TBS Television (Japan)

JORX-DTV, branded as TBS Television (Japanese: TBSテレビ, Hepburn: TBS Terebi) is the flagship station of the Japan News Network (JNN), owned-and-operated by Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.[1], a subsidiary of JNN's owner, TBS Holdings. It operates in the Kantō region and broadcasts its content nationally through TBS-JNN Network, or Japan News Network.

Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
Native name
Kabushikigaisha TBS terebi
TypeSubsidiary KK
FoundedMarch 21, 2000 (22 years ago) (2000-03-21) in Tokyo, Japan
HeadquartersTBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka Gochome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
ParentTBS Holdings, Inc.
Footnotes / references
Data from its Corporate Profile
Tokyo Broadcasting System logo 2020.svg
AffiliationsJapan News Network
OwnerTokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
TBS Channel 1
TBS Channel 2
TBS News
First air date
April 1, 1955; 67 years ago (1955-04-01)
Former call signs
JOKR-TV (1955-2001)
Former channel number(s)
6 (VHF) (1955-2011)
Call sign meaning
JOKR-TV: JO Kabushiki gaisha Radio Tokyo (former name of TBS)
JORX-(D)TV: JO Radio Tokyo (X)
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)Niijima, Tokyo
Analog: Channel 56

Mito, Ibaraki
Analog: Channel 40
Digital: Channel 15
Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Analog: Channel 55
Digital: Channel 15
Maebashi, Gunma
Analog: Channel 56
Digital: Channel 43
Kiryū, Gunma
Analog: Channel 55
Chichibu, Saitama
Analog: Channel 18
Narita, Chiba
Analog: Channel 55
Tateyama, Chiba
Analog: Channel 56
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 56
Yokosuka-Kurihama, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 39
Hiratsuka, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 37
Digital: Channel 22

Odawara, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 56

TBS produced the Takeshi's Castle game show, which is dubbed and rebroadcast internationally. The channel was also home to Ultraman and the Ultra Series franchise from 1966 – itself a spinoff to Ultra Q, co-produced and broadcast in the same year – and its spinoffs, most if not all made by Tsuburaya Productions for the network; in the 2010s, Ultra Series moved to TV Tokyo. Since the 1990s it is home to Sasuke (Ninja Warrior), whose format would inspire similar programs outside Japan, by itself a spinoff to the legendary TBS game show Kinniku Banzuke that lasted for 7 seasons.

On May 24, 2017, TBS and five other major media firms (TV Tokyo, Nikkei, Inc., WOWOW, Dentsu and Hakuhodo DY Media Partners) officially announced that they would jointly establish a new company in July to offer paid online video services. TBS Holdings would become the largest shareholder of the new company, Premium Platform Japan, with a 31.5% stake. An official from TBS Holdings, named Yasuhiro Takatsuna, became the new company's president.[2][3][4]


Early historyEdit

Matsutarō Shōriki, the former owner of Yomiuri Shimbun, brought forward the original idea of private broadcasting in Japan in 1951.[5]: 82 In June of the following year, NHK, Yomiuri Shimbun, and Radio Tokyo (the first private radio broadcaster), became the first few applicants to apply for a TV broadcast license.[5]: 83–84 



JORX-TV (former callsign: JOKR-TV) - TBS Television ( TBS Terebijōn TBSテレビジョン (former Japanese name: 東京放送 Tōkyō Hōsō))

Islands in Tokyo
  • Niijima - Channel 56
Ibaraki Prefecture
  • Mito - Channel 40
Tochigi Prefecture
  • Utsunomiya - Channel 55
Gunma Prefecture
  • Maebashi - Channel 56
  • Kiryu - Channel 55
Saitama Prefecture
  • Chichibu - Channel 18
Chiba Prefecture
  • Chiba City - Channel 55
  • Urayasu - Channel 56
Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Yokohama-minato - Channel 56
  • Yokosuka-Kurihama - Channel 39
  • Hiratsuka - Channel 37
  • Odawara - Channel 56


JORX-DTV - TBS Digital Television (TBS Dejitaru Terebijōn TBSデジタルテレビジョン)

  • Remote Controller ID 6
  • Tokyo Skytree - Channel 22
  • Mito - Channel 15
  • Utsunomiya - Channel 15
  • Maebashi - Channel 36
  • Hiratsuka - Channel 22


TBS programming is also broadcast across JNN-affiliate stations nationwide, which include the following:

  • Headquartered in Osaka, broadcast in the Kansai area: MBS, Analog: Channel 4, Digital: Channel 16 (Osaka, ID: 4)
  • Headquartered in Nagoya, broadcast in the Chukyo area: CBC, Analog: Channel 5, Digital: Channel 18 (Nagoya, ID: 5)
  • Headquartered in Sapporo, broadcast in Hokkaidō: HBC, Analog: Channel 1, Digital: Channel 19 (Sapporo, ID: 1)
  • Headquartered in Aomori, broadcast in Aomori Prefecture: ATV, Analog: Channel 38, Digital: Channel 30 (Aomori, ID: 6)
  • Headquartered in Morioka, broadcast in Iwate Prefecture: IBC, Analog: Channel 6, Digital: Channel 16 (Morioka, ID: 6)
  • Headquartered in Sendai, broadcast in Miyagi Prefecture: TBC, Analog: Channel 1, Digital: Channel 19 (Sendai, ID: 1)
  • Headquartered in Nagano, broadcast in Nagano Prefecture: SBC, Analog: Channel 11, Digital: Channel 16 (Nagano, ID: 6)
  • Headquartered in Takaoka, broadcast in Toyama Prefecture: TUT, Analog: Channel 32, Digital: Channel 22 (Takaoka, ID: 6)
  • Headquartered in Fukuoka, broadcast in Fukuoka Prefecture: RKB, Analog: Channel 4, Digital: Channel 30 (Fukuoka, ID: 4)
  • Headquartered in Naha, broadcast in Okinawa Prefecture: RBC, Analog: Channel 10, Digital: Channel 14 (Naha, ID: 3)


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

Anime programmingEdit

See alsoEdit

  • Hobankyo – organization based in Japan that enforces TBS copyright issues.
  • TBS video controversy – alleged cause of the Sakamoto family murder incident


  1. ^ Japanese: 株式会社TBSテレビ, Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha TBS Terebi
  2. ^ JIJI (24 May 2017). "Six media firms, led by TBS, to start joint online video service". Japan Times. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ Mark Schilling (24 May 2017). "Japan's TBS and Nikkei Head Video Platform Launch". Variety. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Six Japanese media companies to start joint online video service".
  5. ^ a b TBS50年史 [Tokyo Broadcasting's 50 Years] (in Japanese). Tōkyō Broadcasting System. 2002. OCLC 835030477.

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