TBS Television (Japan)

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Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
Native name
TypeSubsidiary KK
FoundedTokyo, Japan ((2000-03-21)March 21, 2000)
HeadquartersTBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka Gochome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
ParentTBS Holdings, Inc.
Tokyo Broadcasting System logo 2020.svg
Kantō Region, Japan
ChannelsDigital: 22 (UHF - LCN 6)
OwnerTokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
First air date
April 1955
Former call signs
JOKR-TV (1955-2001)
Former channel number(s)
6 (VHF) (1955-2011)
Call sign meaning
JOKR-TV: JO Kabushiki gaisha Radio Tokyo (former name of TBS)
Technical information
ERP10 kW (68 kW ERP)
Transmitter coordinates35°39′31″N 139°44′44″E / 35.65861°N 139.74556°E / 35.65861; 139.74556
Translator(s)Niijima, Tokyo
Analog: Channel 56

Mito, Ibaraki
Analog: Channel 40
Digital: Channel 15
Utsunomiya, Tochigi
Analog: Channel 55
Digital: Channel 15
Maebashi, Gunma
Analog: Channel 56
Digital: Channel 43
Kiryū, Gunma
Analog: Channel 55
Chichibu, Saitama
Analog: Channel 18
Narita, Chiba
Analog: Channel 55
Tateyama, Chiba
Analog: Channel 56
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 56
Yokosuka-Kurihama, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 39
Hiratsuka, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 37
Digital: Channel 22

Odawara, Kanagawa
Analog: Channel 56

JORX-DTV, branded as TBS Television (Japanese: TBSテレビ, Hepburn: TBS Terebi) is the flagship station of the Japan News Network (JNN), owned-and-operated by the Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.[1] subsidiary of JNN's owner, TBS Holdings. It operates in the Kantō region.

TBS produced the Takeshi's Castle game show, which is dubbed and rebroadcast internationally. The channel is also home to Ultraman and the Ultra Series franchise from 1966 onwards – itself a spinoff to Ultra Q, co-produced and broadcast in the same year – and its spinoffs, most if not all made by Tsuburaya Productions for the network. Since the 1990s it is home to Sasuke (Ninja Warrior), whose format would inspire similar programs outside Japan, by itself a spinoff to the legendary TBS game show Kinniku Banzuke that lasted for 7 seasons.

On May 24, 2017, TBS and five other major media firms (TV Tokyo, Nikkei, Inc., WOWOW, Dentsu and Hakuhodo DY Media Partners) officially announced that they would jointly establish a new company in July to offer paid online video services. TBS Holdings would become the largest shareholder of the new company, Premium Platform Japan, with a 31.5% stake. An official from TBS Holdings, named Yasuhiro Takatsuna, became the new company's president.[2][3][4]



JORX-TV (former callsign: JOKR-TV) - TBS Television ( TBS Terebijōn TBSテレビジョン (former Japanese name: 東京放送 Tōkyō Hōsō))

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 Dejitaru Terebijōn TBSデジタルテレビジョン)

  • Remote Controller ID 6
  • Tokyo Skytree - Channel 22
  • Mito - Channel 15
  • Utsunomiya - Channel 15
  • Maebashi - Channel 36
  • Hiratsuka - Channel 22


TBS programming is also broadcast across JNN-affiliate stations nationwide, which include the following:

  • 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 Sendai, broadcast in Miyagi Prefecture: TBC, Analog: Channel 1, Digital: Channel 19 (Sendai, ID: 1)
  • Headquartered in Nagano, broadcast in Nagano Prefecture: SBC, Analog: Channel 11, Digital: Channel 16 (Nagano, ID: 6)
  • Headquartered in Takaoka, broadcast in Toyama Prefecture: TUT, Analog: Channel 32, Digital: Channel 22 (Takaoka, ID: 6)
  • Headquartered in Fukuoka, broadcast in Fukuoka Prefecture: RKB, Analog: Channel 4, Digital: Channel 30 (Fukuoka, ID: 4)
  • Headquartered in Naha, broadcast in Okinawa Prefecture: RBC, Analog: Channel 10, Digital: Channel 14 (Naha, ID: 3)


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

Anime programming[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Hobankyo – organization based in Japan that enforces TBS copyright issues.
  • TBS video controversy – alleged cause of the Sakamoto family murder incident


  1. ^ Japanese: 株式会社TBSテレビ, Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha TBS Terebi
  2. ^ JIJI (24 May 2017). "Six media firms, led by TBS, to start joint online video service". Japan Times. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ Mark Schilling (24 May 2017). "Japan's TBS and Nikkei Head Video Platform Launch". Variety. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Six Japanese media companies to start joint online video service".

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