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Tokyo Broadcasting System
Logo used since 1 April 2020
Headquarters of TBS Holdings in Minato, Tokyo
|Kabushiki gaisha TBS Hōrudingusu|
|Founded||Tokyo, Japan (17 May 1951 (1951-05-17))|
|Headquarters||TBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka 5-chome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan|
|Revenue||¥342,754 million (consolidated, March 2011)|
|¥7,705 million (consolidated, March 2011)|
|¥103 million (consolidated, March 2011)|
|Total assets||¥593,023 million (consolidated, March 2011)|
|Total equity||¥344,658 million (consolidated, March 2011)|
|Owner||TMTBJ investment trusts (10.4%; 5.3% managed for Dentsu (largest shareholder))
MBS Media Holdings (5%)
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
others, see TBS Group
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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Below is a selection of the many programs that the network has broadcast.
- Kinniku Banzuke (筋肉番付, Unbeatable Banzuke in America) a former obstacle based game show that inspired Sasuke
- Sasuke (American Ninja Warrior in the United States) an obstacle course based game show that was originally part of Kinniku Banzuke
- Kunoichi Sasuke's female counterpart
- All Star Thanksgiving Festival (オールスター感謝祭) (Spring/Fall)
- The Best Ten (ザ・ベストテン) (1978-1989)
- Another World (もう一つの世界)
- Days of Our Lives (私たちの生活の日々)
- Passions (情熱)
- Music Television
- Quiz ¥20,000,000 Money Drop (2000万円クイズ！マネードロップ)
- Santa Barbara (サンタバーバラ)
- Sunset Beach (サンセットビーチ)
- Mino Monta Asa Zuba! (みのもんたの朝ズバッ!!)
- Sanma's Super Karakuri-TV (さんまのスーパーからくりTV)
- Tokyo Friend Park II (関口宏の東京フレンドパークII)
- Count Down TV
- The World Heritage (THE 世界遺産)
- Dragon Zakura (ドラゴン桜)
- Princess Resurrection
- Japan Request Awards (発表!日本有線大賞)
- Japan Record Awards (輝く!日本レコード大賞)
- Tokyo Music Festival (東京音楽祭)
- Food Battle Club
- It's 8 o'clock! Everyone's Gathered (８時だｮ！全員集合) (1969-1985)
- Takeshi's Castle (風雲!たけし城)
- Newscope (ニュースコープ) → JNN Evening News (JNNニュースの森) → Evening 5 (イブニング・ファイブ) → THE NEWS (総力報道! THE NEWS) → N Studio (Nスタ)
- Karei-naru Ichizoku' (華麗なる一族) - TBS 55th anniversary drama starring Takuya Kimura (SMAP)
- Lincoln (リンカーン)
- Utaban (うたばん) → The Music Hour (ザ・ミュージックアワー)
- Samurai Baseball (侍プロ野球) - baseball games
- Masters Tournament
- Quiz Derby
- We asked 100 people (クイズ100人に聞きました) (1979-1992)
- Toray Pan Pacific Open
- FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship, FIVB Volleyball World League
- IAAF World Championships in Athletics (since 1997, IAAF Official Broadcaster)
- Happy family plan (しあわせ家族計画)
- Survivor (サバイバー)
- Ah, You're really Gone Now. This TV film was selected at the 49ème Festival de télévision de Monte-Carlo in Monte-Carlo in June 2009. It obtained the special commendation of the SIGNIS Jury.
- Hiroshima Showa 20 nen 8 Gatsu Muika (2005)
- Japanese Americans (2010)
- 南極大陸～神の領域に挑んだ男と犬の物語～ (2011)
- Ginayon (1985-2012 (present))
- Produce 101 Japan (2019)
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.
- Hobankyo - Organization based in Japan that enforces TBS copyright issues.
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