NHK General TV

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NHK General TV
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNHK Broadcasting Center, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Sister channelsNHK Educational TV
NHK BS Premium
LaunchedFebruary 1, 1953; 70 years ago (1953-02-01)
Digital terrestrialChannel 1 (Channel 3 in prefectures where a commercial station operates on channel 1)

NHK General TV (NHK総合テレビジョン, NHK Sōgō Terebijon), abbreviated on-screen as NHK G, is the main television service of NHK, the Japanese public broadcaster. Its programming includes news, drama, quiz/variety shows, music, sports, anime, and specials which compete directly with the output of its commercial counterparts. The channel is well known for its nightly newscasts, regular documentary specials, and popular historical dramas. Among the programs NHK General TV broadcasts are the annual New Year's Eve spectacular Kōhaku Uta Gassen, the year-long Taiga drama, and the daytime Asadora.

The name is often abbreviated in Japanese to Sōgō Terebi (総合テレビ) ("GTV" and "NHK G" are also used). The word Sōgō (general) serves to differentiate the channel from NHK's other television services, NHK Educational TV, NHK BS 1, NHK BS 2 (closed in 2011) and NHK BS HI (changed to BS Premium).

Launched on 1 February 1953, NHK was Japan's only television channel prior to the launch of Nippon TV on 28 August 1953.

NHK's programs are produced in accordance with the Japan Broadcasting Corporation Broadcasting Code.


NHK conducted experimental broadcasts in 1939-1940 (interrupted due to its entry in the war), the callsign of the station in Tokyo was J2PQ, video frequency 4.5 MHz, output 500W.

In 1950, following the end of occupation, an experimental VHF service started in Tokyo on channel 3 (similar experiments were also carried out in Nagoya and Osaka) one hour a day, three days a week.

The first regular broadcast was carried out on February 1, 1953 from Tokyo, under the JOAK-TV callsign. The first stations outside Tokyo to sign-on were JOBK-TV in Osaka (March 1, 1954 at 8am) and JOCK-TV in Nagoya (the same day at 11am).



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NHK domestic stations and FM / Radio 1 / GTV services[edit]

Places in bold refer to where the main station of each region is located.

Channel designation for NHK General. Areas marked with red are assigned to Channel 1 while those in purple are assigned to Channel 3.
Region Station (name in Kanji) Analog (only Analog TV closed) Digital Prefecture
FM Radio 1 General TV
Call sign Ch. LCN Call sign
Hokkaidō Sapporo (札幌) JOIK-FM JOIK JOIK-TV 3 (3) JOIK-DTV Ishikari-Shiribeshi-Sorachi Subpref. (including Sapporo)
Hakodate (函館) JOVK-FM JOVK JOVK-TV 4 Oshima-Hiyama Subpref.
Asahikawa (旭川) JOCG-FM JOCG JOCG-TV 9 Kamikawa-Rumoi-Sōya Subpref.
Obihiro (帯広) JOOG-FM JOOG JOOG-TV 4 Tokachi Subpref.
Kushiro (釧路) JOPG-FM JOPG JOPG-TV 9 Kushiro-Nemuro Subpref.
Kitami (北見) JOKP-FM JOKP JOKP-TV 3 Abashiri Subpref.
Muroran (室蘭) JOIQ-FM JOIQ JOIQ-TV 9 Iburi-Hidaka Subpref.
Tōhoku Aomori (青森) JOTG-FM JOTG JOTG-TV 3 (3) JOTG-DTV Aomori
Akita (秋田) JOUK-FM JOUK JOUK-TV 9 (1) JOUK-DTV Akita
Yamagata (山形) JOJG-FM JOJG JOJG-TV 8 JOJG-DTV Yamagata
Morioka (盛岡) JOQG-FM JOQG JOQG-TV 4 JOQG-DTV Iwate
Sendai (仙台) JOHK-FM JOHK JOHK-TV 3 (3) JOHK-DTV Miyagi
Fukushima (福島) JOFP-FM JOFP JOFP-TV 9 (1) JOFP-DTV Fukushima
Kantō-Kōshin'etsu Tokyo (東京) JOAK-FM JOAK JOAK-TV
1 (1) JOAK-DTV
Tokyo and surrounding areas (including Saitama, Chiba, and Yokohama)
Yokohama (横浜) JOGP-FM -- 1 Kanagawa
Chiba (千葉) JOMP-FM -- 1 Chiba
Saitama (埼玉) JOLP-FM -- 1 Saitama
Maebashi (前橋) JOTP-FM -- 1 JOTP-DTV Gunma
Utsunomiya (宇都宮) JOBP-FM -- 1 JOBP-DTV Tochigi
Mito (水戸) JOEP-FM -- 1 JOEP-DTV Ibaraki
Kōfu (甲府) JOKG-FM JOKG JOKG-TV 1 JOKG-DTV Yamanashi
Nagano (長野) JONK-FM JONK JONK-TV 2 JONK-DTV Nagano
Niigata (新潟) JOQK-FM JOQK JOQK-TV 8 JOQK-DTV Niigata
Tōkai-Hokuriku Toyama (富山) JOIG-FM JOIG JOIG-TV 3 (3) JOIG-DTV Toyama
Kanazawa (金沢) JOJK-FM JOJK JOJK-TV 4 (1) JOJK-DTV Ishikawa
Shizuoka (静岡) JOPK-FM JOPK JOPK-TV 9 JOPK-DTV Shizuoka
Nagoya (名古屋) JOCK-FM JOCK JOCK-TV 3 (3) JOCK-DTV Aichi
Gifu (岐阜) JOOP-FM -- JOOP-TV 39/3 JOOP-DTV Gifu
Tsu (津) JONP-FM -- JONP-TV 31/3 JONP-DTV Mie
Kansai Osaka (大阪) JOBK-FM JOBK JOBK-TV 2 (1) JOBK-DTV Osaka
Kōbe (神戸) JOPP-FM -- JOPP-TV 28/2 JOPP-DTV Hyōgo
Kyoto (京都) JOOK-FM JOOK JOOK-TV 32/2 JOOK-DTV Kyoto
Ōtsu (大津) JOQP-FM -- JOQP-TV 28 JOQP-DTV Shiga
Hikone (彦根) sub. of Ōtsu -- JOQP -- -- -- --
Nara (奈良) JOUP-FM -- JOUP-TV 51/2 (1) JOUP-DTV Nara
Wakayama (和歌山) JORP-FM -- JORP-TV 32 JORP-DTV Wakayama
Chūgoku Tottori (鳥取) JOLG-FM JOLG JOLG-TV 3 (3) JOLG-DTV Tottori
Matsue (松江) JOTK-FM JOTK JOTK-TV 6 JOTK-DTV Shimane
Okayama (岡山) JOKK-FM JOKK JOKK-TV 5 (1) JOKK-DTV Okayama
Hiroshima (広島) JOFK-FM JOFK JOFK-TV 3 JOFK-DTV Hiroshima
Yamaguchi (山口) JOUG-FM JOUG JOUG-TV 9 JOUG-DTV Yamaguchi
Shikoku Tokushima (徳島) JOXK-FM JOXK JOXK-TV 3 (3) JOXK-DTV Tokushima
Takamatsu (高松) JOHP-FM JOHP JOHP-TV 37 (1) JOHP-DTV Kagawa
Matsuyama (松山) JOZK-FM JOZK JOZK-TV 6 JOZK-DTV Ehime
Kyūshū-Okinawa Fukuoka (福岡) JOLK-FM JOLK JOLK-TV 3 (3) JOLK-DTV Nishifukuoka (includes Fukuoka and Kurume)
Kitakyūshū (北九州) JOSK-FM JOSK JOSK-TV 6 JOSK-DTV Higashifukuoka/Nishiyamaguchi (includes Kitakyūshū and Shimonoseki)
Saga (佐賀) JOSP-FM JOSP JOSP-TV 38 (1) JOSP-DTV Saga
Nagasaki (長崎) JOAG-FM JOAG JOAG-TV 3 JOAG-DTV Nagasaki
Kumamoto (熊本) JOGK-FM JOGK JOGK-TV 9 JOGK-DTV Kumamoto
Miyazaki (宮崎) JOMG-FM JOMG JOMG-TV 8 JOMG-DTV Miyazaki
Kagoshima (鹿児島) JOHG-FM JOHG JOHG-TV 3 (3) JOHG-DTV Kagoshima
Okinawa (沖縄) JOAP-FM JOAP JOAP-TV 2 (1) JOAP-DTV Okinawa (including Naha)

JIB TV[edit]

JIB TV is a Japanese television company which, since 2009, has produced English-language programs about Japan and Asia for an international audience. The programs will be shown all over the world through the English channel NHK World from the Japanese public service broadcaster NHK, as well as via the player through the JIB TV's website. NHK World TV and production company Jib was started in 2009 with the purpose of disseminating information, knowledge of Japanese and Asian culture and as a counterweight to channels such as CNN International and BBC World.

Japan International Broadcasting Company owns 60 percent of the public service company NHK and to 40 percent of businesses with stakeholders such as Microsoft and Japanese bank Mizuho. Operations are financed for the most part by the Japanese TV license payers but also by external sponsors and advertisers. Broadcasts reach the Scandinavian countries via Astra and Eutelsat satellites. The aim is that in future also be distributed via leading cable and IPTV operators.

In order to release capital NHK moved money from radio to TV. One consequence was that the Swedish, German and Italian departments of foreign channel Radio Japan were shut down in autumn 2007.

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