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Tokyo Broadcasting System

This article is about the holding company. For the radio station in Kanto region, see TBS Radio & Communications. For the television station, see Tokyo Broadcasting System Television. For other uses, see TBS (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Turner Broadcasting System.
Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.
Kabushiki gaisha
Traded as TYO: 9401
Industry Information, Communication
Founded Tokyo, Japan ((1951-05-17)May 17, 1951)
Headquarters TBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka Gochome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Services Stockholding
Revenue 11px¥342,754 million (consolidated, March 2011)
11px¥7,705 million (consolidated, March 2011)
#redirect Template:If affirmed 11px¥103 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total assets 11px¥593,023 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total equity 11px¥344,658 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Owner see list
Subsidiaries see TBS Group
Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
Kabushiki gaisha
Industry Information, Communication
Founded Tokyo, Japan ((2000-03-21)March 21, 2000)
Headquarters TBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka Gochome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Services Broadcasting, TV program production, etc.
Parent Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.
Kantō Region, Japan
Branding TBS Television (TBSテレビ TBS Terebi?)
Slogan With heart, TBS. (2011-present)
Channels Analog: Channel 6 (VHF)
Digital: Channel 22 (UHF - LCN 6)

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
Affiliations JNN
Owner Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
First air date April 1955
Sister station(s) BS-TBS
TBS Channel
TBS News Bird
TBS Radio
Former callsigns JOKR-TV (1955-2001) (Kabushiki Gaisha Radio Tokyo)
Transmitter coordinates

35°39′31″N 139°44′44″E / 35.65861°N 139.74556°E / 35.65861; 139.74556{{#coordinates:35|39|31|N|139|44|44|E|type:landmark_scale:2000 | |name=


Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. (株式会社東京放送ホールディングス Kabushiki-gaisha Tōkyō Hōsō Hōrudingusu?), TBS Holdings, Inc. or TBSHD, is a stockholding company in Tokyo, Japan. It is a parent company of a television network named Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (株式会社TBSテレビ?, abbreviated to TBS) and radio network named TBS Radio & Communications, Inc. (株式会社TBSラジオ&コミュニケーションズ?).

TBS Television, Inc. has a 28-affiliate news network called JNN (Japan News Network), as well as a 34-affiliate radio network called JRN (Japan Radio Network) which TBS Radio & Communications, Inc. (TBSラジオ) has.

TBS (present TBS Holdings, Inc.) produced the Takeshi's Castle game show, which is dubbed and rebroadcast in Indonesia (RCTI, TPI), Germany (DSF), Britain (Challenge), Spain (Cuatro TV), Italy (Italia 1), Finland (JIM), Philippines (GMA Network DZBB-7), India (Pogo TV) and the United States (Spike, under the name MXC, formerly Most Extreme Elimination Challenge). This network is also home to the many Ultraman.


  • the headquarters of TBSHD, TBS, TBS Radio, BS-TBS and C-TBS - TBS Broadcasting Center, 3-6, Akasaka Gochome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • TBS Midoriyama Studio - 2100, Midoriyama, Aoba-ku, Yokohama, Japan
  • TBSHD Kansai Branch Office - HERBIS OSAKA Office Tower (11th floor), 5-25, Umeda Nihome, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
  • TBSHD Nagoya Branch Office - Sakaemachi Building, 23-31, Nishiki Sanchome, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Japan

TBS Group

  • Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.
  • Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
  • TBS Radio & Communications, Inc.
  • BS-TBS, Inc.
  • C-TBS, Inc.
  • TBS Service, Inc.
  • TBS-Vision, Inc.
  • ACS, Inc.
  • Akasaka Video Center Co., Ltd.
  • Tokyo Broadcasting System International, Inc.
  • TBS TriMedia, Inc.
  • TC Entertainment, Inc. (a Sells DVD software of Suite PreCure and Smile PreCure! or Dokidoki! PreCure)
  • Dreamax Television
  • Akasaka Graphics Art, Inc.
  • F&F, Inc.
  • Telecom Sounds
  • Procam Co., Ltd.
  • Jasc
  • VuCast
  • Nichion, Inc.
Real Estate Businesses
  • Midoriyama Studio City
  • TBS Planning, etc.

History of TBS

  • 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.
  • November 29, 1960 - KRT was renamed Tokyo Broadcasting System, Incorporated (株式会社東京放送?, TBS), and the headquarters and radio studio were moved to Akasaka.
  • 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, Inc. (MBS) joined the news network due to ownership issues with ABC. Since then, MBS has been an affiliated TV station of JNN in Osaka.
  • November 23, 1978 - The frequency of TBS Radio changed to 954 kHz.
  • 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]
  • 1994 - The present headquarters were completed next to the old headquarters. They are called "Big Hat (ビッグハット)".
  • 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 simbol for "person".
  • March 21, 2000 - TBS founded TBS Radio & Communications Incorporated (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 Incorporated (株式会社ティ・ビー・エス・エンタテインメント), and TBS Sports Incorporated (株式会社ティ・ビー・エス・スポーツ), and founded TBS Live Incorporated (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, Incorporated" (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 withdraw its bid for TBS on December 1 and plans to form a business alliance with the broadcast company.
  • April 1, 2006 - Digital terrestrial broadcasts commence.
  • April 1, 2009 - TBS became a certified broadcast holding company named "Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc." (株式会社東京放送ホールディングス, TBSHD). 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 TV company.
  • 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]

Stockholders of TBSHD

  • As of July 31, 2010
  1. Rakuten, Inc. - 19.83%
  2. The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd. (Pension Account-Pension Trust Account held for Dentsu, Inc.) - 4.88%
  3. The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd. (Trust Account) - 4.45%
  4. Nippon Life Insurance Company - 4.10%
  5. Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. - 3.23%
  6. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation - 3.01%
  7. Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. - 3.00%
  8. Mitsui & Co., Ltd. - 2.25%
  9. Bic Camera, Inc. - 2.00%
  10. Kodansha, Ltd - 1.98%



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

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デジタルテレビジョン)

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


  • 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 Nagano, broadcast in Nagano Prefecture: SBC, Analog: Channel 11, Digital: Channel 16 (Nagano, ID:6)

...among others.


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

Anime programming

Violation of the protection of sources

TBS is notoriously known for intentionally violating protection of sources in October 1989. In that month of that year, the Tokyo Broadcasting System taped an interview with Tsutsumi Sakamoto regarding his efforts to unveil the deceptive dogmas of the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo sect. However, the network secretly showed a video of the interview to Aum members without Sakamoto's knowledge, intentionally breaking its protection of sources. Aum officials then pressured TBS to cancel the planned broadcast of the interview, but Sakamoto was murdered by the members after a few days, on the 3rd of November. This makes TBS indirectly responsible for a homicide of a person who combated the dangerous sect and attempted to bring the attention of the public to the everyday human rights violations taking place within that sect.[citation needed]

See also

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


  1. ^ "Take a ride on the travel food choo-choo". The Japan Times. 2001-09-30. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  2. ^ "NPB/ TBS sells BayStars to DeNA, pending league approval". Asahi Asia & Japan Watch (Asahi Shimbun). November 5, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 

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