Television Nishinippon Corporation

Television Nishinippon Corporation (株式会社テレビ西日本, Kabushiki Gaisha Terebi Nishinippon, TNC) is a Japanese TV station affiliated with Fuji News Network (FNN) and Fuji Network System (FNS) in Fukuoka. This station serves Fukuoka Prefecture and also acts as the default FNN affiliate for western portions of Yamaguchi Prefecture including Yamaguchi City and Shimonoseki, as Yamaguchi Prefecture does not have an FNN affiliate of its own.

Television Nishinippon Corporation
Television Nishinippon
Native name
Kabushikigaisha Terebinishinihon
Company typeKabushiki gaisha
IndustryTelevision broadcasting
FoundedApril 1, 1958; 66 years ago (1958-04-01)
JOHX-TV (defunct)
BrandingTelevision Nishinippon
AffiliationsFuji News Network and Fuji Network System
OwnerTelevision Nishinippon Corporation
First air date
28 August 1958
Last air date
24 July 2011 (JOHX-TV)
Former call signs
JOHX-TV (1958–1974)
JOJY-TV (1974–2011)
Former channel number(s)
9 (analog VHF, 1962–2011)
10 (analog VHF, 1958–2011)
NTV (1958–1964)
Technical information
Licensing authority



In 1957, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications announced the first TV channel plan. In Fukuoka Prefecture, operators such as "Nishinippon Television" funded by Nishinippon Shimbun and "Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting" funded by Asahi Shimbun applied for a TV broadcasting license.[1]: 29  On October 22, 1957, Nishiippon Television received a preliminary license conditionally on the premise of "merging with Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting as much as possible". Therefore, Nishinippon TV's investment ratio at that time was 70% for Nishinippon Shimbun and 30% for Asahi Shimbun.[1]: 30–31  At the second founder meeting held on January 7, 1958, Nishinippon TV decided to build a signal transmitting station in Sarakura Mountain, Yawata City.[1]: 31  On April 1 of the same year, Nishinippon Television officially registered and established a company.[1]: 31  Since one of Tokyo's two flagship stations, Radio Tokyo Television, had a network relationship with RKB Mainichi Broadcasting in Fukuoka Prefecture at that time, Nishinippon TV management decided to air Nippon Television programming instead.

In 1959, TNC established a labor union.[1]: 109  On March 18, 1961, due to the breakdown of wage negotiations between labor and management, the TNC union launched a week-long strike.[1]: 39  In March of the following year, TNC also experienced a large-scale strike when its labor union occupied a signal transmitting station, resulting in West Nippon Television suspending broadcasts from March 24 to April 7.[1]: 39 

Since Fukuoka Prefecture was divided into two broadcasting areas, Kitakyushu and Fukuoka, TNC obtained the broadcasting license for the Kitakyushu area (Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting obtained the Fukuoka area broadcasting license), so TNC initially only transmitted signals in the Kitakyushu area.[1]: 36  In the summer of 1960, both TNC and KBC stated that they had no intention of merging with each other.[1]: 112  At the same time, TNC began to try to include the Fukuoka area into the broadcasting area, and obtained the consent of the Postal Ministry and Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting.[1]: 36  Afterwards, TNC purchased land in Kamitakamiya Town, Fukuoka City, to build its Fukuoka headquarters, which was completed in 1962.[1]: 39  On February 14 of the same year, TNC began broadcasting its signals in the Fukuoka area.[1]: 39 

JOHX-TV was originally established as an affiliate of Nippon Television (NTV) in Yahata (Yahata Higashi-ku, Kitakyūshū) in August 1958, airing on VHF channel 9; a station in Fukuoka was established in February 1962 as JOJY-TV. They changed affiliation from NNN and NNS to FNN and FNS in October 1964 - changing their national programming to that of Fuji Television. The head office was moved to Fukuoka, and the call sign changed from "JOHX-TV" (still the call sign of Kitakyūshū satellite station (airing on VHF channel 10)) to "JOJY-TV" in December 1974. They relocated their office to its current location near Fukuoka Tower in August 1996. During the station's first 53 years of broadcasting, JOHX-TV's analog signal was receivable over-the-air in most of Yamaguchi Prefecture.

On July 20, 1966, TNC broadcast its first color program, Jungle Taitei, the first color anime. In April of the following year, 34% of its prime time programs were in color.[1]: 78  In April 1970, all of TNC's prime time programs were in color, and 76.8% of all-day programs were in color.[1]: 79  In 1967, TNC's turnover reached 2.2 billion yen, and its profit reached 400 million yen.[1]: 350  On April 30, 1971, the small plane in which Koga Masaaki, an employee of West Nippon Television, crashed while collecting news, and Koga Masaaki died in the line of duty.[1]: 172 

In the first week of January 1973, West Nippon Television won the prime-time ratings championship for the first time with a ratings of 19.4%.[1]: 178  The following year, while West Nippon Television carried out a large-scale expansion of its Fukuoka headquarters, it also moved the company's registration headquarters and main control room and other important facilities from Yawata City to Fukuoka City.[1]: 44–47  On November 13 of the same year, West Nippon Television began transmitting signals from Takamiya's headquarters.[1]: 47  West Nippon Television introduced the electronic news gathering (ENG) system in 1979, which greatly improved the efficiency of news gathering and editing.[1]: 80  The following year, TNC began to implement the two-day weekend system.[1]: 206  In 1981, West Japan Television introduced corporate identity and launched a new logo.[1]: 210  In the same year, TNC signed a sister station agreement with KGMB-TV in Hawaii, becoming its first overseas sister station.[1]: 211  In 1982, TNC began broadcasting stereo TV programs.[1]: 215  TNC signed a sister station agreement with China's Dalian Television in 1986, the second such agreement.[1]: 233  In 1987, TNC's turnover exceeded 10 billion yen for the first time.[1]: 351  In 1989, TNC introduced the Satellite News Broadcasting (SNG) system.[1]: 81–82  In the same year, TNC won the triple crown of ratings for the first time with average ratings of 9.2% for the whole day, 16.4% for prime time, and 16% for evening time.[1]: 353  From then until 1996, West Nippon TV won the triple crown of ratings for eight consecutive years [4]: 353. In 2003, West Nippon TV won the triple crown of ratings again after 7 years.[1]: 353 

TNC also further strengthened international cooperation at the turn of the century. In 1999, West Japan Television and South Korea's PSB Busan Broadcasting signed a cooperation agreement.[1]: 297  In 2002, it signed a sister station agreement with France 3.[1]: 310  In the same year, West Japan Broadcasting also co-produced a program[1]: 311  with South Korea's PSB Busan Broadcasting. In 2004, West Japan Broadcasting, Dalian TV and Busan Broadcasting held a director's meeting and issued a joint declaration to strengthen cooperation. Since then, the three TV stations have jointly produced programs many times.[1]: 321 

Digital broadcasts on JOJY-TV began on 1 July 2006, and the analog signal continued to broadcast until 24 July 2011, when JOHX-TV (which served northern portions of Fukuoka Prefecture and western portions of Yamaguchi Prefecture) ceased operations.

TV channel


Main station

  • Fukuoka 34ch(Digital) 9ch(Analog)

Tandem offices



  • Momochihama Store (ももち浜ストア)
  • Hachinabi Plus Super News (ハチナビプラス スーパーニュース)
  • Tobe Tobe Hawks (とべとべホークス, Tobe tobe Hōkusu)
  • Saturday News File CUBE (土曜ニュースファイルCUBE, Doyō nyūsufairu kyūbu)
  • Hanamaru Daikichi no "Nan shiyōto?" (華丸・大吉のなんしようと?, lit; Hanamaru-Daikichi's "What're you doing?")
  • BASEBALL SPECIAL Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Live
  • Cow Television
  • Riding Uphill ガチ★星

Other TV stations in Fukuoka



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag テレビ西日本50年史編纂室. 『テレビ西日本開局50年史 : おっ!?テレ西』. 福岡縣: テレビ西日本 [TV West Japan 50-year history: Oh!? Telenishi]. Television Nishinippon Corporation. 1984.