Tokyo Broadcasting System

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TBS Holdings, Inc.
Native name
Romanized name
Kabushiki gaisha TBS Hōrudingusu
  • 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
Founded17 May 1951(72 years ago) (1951-05-17) in Tokyo, Japan
HeadquartersTBS Broadcasting Center, Akasaka 5-chome, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
RevenueDecrease2.svg¥342,754 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Increase2.svg¥7,705 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Increase2.svg¥103 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total assets Decrease2.svg¥593,023 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Total equity Decrease2.svg¥344,658 million (consolidated, March 2011)
Owner MTBJ investment trusts (10.4%; 5.3% managed for Dentsu (largest shareholder))
MBS Media Holdings (5%)
SMBC (3.2%)
Mitsui Fudosan (3.1%)
NTT (3.1%)
Number of employees
Subsidiaries TBS Television, Inc.
others, see TBS Group

TBS Holdings, Inc., [lower-alpha 1] formerly Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc., [lower-alpha 2] is a Japanese media and licensed broadcasting holding company. It is the parent company of the television network TBS Television, Inc. (株式会社TBSテレビ, abbreviated to TBS) and radio network TBS Radio, Inc. (株式会社TBSラジオ). It has a 28-affiliate television 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.

TBS is a member of the Mitsui keiretsu and has substantial relations with The Mainichi Newspapers Co. despite the Mainichi's lack of shareholding.[ citation needed ]


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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 [ citation needed ]



Broadcasting rights





Multi-sport events



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

Anime programming


Sakamoto family murders

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


  1. 株式会社TBSホールディングス, Kabushiki gaisha TBS Hōrudingusu
  2. 株式会社東京放送ホールディングス, Kabushiki-gaisha Tōkyō Hōsō Hōrudingusu
  3. 株式会社東京放送, TBS

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