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Type Cable television network
Country South Korea
Availability South Korea
Slogan Colorful JTBC
Owner Joongang Media Network (25%)
DY Asset (5.92%)
JoongAng Ilbo (5%)
TV Asahi 3.08%
Turner Asia Pacific Venture 2.64%
Key people
Kim Su-gil (President) Hong Jeong-do (CEO)
Launch date
1 December 2011 (cable)
Official website
Korean name
Hanja 제이티비씨
Revised Romanization Jusikhoesa Jeitibissi
McCune–Reischauer Chusikhoesa Cheit'ipissi
Country South Korea
Broadcast area Nationwide
SkyLife Channel 15 (HD)
Available on most South Korean cable systems Check local listings for details
B TV Channel 15 (HD)
U+ TV Channel 15 (HD)
Olleh TV Channel 15 (HD)
Streaming media
64MA TV Search and Click on JTBC
KPlayer TV Channel 4 (Not available in Korea.)

JTBC (Hangul제이티비씨) is a South Korean nationwide general cable TV network and broadcasting company, in which the largest shareholder is JoongAng Ilbo[1]/JoongAng Media Network with 25% of shares.[2] It was launched on December 1, 2011.[3]

JTBC is one of four new South Korean nationwide general cable TV networks alongside Dong-A Ilbo's Channel A, Chosun Ilbo's TV Chosun and Maeil Kyungje's MBN in 2011.[4][5][6][7][8] The four new networks supplement existing conventional free-to-air TV networks like KBS, MBC, SBS and other smaller channels launched following deregulation in 1990.


The JoongAng Ilbo, which used to be a part of the Samsung Group, had owned a TV station before. In 1964 it founded the Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) and ran the network for 16 years. In 1980 however TBC was forcibly merged with the state-run KBS by the military regime of Chun Doo-hwan. Market watchers see the return of JoongAng Ilbo to television in JTBC as the reincarnation of TBC.[9]


  • 26 June 1965: Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation was launched.
  • 7 December 1965: TBC-TV Started broadcasting on channel number 7.
  • 30 November 1980: TBC-TV merged into KBS Television by the special law of Chun Doo-hwan, president of military authorities, resulting in the launching of KBS 2TV.
  • 22 July 2009: Amendment of the Media law passed the national assembly to deregulate the media market of South Korea.
  • 31 December 2010: JTBC, TV Chosun, MBN, Channel A selected as General Cable Television Channel Broadcasters.
  • 11 March 2011: JoongAng Ilbo established JTBC corporation.[10]
  • 1 December 2011: JTBC (Channel number 15) started broadcasting.[11]
  • 2013: JTBC constructs a new building in Digital Media City in Sangam-dong, Seoul.
  • May 2013: Former MBC news anchor Sohn Suk-hee was designated as JTBC's new president for its news division.[12]
  • December 2015: Knowing Bros was released and Kang Ho-dong and Lee Soo-geun is main MC. [13]


For more details on this topic, see List of programs broadcast by JTBC.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 종편-제이티비씨 "중앙미디어네트워크가 최대 주주인 제이티비씨"
  2. ^ 종편 주주 현황 어떻게 - 경향신문 "이에 따르면 중앙일보가 참여하는 '제이티비씨'는 납입자본금이 4220억원으로 가장 많고 중앙미디어네트워크가 최대 주주로 지분 25%를 보유하고 있다."
  3. ^ Shin Hae-in (30 November 2011). "New cable channels go on air". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  4. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (12 December 2011). "What else can new channels do to boost ratings?". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  5. ^ Noh Hyun-gi (4 January 2012). "Four new TV channels face uncertain futures". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  6. ^ Yoon Ja-young (20 January 2012). "Low ratings weigh on new channels". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  7. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (6 June 2012). "New channels remain 'anonymous'". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  8. ^ Bae Ji-sook (29 November 2012). "'New TV channels are niche, not gold mine'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  9. ^ Four New TV Broadcasting Networks Debut in S. Korea "New broadcast channel JTBC is actually the reincarnation of the Samsung group’s Tongyang Broadcasting Company, the nation’s first private broadcaster."
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "A fresh start by JTBC". Korea JoongAng Daily. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  12. ^ Kim Hee-jin; Han Eun-hwa (11 May 2013). "JTBC chooses news chief". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  13. ^ 장, 소윤 (2015-12-04). "[JTBC 아는 형님]강호동-이수근 케미 다시볼 수 있어 '영광' (종합)". 

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