Tokyo Broadcasting System

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This article is about the holding company. For the radio station in Kanto region, see TBS Radio & Communications. For the television station, see Tokyo Broadcasting System Television. For other uses, see TBS (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Turner Broadcasting System.
Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.
Kabushiki gaisha
Traded as TYO: 9401
Industry Information, Communication
Founded Tokyo, Japan (May 17, 1951; 65 years ago (1951-05-17))
Headquarters TBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka Gochome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Services Stockholding
Revenue Decrease¥342,754 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Increase¥7,705 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Increase¥103 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total assets Decrease¥593,023 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total equity Decrease¥344,658 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Owner see list
Number of employees
Subsidiaries Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
others, see TBS Group
TBS Broadcasting Center

Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. (株式会社東京放送ホールディングス Kabushiki-gaisha Tōkyō Hōsō Hōrudingusu?), TBS Holdings, Inc. or TBSHD, is a stockholding company in Tokyo, Japan. It is a 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?).

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 home to the many Ultraman series.


  • 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[edit]

  • Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.
Real Estate Businesses
  • Midoriyama Studio City
  • TBS Planning, etc.

History of TBS[edit]

Former TBS cursive logo (Using period: August 1961 to September 1991)
  • 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 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.[1]
  • October 19, 1990 - The last-ever episode of Takeshi's Castle was broadcast on TBS.
  • October 3, 1994 - The present headquarters were completed next to the old headquarters. 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.[2]

Stockholders of TBSHD[edit]

  • As of July 31, 2010
  1. Rakuten, Inc. - 19.83%
  2. The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd. (Pension Account-Pension Trust Account held for Dentsu, Inc.) - 4.88%
  3. The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd. (Trust Account) - 4.45%
  4. Nippon Life Insurance Company - 4.10%
  5. Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. - 3.23%
  6. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation - 3.01%
  7. Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. - 3.00%
  8. Mitsui & Co., Ltd. - 2.25%
  9. Bic Camera, Inc. - 2.00%
  10. Kodansha, Ltd - 1.98%
  11. J.C. Staff - 4.64%



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.


From Japanese Wikipedia


  • Shūichi Shibata (柴田 秀一 Shibata Shūichi?) joined in 1981
  • Naoki Uraguchi (浦口 直樹 Uraguchi Naoki?) joined in 1983
  • Takahiro Tosaki (戸崎 貴広 Tosaki Takahiro?) joined in 1986
  • Masahiro Kiyohara (清原 正博 Kiyohara Masahiro?) joined in 1988
  • Masao Mukai (向井 政生 Mukai Masao?) joined in 1988
  • Yutaka Kobayashi (小林 豊 Kobayashi Yutaka?) joined in 1989
  • Tetsuya Saitō (斎藤 哲也 Saitō Tetsuya?) joined in 1989
  • Hiroki Andō (安東 弘樹 Andō Hiroki?) joined in 1991
  • Keisuke Hatsuta (初田 啓介 Hatsuta Keisuke?) joined in 1993
  • Daisuke Shimizu (清水 大輔 Shimizu Daisuke?) joined in 1993
  • Naohiro Masuda (升田 尚宏 Masuda Naohiro?) joined in 1994
  • Toshiyuki Doi (土井 敏之 Doi Toshiyuki?) joined in 1996
  • Wataru Ogasawara (小笠原 亘 Ogasawara Wataru?) joined in 1996
  • Shinichirō Azumi (安住 紳一郎 Azumi Shinichirō?) joined in 1997
  • Ryūta Itō (伊藤 隆太 Itō Ryūta?) joined in 1997
  • Kengo Komada (駒田 健吾 Komada Kengo?) joined in 1998
  • Etsuo Arata (新タ 悦男 Arata Etsuo?) joined in 1998
  • Fumiyasu Satō (佐藤 文康 Satō Fumiyasu?) joined in 1999
  • Shōhei Fujimori (藤森 祥平 Fujimori Shōhei?) joined in 2001
  • Takahiro Takano (高野 貴裕 Takano Takahiro?) joined in 2003
  • Ayumi Akaogi (赤荻 歩 Akaogi Ayumi?) joined in 2004
  • Noriyuki Hasumi (蓮見孝之 Hasumi Noriyuki?) joined in 2004
  • Ryūsuke Itō (伊藤 隆佑 Itō Ryūsuke?) joined in 2006
  • Takahiro Inoue (井上 貴博 Inoue Takahiro?) joined in 2007
  • Shin'ya Sugiyama (杉山 真也 Sugiyama Shin'ya?) joined in 2007
  • Takaaki Yamamoto (山本 匠晃 Yamamoto Taaki?) joined in 2008
  • Tomohiro Ishii (石井 大裕 Ishii Tomohiro?) joined in 2010
  • Hasen Kuniyama (国山ハセン Kuniyama Hasen?) joined in 2013
  • Kazato Kumazaki (熊崎 風斗 Kumazaki Kazato?) joined in 2013
  • Ryūta Shinada (品田 亮太 Shinada Ryūta?) joined in 2014


  • Yuki Nagamine (長峰 由紀 Nagamine Yuki?) joined in 1987
  • Junko Akisawa (秋沢 淳子 Akisawa Junko?) joined in 1991
  • Kyoko Nagaoka (長岡 杏子 Nagaoka Kyōko?) joined in 1994
  • Tomoko Ogawa (小川 知子 Ogawa Tomoko?) joined in 1995
  • Mika Horii (堀井 美香 Horii Mika?) joined in 1995
  • Ikumi Kimura (木村 郁美 Kimura Ikumi?) joined in 1996
  • Hiroko Ogura (小倉 弘子 Ogura Hiroko?) joined in 1997
  • Eri Toyama (外山 惠理 Toyama Eri?) joined in 1998
  • Ayano Toyoda (豊田 綾乃 Toyoda Ayano?) joined in
  • Tomoko Kubota (久保田 智子 Kubota Tomoko?) joined in 2000
  • Ayu Yamanouchi (山内 あゆ Yamanouchi Ayu?) joined in 2000
  • Yuriko Takahata (高畑 百合子 Takahata Yuriko?) joined in 2003
  • Hitomi Okamura (岡村 仁美 Okamura Hitomi?) joined in 2005
  • Mai Demizu (出水 麻衣 Demizu Mai?) joined in 2006
  • Mayumi Mizuno (水野 真裕美 Mizuno Mayumi?) joined in 2006
  • Sylvia Katō (加藤 シルビア Katō Sirubia?) joined in 2008
  • Ai Etō (江藤 愛 Etō Ai?) joined in 2009
  • Nagisa Satō (佐藤 渚 Satō Nagisa?) joined in 2010
  • Yūmi Furuya (古谷 有美 Furuya Yūmi?) joined in 2011
  • Akiyo Yoshida (吉田 明世 Yoshida Akiyo?) joined in 2011
  • Minaho Hayashi (林 みなほ Hayashi Minaho?) joined in 2012
  • Yumiko Kobayashi (小林 由未子 Kobayashi Yumiko?) joined in 2013
  • Yuri Sasagawa (笹川 友里 Sasagawa Yuri?) joined in 2013
  • Misato Ugaki (宇垣 美里 Ugaki Misato?) joined in 2014
  • Reina Minagawa (皆川 玲奈 Minagawa Reina?) joined in 2014
  • Risa Unai (宇内 梨沙 Unai Risa?) joined in 2015
  • Saeko Kamimura (上村 彩子 Kamimura Saeko?) joined in 2015
  • Kaede Itō (伊東 楓 Itō Kaede?) joined in 2016
  • Erika Yamamoto (山本 恵里伽 Yamamoto Erika?) joined in 2016
  • Maoko Hibi (日比麻音子 Hibi Maoko?) joined in 2016


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

Anime programming[edit]

Violation of the protection of sources[edit]

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 was murdered by the members after a few days, on the 3rd of November. This makes TBS indirectly responsible for a homicide of a person 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.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Take a ride on the travel food choo-choo". The Japan Times. 2001-09-30. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  2. ^ "NPB/ TBS sells BayStars to DeNA, pending league approval". Asahi Asia & Japan Watch. Asahi Shimbun. November 5, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 

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