TBS Holdings, Inc.,[a] formerly Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.,[b] is a Japanese media and licensed broadcasting holding company. It is the parent company of the television network TBS Television and radio network TBS Radio. It has a 28-affiliate television network called Japan News Network, as well as a 34-affiliate radio network called Japan Radio Network.

TBS Holdings, Inc.
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha TBS Hōrudingusu
  • Radio Tokyo
  • Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc. (株式会社東京放送) until end of FY 2008
  • Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. (2009–2020)
TypePublic KK
TYO: 9401
Founded17 May 1951 (72 years ago) (1951-05-17) in Tokyo, Japan
HeadquartersTBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka 5-chome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
RevenueDecrease¥342,754 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Increase¥7,705 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Increase¥103 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total assetsDecrease¥593,023 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total equityDecrease¥344,658 million (consolidated, March 2011)
OwnerMTBJ investment trusts (10.4%; 5.3% managed for Dentsu (largest shareholder))
MBS Media Holdings (5%)
SMBC (3.2%)
Mitsui Fudosan (3.1%)
NTT (3.1%)
Number of employees

TBS produced the game show Takeshi's Castle and has also broadcast the Ultra Series programs and Sasuke (Ninja Warrior), whose format would inspire similar programs outside Japan.

TBS is a member of the Mitsui keiretsu and has substantial relations with The Mainichi Newspapers Co. despite the Mainichi's lack of shareholding.[citation needed]

History Edit

Former TBS logos used from August 1961 to September 1991, and from January 1994 to March 2020, both the same black-colored of the classic CBS logo[citation needed]
  • May 1951 - Radio Tokyo (株式会社ラジオ東京, KRT, the predecessor of TBS) was founded in Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.
  • December 25, 1951 - KRT started radio broadcasting (1130 kHz, 50 kW, until July 1953) from Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, and the frequency changed to 950 kHz.
  • April 1955 - KRT started TV broadcasting (JOKR-TV, Channel 6) from Akasaka-Hitotsukicho, Minato, Tokyo.
  • August 1, 1959 - Japan News Network (JNN) is formed.
  • November 29, 1960 - KRT was renamed Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc.[c], and the headquarters and radio studio were moved to the main building in Akasaka.
  • August 1961 - TBS unveils the cursive logo, after the renaming of Tokyo Broadcasting System from KRT.
  • 1971 - TBS Radio's transmitter power was increased to 100 kW.
  • March 31, 1975 - Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) dropped out JNN and Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) joined the news network due to ownership issues with ABC. Since then, MBS has been an affiliated TV station of JNN in Osaka and Kansai region.
  • November 23, 1978 - The frequency for TBS Radio was moved to 954 kHz.
  • May 2, 1986 - TBS starts broadcasting the game show Takeshi's Castle.
  • 1989 - TBS became culpable in the Sakamoto family murder by Aum Shinrikyo, resulting in complaints against the network after the case was solved several years later.[1]
  • October 19, 1990 - The last-ever episode of Takeshi's Castle was broadcast on TBS.
  • September 20, 1991 - TBS enters into an agreement with CBS News in the U.S. for newscasts and satellite relays. Following a short-lived logo for 30 years.
  • October 3, 1994 - The present headquarters, TBS Broadcasting Center, were completed next to the old headquarters (later renamed as Akasaka Media Building until its demolition in 2003). They are called "Big Hat (ビッグハット)". Nine months after the third logo was unveiled.
  • April 1, 1998 - JNN News Bird starts broadcasting. In 2006, the channel was renamed TBS News Bird.
  • February 2000 - TBS adopts a symbol based on the Kanji symbol for "person".
  • March 21, 2000 - TBS founded TBS Radio & Communications Inc. (株式会社ティ・ビー・エス・ラジオ・アンド・コミュニケーションズ→株式会社TBSラジオ&コミュニケーションズ), TBS Entertainment Inc. (株式会社ティ・ビー・エス・エンタテインメント), and TBS Sports Inc. (株式会社ティ・ビー・エス・スポーツ), and founded TBS Live Inc. (株式会社ティ・ビー・エス・ライブ) the next day. On October 1, 2001, TBS succeeded the radio station to TBS Radio & Communications, and changed callsign of TV station (JOKR-TV → JORX-TV).
  • July 1, 2002 - TBS ch. starts broadcasting on pay television.
  • October 1, 2004 - TBS Entertainment merged TBS Sports and TBS Live, and changed the corporate name to Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (株式会社TBSテレビ).
  • October 13, 2005 - Rakuten Inc. announced that it bought 15.46 percent stake in TBS, bringing it up to 19%.
  • After over a month and a half of worries over a possible hostile takeover, Rakuten withdrew its bid for TBS on December 1 and planned to form a business alliance with the broadcast company instead.
  • April 1, 2006 - Digital terrestrial broadcasts commence.
  • April 1, 2009 - TBS became a certified broadcast holding company named Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.. TV broadcasting business and culture business were taken over by Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. and the letters TBS became in use for the abbreviation of the subsidiary company.
  • March 11, 2011 - During the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, a news special program was broadcast without commercials from the earthquake in three days.
  • December 1, 2011 - TBS sold the Yokohama BayStars, a Nippon Professional Baseball team to DeNA. DeNA will buy 66.92 percent of the team's stock for 6.5 billion yen from TBS. TBS will retain a 2.31 percent ownership stake in the team.[2]
  • April 1, 2016 - TBS Holdings subsidiary, TBS Radio and Communications renamed TBS Radio.
  • April 1, 2020 - Four months after the 2019 merger of CBS and Viacom, TBS Holdings and TV Asahi Holdings repartnered with CBS Entertainment Group via WarnerMedia Studios & Networks (inc. The CW, a limited liability joint venture between CBS and WarnerMedia), since CBS News and CNN partnered with JNN and ANN for 56 years. Following the fourth logo unveiled for 26 years.
  • October 1, 2020: Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. was renamed TBS Holdings, Inc., to commemorate 70th anniversary of the company.

Coverage Edit

Current Edit

Broadcasting rights Edit

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Golf Edit

Multi-sport events Edit

Announcers Edit

Programs Edit

Below is a selection of the many programs that the network has broadcast.

Anime programming Edit

Criticism Edit

Sakamoto family murders Edit

TBS was accused of failing to protect its sources in October 1989, when it taped an interview with Tsutsumi Sakamoto regarding his investigations into the Aum Shinrikyo sect. The network secretly showed a video of the interview to Aum members without Sakamoto's knowledge. Aum officials then pressured TBS to cancel the planned broadcast of the interview, but Sakamoto, his wife and child were murdered by Aum members on 3 November.[3]

See also Edit

  • Hobankyo - Organization based in Japan that enforces TBS copyright issues.

Notes Edit

  1. ^ 株式会社TBSホールディングス, Kabushiki gaisha TBS Hōrudingusu
  2. ^ 株式会社東京放送ホールディングス, Kabushiki-gaisha Tōkyō Hōsō Hōrudingusu
  3. ^ 株式会社東京放送, TBS

References Edit

  1. ^ "TV Station Comes Under New Fire in Cult Scandal". Associated Press news. 1996-04-02. Retrieved 2010-09-28.
  2. ^ "NPB/ TBS sells BayStars to DeNA, pending league approval". Asahi Asia & Japan Watch. Asahi Shimbun. November 5, 2011. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "Japan TV network fights ethics charges". UPI. Retrieved 2018-07-06.

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