Tokyo Metropolitan Television
|Kojimachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF - LCN 9)|
|Founded||April 30, 1993|
|First air date||November 1, 1995|
|Call letters' meaning||Metropolitan
|Former channel number(s)||14 (analog) (1995-2011)|
Tokyo Metropolitan Television Broadcasting Corporation (東京メトロポリタンテレビジョン株式会社 Tōkyō Metoroporitan Terebijon Kabushiki Kaisha?, Tokyo MX, after its call letters, JOMX-DTV) is a television station in Tokyo, Japan. It is the only television station that exclusively serves the city. It competes with Nippon Television, TV Asahi, NHK, Tokyo Broadcasting System, TV Tokyo, and Fuji Television, all of which are flagship stations of national networks. Tokyo MX was founded on April 30, 1993, and broadcasts commenced on November 1, 1995. Shareholders include the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo FM Broadcasting and others. (MXTV is an associate company of Tokyo FM.)
Every week, Tokyo MX airs the press conferences of the Governor of Tokyo. It is a member of the Japanese Association of Independent Television Stations (JAITS).
On April 30, 1993, a group led by former Daiichi Kogyo Bank (now Mizuho Bank) employee Tetsuo Fujimori founded the Tokyo Metropolitan Television Broadcasting Corporation to construct a fifth commercial television station that would be licensed to Tokyo. The station received its license on October 13, 1995 and began test transmissions two days later under the name MX-TV. MX-TV signed on the air on November 1, 1995 at 4:00 JST with a 14-hour long introductory program entitled "Countdown MX Television" (カウントダウンMXテレビ Kauntodaun MX Terebi?); regular broadcast commenced at 18:00 JST that same day.
On December 12, 2000, MX-TV was rebranded as Tokyo MX Television (東京MXテレビ Tōkyō MX Terebi?). The station commenced its digital terrestrial television signal on December 1, 2003, and would rebrand as Tokyo MX in July 2006.
A second channel, Tokyo MX2, began broadcasting in April 2014. The channel operates on the second sub-channel of Tokyo MX and is primarily dedicated to alternative programming.
The station celebrated its 20th anniversary on November 1, 2015.
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