The History of TBS

YearMonthTBS's Activities
1951MayEstablishment of Radio Tokyo, Inc.
-DecemberLaunch of radio broadcasting
1955AprilLaunch of television broadcasting
1959AprilLive broadcast of the imperial wedding parade
-AugustFormation of Japan News Network (JNN)
-DecemberLaunch of Japan Record Awards
-NovemberCompany name changes to Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS)
1960SeptemberLaunch of color TV broadcasting
-NovemberCompany name changes to Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS)
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1963NovemberBroadcast of coverage of Kennedy assassination (TBS's first live satellite broadcast)
1964OctoberLive broadcast of Tokyo Olympics
1965MayFormation of Japan Radio Network (JRN)
1969JulyBroadcast of Apollo 11 moon landing
-AugustLaunch of TV drama Mitokomon: The Shogun's Uncle
-OctoberLaunch of Come on! It's 8 PM
1981OctoberFirst broadcast of Beijing Marathon
1986MayLaunch of Takeshi's Castle
1990OctoberLaunch of Sugako Hashida's TV drama Relentlessness is Found Everywhere
-DecemberTBS journalist Toyohiro Akiyama becomes Japan�s first cosmonaut
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1991NovemberTV documentary The Great Wall commemorates TBS's 40th anniversary
1994AprilWork completed on TBS Broadcasting Center
1995AprilEstablishment of TBS website
1998FebruaryBroadcast of Nagano Winter Olympics
-AprilLaunch of 24-hour satellite news broadcasting (JNN News Bird)
-NovemberBroadcast of Town Hall Meeting with U.S. President Clinton on News 23
2000OctoberBroadcast of Town Hall Meeting with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji
-DecemberLaunch of digital satellite broadcasting (BS-i)
2001OctoberSubsidiary TBS Radio & Communications, Inc. begins operations
2002 February Broadcast of Friends, first dramatic TV film co-produced by Japanese and Korean broadcasters
- July Launch of satellite broadcasting (C-TBS)
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2003JuneBroadcast of Town Hall Meeting with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun
-DecemberLaunch of digital terrestrial broadcasting
2004OctoberEstablishment of Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.
2005AugustBroadcast of the special drama production Hiroshima: August 6, 1945 on the 50th anniversary of TBS television broadcasting
2006AprilLaunch of One Segment mobile TV broadcasting
2007AprilLaunch of new digital radio station OTTAVA
-AugustHost broadcaster of the 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics-Osaka
2008MarchOpening of multipurpose complex akasaka Sacas
-AprilBroadcast of Town Hall Meeting with Korean President Lee Myung-bak
2009FebruaryDepartures wins Best Foreign Language Film at 2009 Academy Awards
-AprilTBS becomes a certified broadcast holding company, changing its name to Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc.
2010JuneThe rating for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Japan vs. Paraguay match averaged 57.3%, the highest in TBS's entire history
2011MarchExtensive news coverage of the Great East Japan Earthquake and its aftermath
-JuneA School Behind Bars wins three awards at Monte-Carlo Television Festival
-JulyTransition from analog to digital terrestrial television broadcasting
2013SeptemberSeason finale of NAOKI HANZAWA marks 42.2%, Japan’s highest drama ratings this century
2015AprilTBS celebrates its 60th anniversary of television broadcasting
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