Tokyo Broadcasting System

TBS Holdings, Inc.
TBS, TBSHD
Native name
株式会社TBSホールディングス
Romanized name
Kabushiki gaisha TBS Hōrudingusu
Formerly
  • Radio Tokyo
  • Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc. (株式会社東京放送) until end of FY 2008
  • Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. (2009–2020)
Type Public KK
TYO: 9401
Industry Information, Communication
Founded Tokyo, Japan (17 May 1951; 69 years ago (1951-05-17))
Headquarters TBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka 5-chome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Worldwide
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 TMTBJ investment trusts (10.4%; 5.3% managed for Dentsu (largest shareholder))
MBS Media Holdings (5%)
SMBC (3.2%)
Number of employees
5,271
Subsidiaries Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
others, see TBS Group
Website http://www.tbsholdings.co.jp/

TBS Holdings, Inc.,[a] formerly Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.,[b] is a Japanese media and licensed broadcasting holding company. It is the parent company of the television network Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (株式会社TBSテレビ, abbreviated to TBS) and radio network TBS Radio & Communications, Inc. (株式会社TBSラジオ&コミュニケーションズ). It has a 28-affiliate news network called JNN (Japan News Network), as well as a 34-affiliate radio network called JRN (Japan Radio Network).

TBS produced the game show Takeshi's Castle and has also broadcast the Ultra Series programs, and Sasuke (Ninja Warrior), whose format would inspire similar programs outside Japan.

History

Former TBS logos used from August 1961 to December 1993, and from January 1994 to March 2020, both the same black-colored of the classic CBS logo.
  • 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.
  • August 1, 1959 - Japan News Network (JNN) is formed.
  • November 29, 1960 - KRT was renamed Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc.[c], and the headquarters and radio studio were moved to the main building in Akasaka.
  • August 1961 - TBS unveils the cursive logo, after the renaming of Tokyo Broadcasting System from KRT.
  • 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 and Kansai region.
  • 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.
  • September 20, 1991 - TBS enters into an agreement with CBS News in the U.S. for newscasts and satellite relays. Following a short-lived logo for 30 years.
  • October 3, 1994 - The present headquarters, TBS Broadcasting Center, were completed next to the old headquarters (later renamed as Akasaka Media Building until its demolition in 2003). They are called "Big Hat (ビッグハット)". Nine months after the third logo was unveiled.
  • 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 Inc. (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 Inc. (株式会社ティ・ビー・エス・エンタテインメント), and TBS Sports Inc. (株式会社ティ・ビー・エス・スポーツ), and founded TBS Live Inc. (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, Inc. (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.. 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 company.
  • March 11, 2011 - During the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, a long-time news special program was broadcast without commercials from the earthquake in three days.
  • 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]
  • April 1, 2016 - TBS Holdings subsidiary, TBS Radio and Communications renamed TBS Radio.
  • April 1, 2020 - Four months after the 2019 merger of CBS and Viacom, TBS Holdings and TV Asahi Holdings repartnered with CBS Entertainment Group via WarnerMedia Studios & Networks (inc. The CW, a limited liability joint venture between CBS and WarnerMedia), since CBS News and CNN partnered with JNN and ANN for 56 years. Following the fourth logo unveiled for 26 years.
  • October 1, 2020: Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. was renamed TBS Holdings, Inc., to commemorate 70th anniversary of the company.

Announcers

Programs

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

Anime programming

Violation of the protection of sources

TBS was accused of failing to protect its sources in October 1989, when it taped an interview with Tsutsumi Sakamoto regarding his investigations into the Aum Shinrikyo sect. The network secretly showed a video of the interview to Aum members without Sakamoto's knowledge. Aum officials then pressured TBS to cancel the planned broadcast of the interview, but Sakamoto, his wife and child were murdered by Aum members on 3 November.[3]

See also

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

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