TBS Radio continues to rule the airwaves in the Tokyo metropolitan area, where it has held the top audience rating for 16 consecutive years since August 2001. The weekday morning variety programs Hikaru Ijuin and Radio and... from Mondays to Thursdays and Hayato Arima and Radio and Mami Yamase and... on Fridays - two new shows that replaced the program Yuri Osawa had hosted for 30 years until April 2016 - both recorded the highest ratings in their slot. Jane Su - Life is a Dance, a morning program that airs from Mondays to Fridays, also performed well, attracting the second-highest rating in its time slot.
TBS Radio also dominates the night. JUNK, which airs from 1 a.m. on weekdays and is hosted in rotation by Hikaru Ijuin, Ryota Yamasato, and the comedy duos Bakusho Mondai, Ogiyahagi, and Bananaman, holds the largest audience in the wee hours every day. Whatever the time, we are the undisputed king of radio in the metropolitan area.
In July, we broadcast a special program to mark one year since the death of Rokusuke Ei, who hosted a number of TBS Radio programs over a distinguished career spanning some 50 years. We have also released CDs containing classic episodes from his programs.
In October 2016, our “radiko” Internet Protocol radio broadcasts launched a service in which users could listen to the past week’s programs at any time, and a feature in which they could post program segments they enjoyed on social media to share them with friends and acquaintances. In January, we started our free “TBS RADIO CLOUD” app, which lets users listen to our music content when and where they like.
We will continue our efforts to make TBS Radio the preferred choice of listeners in Tokyo.