are located in the Tokyo Skytree. Broadcasting terrestrially across Japan. It is also the first commercial TV station in Japan, and it has been broadcasting on Channel 4 since its inception. Nippon Television is the home of the syndication networks NNN (for news programs) and NNS (for non-news programs). Except for Okinawa Prefecture,[d] these two networks cover the whole of Japan. Nippon TV is one of the ''five private broadcasters based in Tokyo''.

Nippon Television Holdings is listed subsidiary of The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings, Japan's largest media conglomerate by revenue and the second largest behind Sony.[e] It's forms part of Yomiuri's main television broadcasting arm alongside Kansai region flagship Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, which owns a 6.4% share in the company.[f] It is also the owner of Hulu Japan, formerly part of the US-based Hulu streaming service.



Early stages


The history of Nippon TV began in 1951 with the announcement by US Senator Karl Mundt (best known as the key proponent of Voice of America) that commercial television would be set up in Japan (then under United States-led Allied Occupation of Japan). According to Canadian-Japanese writer Benjamin Fulford, Mundt recommended Matsutarō Shōriki to the CIA (which later hired Shōriki as a CIA agent under the codenames "podam" and "pojackpot-1"); with executives of The Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun, Shōriki then persuaded then-Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida to form a commercial television network in Japan.[2]

On July 31, 1952, Nippon TV was granted the first TV broadcasting license for a commercial broadcaster in Japan.[3]: 14–15  The Nippon Television Network Corporation was established in October of the same year.[4] After obtaining the broadcasting license, Nippon Television purchased the land for the construction of the headquarters building in Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (currently the Nippon Television Kojimachi branch office), and began preparations for the broadcast of TV programs.[3]: 26–27 However, due to delays in delivering equipment used for broadcasting, test trials were significantly delayed from their initial scheduled date, resulting in NHK being the first to start broadcasting TV programs.[3]: 30–31 On August 24, 1953, Nippon TV started broadcast trials[3]: 35  and four days later, Nippon TV officially began to broadcast TV programs as Asia's first commercial broadcaster, with an animated dove spreading its wings in the logo on its first sign-on.[3]: 35 [4] The first TV commercial (for Seikosha clocks) was also aired at the same time (reports say that the commercial aired upside-down by mistake).[5]

Due to high prices, television sets were not widely available at the launch of NTV and NHK. As a result, NTV installed 55 street TVs in the Kanto area in an effort to broaden the advertisement impact.[3]: 36  This program was a huge success, attracting 8,000 to 10,000 people to watch sports broadcasts such as professional baseball and sumo wrestling.[3]: 43 

Plans for the expansion of Nippon TV to the whole of Japan weren't continued due to its given license being restricted to the Kanto area only.[6]: 88 As a result, the Yomiuri Shimbun Group filed for a separate TV license in Osaka under the name Yomiuri TV.[3]: 52  In 1955, Matsutaro Shoriki stepped down as the president of Nippon TV after being elected to the Japan's House Of Representatives.[3]: 59–61  Said election was the first electoral coverage carried out by commercial TV in Japan.[7]

Nippon News Network and launch of color TV


With the issuance of a large number of new TV licenses by the Ministry of Posts in the late 1950s, Yomiuri Shimbun and Nippon Television began to establish TV stations outside the Kanto area.[3]: 97  On August 28, 1958, Yomiuri TV started broadcasting, marking the start of Nippon TV's expansion into the Kansai area.[3]: 99  However, due to the close partnership between Nippon TV and the Yomiuri Shimbun, the network's expansion was opposed by local newspapers, and the network's expansion was slower than that of the JNN affiliates, which are less newspaper-oriented.[6]: 89  Before 1958, NTV's programming was seen on CBC and OTV, whose television broadcasts started on December 1, 1956. The four commercial television stations that existed at the time broadcast a special program called The Coming Year (which ran until the end of the Showa era). Until the last edition, production rotated between the main Kanto stations.

On the fifth anniversary of NTV's launch, Yomiuri TV and TV Nishinippon started broadcasting, and Nishinippon Broadcasting, which started earlier, created the backbones of a precursor of NNN. In December, when Tokai TV started broadcasting in the Tokai area, NTV programs moved to the new station.

Following TBS' establishment of JNN in 1959,[8]: 15  Nippon Television founded the second Japanese television network, NNN, on April 1, 1966, with a total of 19 affiliated stations as founding members.[g][8]: 21–22  Nippon Television founded the NNS (Nippon Television Network System) in 1972 to improve collaboration among network stations in the field of non-news programming.[3]: 213  On September 15, 1959, Nippon Television's stock was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, becoming the first media company in Japan to list its stock.[3]: 123 

Nippon TV's headquarters in 1961

Nippon Television applied to the Ministry of Posts in April 1957 for a color television broadcast license, which it received in December of that year.[3]: 105–108  Matsutaro Shoriki returned to Nippon TV as the president of the broadcaster after resigning as the Minister of State in 1958.[3]: 114  After taking office as the president, he increased his investment in color television. In December 1958, NTV introduced videotape recording in a one-off drama series using American RCA 2-inch quad tape.

The first live coverage broadcast from Japan on color TV was the wedding of the Crown Prince (currently Emperor Emeritus Akihito) on April 10, 1959, alongside the first TV program with commercials broadcast in color.[6]: 14–17 [3]: 127  In December of the same year, NTV aired Japan's first color VTR broadcast Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall from NBC (United States). Nippon TV later obtained a broadcasting license for broadcasting programs in color on September 10, 1960.[9] After a year, NTV aired a total of 938 hours of programs broadcast in color.[3]: 129  In addition to color TV broadcast, programs produced in black and white color had been increasing.

In October 1963, Nippon TV has successfully trialed overnight broadcasts.[3]: 159  On November 22, 1963, using a communication satellite relay, NTV conducted the first black-and-white TV transmission experiment between Japan and the United States during coverage of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy.[9] On July 1, 1966, The Beatles’ concert at the Nippon Budokan, part of their Japanese tour, was shown in color on NTV (prerecorded on tape), with the viewing rate reaching 56 percent.[9]

After the death of Matsutaro Shoriki on October 9, 1969, Nippon TV and NHK agreed to integrate signal transmission facilities in the Tokyo Tower.[3]: 194 


The former headquarters of Nippon TV in Kojimachi, Tokyo from 1978 to 2004

When Kobayashi Shoriki (son-in-law of Shoriki) took over Nippon TV in 1969, he continued the progress of TV broadcasting in color.[3]: 202  In April 1970, Nippon TV's color programs accounted for 76.4% of total broadcast time, ahead of NHK which was second with 73%.[3]: 211  In October 1971, Nippon TV achieved broadcasting all of its programs in color.[3]: 211 

However, during this period, due to the economic depression in Japan and the discovery of falsification of financial reports by the Ministry of Finance, Nippon TV was in a state of recession.[6]: 58  Ratings of other Japanese commercial TV stations also declined during that period, from competing with Fuji TV for second place in the core bureau for most of the 1960s to competing with Fuji TV and NET TV (currently TV Asahi), and then being pulled away from TBS.[3]: 318–319  This led Kobayashi Shoriki to launch business reforms to promote the outsourcing of program productions[6]: 63–64  and decided to build a new headquarters which enabled them to turn losses into profits in 1972.[3]: 207–208 

The non-news counterpart of Nippon News Network, Nippon Television Network System, was formed on June 14, 1972.[3]: 213  Nippon TV had also been successful in exporting its programs around the world, with programs such as The Water Margin and Monkey being aired on the BBC.[6]: 42  On January 14, 1973, NTV airs the live satellite relay in Japan for Elvis Presley's show in Hawaii, U.S.A. On October 8 & 15, 1975, the classic film Gone with the Wind makes its world television premiere on NTV (Part I on the 8th, Part II on the 15th), about 13 months before NBC airs the film in North America.

Nippon TV also started diversifying its operations, opening subsidiaries such as Nippon TV Music, Union Movies, and Nippon Television Services in the early 70s.[3]: 221–224 In the following years, Nippon TV also participated in cultural events such as the restoration of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in 1984[6]: 70–71, 90–91 which took 13 years to restore and costing to ¥2.4 billion[6]: 12–13  and also held two special exhibitions at the Vatican Museums.[6]: 70–71  On March 9, 1984, Dan Goodwin, aka Spider Dan, Skyscraperman, in a paid publicity event, used suction cups to climb the 10 floor Nippon Television Kojimachi Annex in Chiyoda.[10]

On the 25th anniversary of Nippon TV's first broadcast, the broadcaster launched 24-hour TV: Love Saves the Earth, the only telethon in Japanese TV, which achieved high ratings and continued to be aired until the present day.[6]: 78–79 But in the 1980s, ratings continued to decline after Fuji TV and TBS promoted much of their primetime programming.[6]: 82–83 This prompted to increase airtime of its news programs and baseball events.[6]: 14–15  Multichannel television sound broadcasting (using the EIAJ MTS standard) began in December 1982. Nippon TV also launched NCN (now known as Nippon TV NEWS 24) in 1987, being the first news channel in Japan.[6]: 84, 92 

1990s and "Triple Crown Ratings"

The English logo for the Hakone Ekiden, for which Nippon TV is currently its official broadcaster, is aired every January 2 and 3.

Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, Inc. designed Nippon Television's mascot character Nandarō (なんだろう, lit. What Is It?) to commemorate the channel's 40th anniversary in 1993.[11]

After entering the 90s, although ratings of its Nippon TV affiliates increased, advertising revenue decreased in 1992 due to the collapse of Japan's bubble economy.[6]: 98 The number of Nippon TV affiliates increased to 30 after Kagoshima Yomiuri Television started broadcasting in 1994.[6]: 82–83  In 1992, after Seiichiro Ujiie (former journalist at the Yomiuri Shimbun) became president of Nippon TV, the broadcaster carried out major changes in its programming,[6]: 101–102  such as adjusting its late night news programs to air early than its rivals,[6]: 104–105  and ending certain primetime variety shows to boost ratings.[6]: 104–105, 106, 108–109 These major changes helped become number 1 in ratings from 1993 to 1994 overtaking Fuji TV.[6]: 2–5, 13  Earlier, it had attempted to replace its afternoon wide show with a comedy program to compete with its rival networks.[12]

As part of its major renovations in the broadcasting industry, Nippon TV launched its first cable-exclusive channel, CS Nippon TV, in 1996.[6]: 133 



At the start of the new century, Nippon TV and its 29 affiliates won the triple crown ratings.[13][h] In December 2000, Nippon TV launched its satellite-exclusive BS Nippon TV.[6]: 133 On April 30, 2003, Nippon TV held a completion ceremony at its headquarters in Shiodome, Tokyo, which it took 7 years to build as part of its 50th anniversary from its opening.[6] However, in October of the same year, employees of the network bribed the surveyed households to increase their ratings. This impacted the ratings of Nippon TV most especially on baseball games.[14] Fuji TV took advantage of the incident when it became number 1 in ratings.[14] Nippon TV started digital broadcasting on December 1, 2003.[9] Nippon TV moved to Shiodome on February of the following year, and high-definition production also started. With the rising trend for Internet services, Nippon TV launched Dai2 Nippon TV, the first video-on-demand service from a commercial broadcaster in Japan.[15]

Analog broadcasting ended on July 24, 2011, fully entering digital TV era.[9] Also in 2011, Nippon TV regained the Triple Crown Ratings after 8 years due to high ratings of the drama I am Mita, Your Housekeeper.[16][17] Although in 2012 and 2013, this was later taken by TV Asahi on ratings of its primetime programming.[18] Nippon TV later regained the Triple Crown Rating in 2014.[19] On April 26, 2012, Nippon Television Network Preparatory Corporation is founded as part of the network's major reorganization.[20] On October 1, 2012, Nippon Television Network Corporation (first) transitions to a certified broadcasting holding company, Nippon Television Holdings, Inc., and Nippon Television Network Preparatory Corporation is renamed Nippon Television Network Corporation (second).

On February 1–2, 2013, Nippon TV collaborated with NHK to air a special program related to the first TV broadcasts 60 years ago. On February 27, 2014, Nippon TV acquired the Japanese division of Hulu, Hulu Japan.[21][22][23] They started airing more programs exclusively to Hulu following its acquisition, which was later criticized from viewers.[24]

In 2015, Nippon TV (alongside the other 4 commercial broadcasters in Japan) launched TVer, its free on-demand service.[25] On the Q4 of 2020, they started trials on live online streaming of its channel on TVer.[26][27] In September 2020, Nippon TV, alongside PricewaterhouseCoopers, collaborated to create a system that uses artificial intelligence to predict audience ratings,[28] which was first trialed on its movie block, Friday Roadshow.[29] From Q4 of 2021, the broadcaster officially started its live online streaming of its channel, albeit with the exception of its late-night news program, news zero, and its succeeding program, despite being included in the trial the year before.[30] In 2022, Nippon TV currently holds the Triple Crown Rating for 12 years.[31]



When Nippon TV started in 1953, its English acronym "NTV" was used as its first corporate logo, with a colored version later used in 1972 after the launch of color TV broadcasting. The logo was designed by Takada Masajiro, an assistant professor at Tokyo University of the Arts.[6]: 54  In 2003, Nippon TV launched a new corporate logo with the introduction of Nandarou, the broadcaster's mascot.[32] The orange dot in the 2003 logo represents the sun with the 日 in gold representing tradition. The logo was designed by Junichi Fumura, an employee of the broadcaster.[6]: 54  On January 1, 2013, Nippon TV changed its logo as part of its 60th anniversary, with the "日" kanji changed to number 0 with a diagonal line inside, to denote starting from zero and starting anew.[33] The change was inspired by the on-screen clock, usually located in the upper left corner of the screen.[34]

Monsho logo and Nandarou mascot


In 1978, as part of its 25th anniversary, Nippon TV introduced a monsho in addition to the corporate trademark.[6]: 54 The logo was designed with the Nippon TV's "sun" and the earth represented by the Mercator projection, symbolizing NTV's leading position in the television industry.[6]: 54 The logo is colored blue, representing clear skies.[6]: 90  The monsho was designed by Masahiro Touzawa, an employee of the broadcaster.[6]: 54 

On August 28, 1992, as part of its 40th anniversary, Nippon TV invited Hayao Miyazaki to design its first mascot.[35] The mascot was shaped like a mouse with the tail of a pig, symbolizing creativity, curiosity, and hard work.[6]: 54  The mascot's name was collected from an audience nomination campaign and voted on from 51,026 names. The winning name of the mascot was "Nandarou", literally translating to "What is it?"[6]: 113–114  The mascot was supposed to be used for one year only, but it was used until 2009 after audience popularity. It was replaced by Nandarō.[6]: 54 





Broadcasting rights




Rugby union






Multi-sport events






Technical Information



Channel LCN (digital only) Notes
Station Analog Digital
Tokyo Skytree (none) 25 4 Main station (JOAX-DTV)
Tokyo Tower 4 (none) Main station (JOAX-TV); analog ended on July 24, 2011
Mito 42 14 4 Relay stations; analog ended on July 24, 2011
Utsunomiya 53 34
Maebashi 54 33
Hiratsuka 35 25
Hitachi 54 (none) Relay stations; ended on July 24, 2011
Kiryu 53



For details, see 日本の放送局所の呼出符号#JO*X_2 (in Japanese)

  • Digital terrestrial television broadcasting: JOAX-DTV Nippon Television Digital Television
  • UHF channel 25, frequency 545.142857MHz/10kW
  • Remote control key ID - 4
    • 3 digits - 041, 042, 045 (for temporary), 641 (for One Seg).
  • Since it was the first preliminary license for a television station, it was given an "A" in the series of callsigns ending in the letter X, given to commercial television stations.

Other TV channels owned by NTV


In addition to terrestrial broadcasting in the Kanto area, NTV broadcasts and supplies the following pay television channels:

  • Nittele G+

Sports channel managed by subsidiary company CS Nippon.

  • NTV NEWS24

24-hour news channel founded in 1989 as NCN.

  • Nittele Plus

Entertainment channel, emphasizing on original content and reruns from the terrestrial service.

Broadcast started on October 1, 2015. Jointly operated with Sony Pictures Television (channel sold to KC Global Media in 2019), it supplies Nippon Television's variety programs and serial dramas to cable television stations in Hong Kong and Southeast Asian countries. The channel's playout is done from Singapore.

  • NIPPON TV Channel (USA)

Broadcasts started on May 28, 2019 (local time). It is mainly targeted at Japanese people living in the United States, and it supplies Nippon Television's serial dramas and professional baseball/Giants' home game broadcasts to satellite broadcast DirecTV and cable TV companies.


LCN assignments of NNN/NNS affiliates

After the launch of Japan News Network in April 1960,[8]: 15  a new group of networks was supposed to be formed between Sendai Television, Nagoya TV, Nippon TV, and Hiroshima Telecasting in 1962.[8]: 19 But in 1963, Nishinippon Shimbun, which is a key shareholder of Television Nishinippon, disagreed to Yomiuri Shimbun's plans to expand in Fukuoka Prefecture.[8]: 19–20 This resulted in Television Nisihinippon withdrawing from being part of Nippon TV and losing Nippon TV's local news base in Kyushu.[8]: 20  On April 1, 1966, Nippon News Network was formally launched with 19 founding members.[i][8]: 21 

The non-news counterpart of Nippon News Network, Nippon Television Network System, was formed on June 14, 1972.[3]: 213 



TV programs



  • Zip! (morning news directed by Ami K)
  • News Every (evening news)
  • News Zero (late-night news)
  • NNN News 24 (24-hour news channel)

Former Japanese dramas



  • Ruri no Shima (瑠璃の島, 2005)
  • Kikujirou to Saki 2 (菊次郎とさき 2, 2005)
  • Joou no Kyoushitsu (女王の教室, 2005)
  • Gokusen (ごくせん, 2002/2005/2008)
  • Ai no Uta (あいのうた, 2005)[36]
  • Nobuta wo Produce (野ブタ。をプロデュース, 2005)[37]
  • Hana Yori Dango (花より男子, 2005)
  • Kami wa Saikoro wo Furanai (神はサイコロを振らない, 2006)
  • Kui-tan (喰いタン, 2006)
  • Gyarusaa (ギャルサー, 2006)
  • Primadem (プリマダム, 2006)
  • CA to Oyobbi! (CAとお呼びっ!, 2006)
  • My Boss My Hero (マイ☆ボス マイ☆ヒーロー, 2006)
  • 14-year-old Mother (14才の母, 2006)
  • Tatta Hitotsu no Koi (たったひとつの恋, 2006)
  • Enka no Joou (演歌の女王, 2007)
  • Haken no Hinkaku (ハケンの品格, 2007)
  • Kuitan 2 (喰いタン, 2007)
  • Bambino! (バンビ~ノ!, 2007)
  • Sexy Voice and Robo (セクシーボイスアンドロボ, 2007)
  • Juken no Kamisama (受験の神様, 2007)
  • Hotaru no Hikari (ホタルノヒカリ, 2007)
  • Tantei Gakuen Q (探偵学園Q, 2007)
  • Yukan Club (有閑倶楽部, 2007)
  • Hataraki Man (働きマン, 2007)
  • Dream Again (ドリーム☆アゲイン, 2007)
  • Binbou Danshi (貧乏男子 ボンビーメン, 2007)
  • Saitou-san (斉藤さん, 2008)
  • 1 Pound no Fukuin (1ポンドの福音, One Pound Gospel, 2008)
  • Osen (おせん, 2008)
  • Hokaben (ホカベン, 2008)
  • Gakkō ja Oshierarenai! (学校じゃ教えられない!, 2008)
  • Seigi no Mikata (正義の味方, 2008)
  • Yasuko to Kenji (ヤスコとケンジ, 2008)
  • Oh! My Girl (オー!マイ・ガール!!, 2008)
  • OL Nippon (OLにっぽん, 2008)
  • Scrap Teacher (スクラップ・ティーチャー, 2008)
  • Kami no Shizuku (神の雫, 2009)
  • RESET (リセット, 2009)
  • Zeni Geba (銭ゲバ, 2009)
  • Moso Shimai (妄想姉妹, 2009)
  • Kiina (キイナ, 2009)
  • Aishiteiru (アイシテル, 2009)
  • The Quiz Show (ザ・クイズショウ, 2009)
  • Samurai High School (サムライ・ハイスクール, 2009)





Variety and music

  • Question for one hundred million people!? Waratte Koraete! (1億人の大質問!?笑ってコラえて!)
  • Guruguru Ninety Nine (Gurunai, ぐるぐるナインティナイン, ぐるナイ)
  • Sekaiichi Uketai Jugyo (世界一受けたい授業) (until March 2024)[39][40]
  • Enta no Kamisama ~the god of Entertainment~ (エンタの神様 ~the god of Entertainment~)
  • Sekai Marumie! TV Tokusoubu (世界まる見え!テレビ特捜部)
  • The! Tetsuwan! DASH!! (ザ!鉄腕!DASH!!)
  • Gyoretsu no dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo (行列の出来る法律相談所)
  • Shōten (笑点;the second longest running TV show in Japan, continuously broadcast since May 1966).
  • Gaki no tsukai (DownTown's Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!, ガキの使いやあらへんで!!)
  • Cartoon KAT-TUN (カートゥンKAT-TUN, Kātūn Katūn?)
  • AKBingo!
  • Kyosen to Maetake no Geba Geba 90 pun (Gyosen x Maetake's Geba Geba 90 minutes 巨泉×前武ゲバゲバ90分!)
  • Karikyura Mashin (Curriculumachine カリキュラマシーン)
  • Music Lovers
  • God of Music (音楽の神様)
  • 1 Oku 3000 mannin no Shō Channeru (until March 2024)[39][40]
  • With Music[39][40]


  • Family Wisdom of the Itos (伊東家の食卓)
  • Nazo o toke! Masaka no Mistery (謎を解け!まさかのミステリー)
  • Magical Zunou Power!! (マジカル頭脳パワー!!) (1990s)
  • Tokujo! Tensei Shingo (特上!天声慎吾)
  • Dotch Cooking Show (どっちの料理ショー, Yomiuri Telecastiong Corp.)
  • Arashi no Shukudai-kun (嵐の宿題くん)
  • Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ)

Movie industry




The company has intimate connections with Studio Ghibli, led by Hayao Miyazaki. Nippon TV has funded all of the company's productions since Kiki's Delivery Service (excluding Earwig and the Witch, which was fully funded by rival NHK) and holds the exclusive Japanese rights to broadcast their motion pictures. It has also produced and broadcast popular anime series like My Hero Academia, Claymore, Death Note, Hajime no Ippo, Magical Emi The Magic Star, Orange Road, as well as Detective Conan and Inuyasha (which are produced through its Osaka affiliate, Yomiuri TV). NTV produced the first, unsuccessful Doraemon anime in 1973; when the second, more successful Doraemon series premiered in 1979, it was on TV Asahi, which remains the franchise's broadcaster to this day. As of now, NTV is currently producing a second anime adaptation of Hunter × Hunter. NTV has also been broadcasting the yearly Lupin III TV specials since 1989, which they co-produce with TMS Entertainment. Nippon Television announced on February 8, 2011, that it would make the anime studio Madhouse its subsidiary after becoming the primary stockholder at about 85%, via a third-party allocation of shares for about 1 billion yen (about US$12 million).[41][42]

On January 29, 2014, Nippon Television announced that it will purchase a 54.3% stake in Tatsunoko Production and adopt the studio as a subsidiary.[43][44]

Special TV programs

  • Kin-chan and Shingo Katori's All Japan Costume Grand Prix (欽ちゃん&香取慎吾の全日本仮装大賞)
  • 24 Hour Television, Love Saves the Earth (24時間テレビ「愛は地球を救う」, annual telethon on the TV stations of NNS)
  • Trans America Ultra Quiz (アメリカ横断ウルトラクイズ)
    • All Japan High School Quiz Championship (全国高等学校クイズ選手権)
  • Nippon Television Music Festival (日本テレビ音楽祭)

Notable person


List of most-watched films


The following is a list of the most-watched films of all time on NTV, as of June 2007.[45]

Rank Film Rating Airing date
1 Spirited Away 46.9% 2003-01-24
2 Princess Mononoke 35.1% 1999-01-22
3 Howl's Moving Castle 32.9% 2006-07-21
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 30.8% 2004-06-25
5 Tsuribaka Nisshi 4 28.4% 1994-02-04
6 Tsuribaka Nisshi 6 28.3% 1994-12-23
7 Tsuribaka Nisshi 2 27.7% 1995-01-13
8 Tora-san's Forbidden Love 27.6% 1996-08-09
9 Shall We Dance? 27.4% 1997-03-28
10 Tsuribaka Nisshi 5 27.1% 1994-09-16
11 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 26.9% 1987-10-16
12 Menkyo ga Nai! [ja] 26.9% 1995-03-03
13 Tsuribaka Nisshi 8 26.1% 1997-10-24
14 Titanic 26.1% 2003-06-28
15 Abunai Deka Forever 25.7% 1998-08-28
16 First Blood 25.3% 1985-10-25
17 The Matrix 25.1% 2003-06-06
18 Lupin III: Moeyo Zantetsuken! 24.9% 1994-07-29
19 Death Note 24.5% 2006-10-27
20 Kiki's Delivery Service 24.4% 1990-10-05

See also



  1. ^ 日本テレビ放送網株式会社, Nihon Terebi Hōsōmō kabushiki gaisha
  2. ^ 日本テレビ, Nihon Terebi, commonly abbreviated as Nittere (日テレ)
  3. ^ 日本テレビホールディングス株式会社, Nihon Terebi Hōrudingusu kabushiki gaisha
  4. ^ Currently, OTV & RBC[1] are airing certain programs from Nippon TV
  5. ^ The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings is the largest media conglomerate by revenue in Japan, while Sony is Japan's largest media conglomerate by worldwide media/entertainment revenue.
  6. ^ Both The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings and Nippon TV Holdings owns shares outstanding in all (if not all, nearly all) affiliate stations of NNS.
  7. ^ Initial members include Sapporo TV, Aomori Broadcasting, Akita Broadcasting System, Yamagata Broadcasting, Sendai Television (currently part of FNN/FNS), Fukushima TV (currently part of FNN/FNS), Nippon TV, Yamanashi Broadcasting, Kitanihon Broadcasting, Fukui Broadcasting, Nagoya TV (currently part of ANN), Yomiuri TV, Nihonkai Telecasting, Hiroshima TV, Yamaguchi Broadcasting, Shikoku Broadcasting, Nishinippon Broadcasting, Nankai Broadcasting, and Kochi Broadcasting
  8. ^ Triple Crown Ratings are ratings for All Day (6 am to 12 am the following day), Primetime (7 pm to 11 pm), and Golden Hours (7 pm to 10 pm).
  9. ^ Initial members include Sapporo TV, Aomori Broadcasting, Akita Broadcasting System, Yamagata Broadcasting, Sendai Television (currently part of FNN/FNS), Fukushima TV (currently part of FNN/FNS), Nippon TV, Yamanashi Broadcasting, Kitanihon Broadcasting, Fukui Broadcasting, Nagoya TV (currently part of ANN), Yomiuri TV, Nihonkai Telecasting, Hiroshima TV, Yamaguchi Broadcasting, Shikoku Broadcasting, Nishinippon Broadcasting, Nankai Broadcasting, and Kochi Broadcasting


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