Tokyo Broadcasting System

Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.[1], TBS Holdings, Inc. or TBSHD, is a Japanese media holding company. It is the 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).

Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.
Native name
Kabushiki gaisha Tōkyō Hōsō Hōrudingusu
Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc.
until end of FY 2008
Public (KK)
Traded asTYO: 9401
IndustryInformation, Communication
FoundedTokyo, Japan (May 17, 1951 (1951-05-17))
HeadquartersTBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka 5-chome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Revenue¥342,754 million (consolidated, March 2011)
¥7,705 million (consolidated, March 2011)
¥103 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total assets¥593,023 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total equity¥344,658 million (consolidated, March 2011)
OwnerTMTBJ investment trusts (10.4%; 5.3% managed for Dentsu (largest shareholder))
MBS Media Holdings (5%)
SMBC (3.2%)
Number of employees
SubsidiariesTokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
others, see TBS Group

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 and is also the home to the many Ultra Series programs (until recently; current Ultra Series programs are now aired on TV Tokyo) and Sasuke (Ninja Warrior), whose format would inspire similar programs outside Japan.

Despite affiliation with the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, the newspaper's publisher (The Mainichi Newspapers Co.) is not the largest shareholder in TBSHD nor the Mainichi Broadcasting System's holding company MBS Media Holdings, TBSHD's second-largest shareholder.


  • 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.
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 the main building in 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 (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.
  • 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.[2]
  • October 19, 1990 - The last-ever episode of Takeshi's Castle was broadcast on TBS.
  • 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)".
  • 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.[3]



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)
  • Headquartered in Yahiko, broadcast in Niigata Prefecture: BSN, Analog: Channel 5, Digital: Channel 17 (Niigata, 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, his wife and child was murdered by the members after a few days, on the 3rd of November. This makes TBS indirectly responsible for a homicide of three persons 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.[4]

See also

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


  1. 株式会社東京放送ホールディングス Kabushiki-gaisha Tōkyō Hōsō Hōrudingusu
  2. "Take a ride on the travel food choo-choo". The Japan Times. 2001-09-30. Retrieved 2010-09-28.
  3. "NPB/ TBS sells BayStars to DeNA, pending league approval". Asahi Asia & Japan Watch. Asahi Shimbun. November 5, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  4. "Japan TV network fights ethics charges". UPI. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  • TBS (in Japanese)
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