Asahi Broadcasting Corporation

Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Corporation
Native name
Romanized name
Asahi Hōsō Gurūpu Hōrudingusu kabushiki gaisha
  • Asahi Broadcasting Company
  • Asahi Broadcasting Corporation
  • 朝日放送株式会社[a] (1949-2018)
Type Public KK
TYO: 9405
Industry information, communication
  • Incorporated 15 December 1949; 71 years ago (1949-12-15)
  • Started operations in Osaka in 15 March 1951; 70 years ago (1951-03-15)
Headquarters 1-30, Fukushima Itchome, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-shi, Japan
Number of locations
5 (3 in Japan, 1 in Paris, 1 in Shanghai)
Area served
Kansai, Japan
Key people
Satoshi Wakisaka (President)
  • Broadcasting
  • Radio program production
  • TV program production
  • Increase¥78,162 million (2012)
  • ¥76,691 million (2011)
  • Increase¥4,406 million (2012)
  • ¥3,605 million (2011)
  • Decrease¥574 million (2012)
  • ¥2,438 million (2011)
Total assets
  • Increase¥94,621 million (2012)
  • ¥93,139 million (2011)
Total equity
  • Increase¥56,898 million (2012)
  • ¥56,273 million (2011)
  • The Asahi Shimbun Company (14.88%)
  • TV Asahi Holdings Corporation (9.26%)
  • Murayama family (founding family of The Asahi Shimbun) (7%)
Number of employees
670 (March 31, 2011)
Parent The Asahi Shimbun Company
  • Asahi Television Broadcasting Corporation
  • Asahi Radio Broadcasting Corporation
  • ABC Media Communications
  • sky A, Inc.
  • ABC Development Corporation
  • i-nex+
  • ABC Livra
  • ABC Golf Club
  • Kagami Co.,ltd.
  • ABC Animation
  • DLE
  • Silver Link

The Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Corporation (朝日放送グループホールディングス株式会社, Asahi Hōsō Gurūpu Hōrudingusu kabushiki gaisha, ABC) is a certified broadcasting holding company headquartered in Osaka, Japan. Until March 31, 2018, it was a radio and television broadcaster serving in the Kansai region. On April 1, 2018, Asahi Radio Broadcasting Corporation[b] took over radio broadcasting business, and Asahi Television Broadcasting Corporation[c] took over TV broadcasting business, employees, and administrator for ABC website.


  • March 15, 1951 - Asahi Broadcasting Corporation was founded in Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka. ABC started AM radio broadcasting on November 11 (1010 kHz).
  • May 25, 1955 - ABC and New Japan Broadcasting Company (NJB, the predecessor of Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.) founded Osaka Television Co., Ltd. (大阪テレビ放送株式会社, Ōsaka Terebi Hōsō Kabushiki-gaisha, OTV) in Dojima, Kita-ku, Osaka. Currently, ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Osaka is located at the place the head office of OTV used to be.
  • December 1, 1956 - OTV started television broadcasting on channel 6, under the callsign JOBX-TV (not to be confused with Oita Asahi Broadcasting which currently uses the JOBX callsign). The station was a primary KRT (TBS) affiliate with a secondary NTV affiliation.
  • 1958 - NTV programming was dropped with the launch of Yomiuri Television.
  • March 1, 1959 - ABC acquired OTV and renamed the television station ABC Osaka Television (朝日放送大阪テレビ, Asahi Hōsō Ōsaka Terebi, ABC-OTV) and its callsign of TV station was changed (JOBX-TV → JONR-TV).
  • June 1, 1959 - ABC merged with OTV, and has been broadcasting both television and radio since then. The head office of OTV was named "ABC Dojima Station" for the use of the TV station.
  • May 2, 1965 - ABC joined Japan Radio Network (JRN), and the next day it also joined another commercial radio network National Radio Network (NRN).
  • 1966 - Dispersed offices and studios were integrated into the headquarters building in Oyodo-minami, Oyodo-ku (present: Kita-ku), Osaka.
  • March 31, 1975 - ABC pulled out of JNN and joined All-Nippon News Network (ANN) on behalf of Asahi Shimbun, one of major shareholders of ABC. ABC was one of founders of Japan News Network (JNN), the first news network of commercial television stations in Japan.
  • November 23, 1978 - The frequency of ABC AM radio changed from 1010 kHz to 1008 kHz.
  • March 23, 2001 - ABC acquired ISO 14001 certification, the first broadcaster in Japan to do so.
  • January 1, 2008 - The ABC logo was redesigned, featuring the call letters ABC and the name "Asahi Broadcasting Corporation", "朝日放送", "Radio", or "TV" under the slope line from the letter "C". A simplified version (only three latters of "ABC") is used in program credits. The current advertising slogan of the station, Info Designing ABC, was also launched.
  • May 19, 2008 - ABC moved the headquarters from Oyodo-minami Nichome, Kita-ku to Fukushima Itchome, Fukushima-ku, Osaka.
  • June 23, 2008 - ABC started broadcasting from its present headquarters.
  • July 24, 2011 - Analog television operations ended on ABC at noon before a baseball game. The station now broadcasts in digital only.
  • April 1, 2018 - ABC became certified broadcasting holding company and renamed Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Corporation. Asahi Radio Broadcasting Corporation took over radio broadcasting business, and Asahi Television Broadcasting Corporation took over TV broadcasting business, employees, and administrator for ABC website.

Network affiliations


City Osaka
Broadcast area Kansai region
Frequency 1008 kHz; 93.3 MHz
Branding ABC Radio 1008 (ABCラジオ1008, ABC Rajio ichi maru maru hachi)
Language(s) Japanese
Format Talk, Sports
Affiliations JRN
Owner Asahi Radio Broadcasting Corporation
First air date
November 11, 1951 (1951-11-11)
Former frequencies
1951-1978: 1010 kHz
Technical information
Power 50 kW
Webcast radiko, Ustream


Osaka, Kansai region
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF, 2003-)
Virtual: 6
Branding ABC
Affiliations ANN
Owner Asahi Television Broadcasting Corporation
Founded May 25, 1955
First air date
December 1, 1956
Former call signs
1956-1959: JOBX-TV
1959-2011: JONR-TV
2003-2018: JONR-DTV
Former channel number(s)
6 (VHF) (1956-2011)
JNN (1956-1975)
Technical information
Licensing authority
ERP 23 kW




  • Osaka::1008 kHz, 50 kW; 93.3 MHz FM
  • Kyoto:1008 kHz, 300 W
  • Total:50.3 kW
  • Time: from 4:30 a.m. on Monday until 2:30 a.m. on Monday (24-hour operation)
  • Time signal: 523.251 Hz (C5)

TV (Analog)

JONR-TV (former callsign: JOBX-TV)
  • Channel 6

TV (Digital)

JOAY-DTV (former callsign: JONR-DTV)
  • Channel 15 (Remote controller button: 6)


See also