Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc heads TBS Group, which consists of TBS Television, TBS Radio and Communications, BS-TBS and other subsidiary companies. In 2011, TBS celebrated its 60th anniversary. TBS is one of the leading commercial broadcasters in Japan. Together with 27 TV and 33 Radio affiliates, TBS programmes are being enjoyed in every corner of the nation.
TBS was established in 1951 as Radio Tokyo, and launched a television service in 1955. Today, TBS provides DTV, mobile, three satellite channels, AM radio. TBS, for long, won its fame for drama and news. As we enter the digital era, we now enjoy the reputation of being a leading content creator.
Drama ‘Hanzawa Naoki’ became a mega hit during 2013. Drama ‘A School Behind Bars’ won three prestigious awards at the 2011 Monte-Carlo TV Festival, and TBS-produced film ‘Departure’ won the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2009 Academy Awards. In News, TBS covered the 3.11 Earthquake thoroughly not only through broadcast, but also the Internet to deliver important information to the people. TBS has successfully invited world leaders to our studio for ‘The Town Hall Meeting’. Many of its entertainment show formats are exported, having success abroad, such as ‘Takeshi’s Castle’ and ‘SASUKE’. TBS is active in international co-productions, such as the Japan-Korea drama ‘Friends’ and recent production with Singapore and Vietnam.
TBS is located in the heart of Tokyo, Akasaka. We have our own theatre and a live house adjacent to our broadcast centre, forming a multipurpose entertainment complex known as ‘akasakasacas’. TBS aims to become not only the best broadcaster but also an overall entertainment group in Japan.