TBS Television

Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社TBSテレビ, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha TBS Terebi) is a TV station in the Kantō region, wholly owned by Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings. It has a 28-affiliate news network called Japan News Network (JNN).

Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha
IndustryInformation, Communication
FoundedTokyo, Japan ((2000-03-21)March 21, 2000)
HeadquartersTBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka Gochome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
ServicesBroadcasting, TV program production, etc.
ParentTokyo Broadcasting System Holdings
Kantō Region, Japan
SloganFrom TBS (2015-)
ChannelsDigital: 22 (UHF - LCN 6)
TranslatorsNiijima, 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
OwnerTokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
First air dateApril 1955
Call letters' meaningJOKR-TV: JO Kabushiki gaisha Radio Tokyo (former name of TBS)
Former callsignsJOKR-TV (1955-2001)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
6 (VHF) (1955-2011)
Transmitter power10 kW (68 kW ERP)
Transmitter coordinates35°39′31″N 139°44′44″E

TBS produced the Takeshi's Castle game show, which is dubbed and rebroadcast internationally. The channel is also home to Ultraman and the Ultra Series franchise from 1966 onwards – 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. 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, Six major media firms, including TBS, officially announced they will jointly establish a new company in July 2017 to offer paid online video services. TBS Holdings will become the largest shareholder of the new company, Premium Platform Japan, with a 31.5 percent stake. An official from TBS Holdings will become the new company’s president.[1][2]



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


  • 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)

...among others.


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

Anime programming

See also

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


  1. JIJI (24 May 2017). "Six media firms, led by TBS, to start joint online video service". Japan Times. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  2. Mark Schilling (24 May 2017). "Japan's TBS and Nikkei Head Video Platform Launch". Variety. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
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