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|Kojimachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo|
|Channels|| Digital: 16 (UHF)|
|Affiliations||Independent (member of JAITS)|
|Owner||Tokyo Metropolitan Television Broadcasting Corporation|
|Founded||April 30, 1993|
First air date
|November 1, 1995|
Former channel number(s)
14 (UHF, 1995–2011)
20 (UHF, 2003–2013)
Call sign meaning
|ERP||3 kW (11.5 kW ERP)|
JOMX-DTV, branded as Tokyo MX (officially stylized as TOKYO MX), is an independent television station in Tokyo, Japan, owned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Television Broadcasting Corporation. It is the only television station that exclusively serves the city. It competes with Nippon TV, TV Asahi, NHK General TV, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, TV Tokyo, and Fuji TV, 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 Dai-Ichi Kangyo 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.
Tokyo MX shut down its analog broadcasts on July 24, 2011. It launched transmissions from the Tokyo Skytree on August 27, 2012, and stopped transmissions from the Tokyo Tower on May 12, 2013.
A second channel, Tokyo MX2, began broadcasting in April 2014. The channel operates on the second sub-channel of Tokyo MX1 and is primarily dedicated to alternative programming.
The station celebrated its 20th anniversary on November 1, 2015.
Tokyo MX is known to air most late-night anime. Previously, the station only aired anime classics such as Heidi, Girl of the Alps and Touch . When the affiliate stations of major Japanese networks serving the Kantō region started airing less late-night anime in 2006, the station discovered that such anime would give them more ratings, and started airing them in October. On weekday evenings, the Pretty Cure series, which airs on TV Asahi, aired in reruns on Tokyo MX. Since then, the station has aired many hits including the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Broken Blade , the Love Live! series, Attack on Titan and Dr. Stone . The station has also gone to air reruns of other popular anime such as Dragon Ball and Gundam . As Tokyo MX serves only Tokyo, their anime programming air elsewhere in Japan on member stations of the Japanese Association of Independent Television Stations (including KBS Kyoto, Television Kanagawa, Gunma Television, Sun Television and Television Saitama) which MX is a member of, the JNN/TBS Kansai affiliate MBS or sometimes ANN/TV Asahi Kansai affiliate Asahi Broadcasting Corporation.
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