|Launched||September 28, 1993|
|Owned by||TVBS Media Inc.|
|Country||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|Sister channel(s)||TVBS Entertainment Channel, TVBS News, TVBS Asia|
|Taiwan CATV||Channel 56|
TVBS Media Inc. began its broadcast through satellite DTH and local cable systems on 28 September 1993. As the first privately owned broadcaster, it broke the decades-long oligopoly of the three state-owned terrestrial television stations in the Taiwan market. TVBS currently[when?] operates five television channels, which are TVBS’ 56 Channel, TVBS News, TVBS Entertainment, TVSB-Asia (overseas), TVB8 (MOD).
It established of Taiwan’s first entertainment variety channel, TVBS-G, and the country’s first 24-hour news channel, TVBS-News.
TVBS Media Inc. was the first network to go full HD, from filming to production to broadcast. It was the first to introduce 4K cameras paired with movie-quality lenses to film and produce its dramas, programs, and news special reports.
TVBS operates four channels:
- Government Information Office (GIO) Taiwan head Pasuya Yao claims TVBS violated Taiwan media ownership laws, requiring that a foreign juristic person should not directly own majority shares of local satellite channels. On 1 November 2005, the announced a fine of NT$1 million against TVBS and ordered that it comply with the ownership rules in a practical timeframe, and afterwards TVBS appealed to Executive Yuan against Yao's decision. TVBS stated that TVB, a television broadcasting company in Hong Kong, held majority ownership of the company by a local juristic person. Executive Yuan announced that TVBS's ownership models is legal and GIO are required to return the fine.
- Bitumen duck incident (瀝青鴨事件): happened on 29 December 2006. Although TVBS apologized, the incident had already caused damage to the duck industry.
- Chou Cheng-pao Video Tape incident (周政保影帶事件): happened on 26 March 2007. On March 30, the NCC fined TVBS a total of two million New Taiwan dollars and required TVBS to replace the general manager.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to TVBS.|
- (in Chinese) TVBS Official Site
- (in English) TVBi
- (in English) Chuang, Jimmy; Shan, Shelley (29 Mar 2007). "Gangster footage shot by TVBS reporter". Taipei Times. p. 1.
- (in English) The Star: “Taiwan reporters fired over TV gangster video”, 2007-03-29
- (in English) ic Wales: “Taiwanese gangster threatens to kill rival”, 2007-03-27
- (in English) Earthtimes: “Man's TV threat proves costly”, 2007-03-29