Nippon Television Network Corporation (日本テレビ放送網株式会社, Nippon Terebi Hōsōmō Kabushiki-gaisha), doing business as Nippon TV, is a television network based in the Shiodome area of Minato, Tokyo, Japan and is controlled by the Yomiuri Shimbun publishing company. Broadcasting terrestrially across Japan, the network is commonly known as Nihon Terebi (日本テレビ), contracted to Nittere (日テレ), and abbreviated as "NTV" or "AX".

History of Nippon Television

  • July 1952: Nippon TV is granted the first TV broadcasting license in Japan The founder of this tv belong from japan his name is [Takayanagi.][2]
  • October 28, 1952: Nippon Television Network Corporation is established.[3]
  • August 28, 1953: Nippon Television signs on as Asia’s first commercial TV station with an animated dove spreading its wings (similar to NBC’s peacock logo introduced three years later). Japan’s first television commercial (for Seikosha clocks) is also aired.[3]
  • December 1958: NTV introduces videotape recording in a one-off drama series using RCA 2-inch quad tape.
  • December 3, 1959: NTV airs Japan’s first color VTR broadcast, Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall from NBC.
  • September 10, 1960: NTV is given the right to broadcast color television.[2]
  • November 22, 1963: Using a communication satellite relay, NTV conducts the first black-and-white TV transmission experiment between Japan and the United States during coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
  • April 1, 1966: Nippon News Network (NNN) is formed.
  • July 1, 1966: The Beatles’ concert at the Nippon Budokan, part of their Japanese tour, was shown in color on NTV (prerecorded on tape), with the viewing rate reaching 56 percent.
  • 1967: NTV’s New York City bureau is opened. Overseas news is broadcast via satellite relay from a special studio set up within NBC.
  • October 9, 1969: Matsutaro Shoriki, the founder of NTV, dies.
  • 1972: Nippon Television Network System (NNS) is formed.
  • January 14, 1973: NTV airs the live satellite relay in Japan for Elvis Presley’s show in Hawaii.
  • 1973: NTV enters into an agreement with ABC News in the U.S. for newscasts and satellite relays.
  • 1974: NTV's London News Bureau opens.
  • October 8 & 15, 1975: The classic film Gone with the Wind makes its world television premiere on NTV (Part I on the 8th, Part II on the 15th), about 13 months before NBC airs the film in the U.S.
  • March 5, 1979: Zoom! Morning! (jp:ズームイン!!朝!) airs for the first time.
  • December 1982: Multichannel television sound broadcasting begins.
  • 1985: NTV completes its own television studio in New York City, which is later sold to CBS.
  • October 1987: A recording of Michael Jackson’s concert at Yokohama Stadium is broadcast in Japan.
  • 1987: NTV's cable news channel, NCN, is launched.[2]
  • August 24, 1989: Broadcasting in enhanced definition begins.
  • 1989: Completion of the Ikuta Studio).
  • 1993: Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, Inc. designs Nippon Television's mascot character Nandarō (なんだろう, lit. What Is It?) to commemorate the channel's 40th Anniversary.[2]
  • July 13, 1995: Broadcasting in widescreen EDTV begins.
  • April 1998 NCN relaunches as 24-hour news channel, NNN24, available via cable (within Japan) and satellite (in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan).
  • July 2003: The internal network name changes (日テレ, Nippon Television), however "NTV" is still used for overseas as the same font as "日テレ".
  • February 29, 2004: Nippon TV moves its headquarters from Kojimachi to Shiodome. Regular high-definition production begins.
  • 2011: Nittele becomes the top broadcaster in Japan, beating the previous record-holder Fuji Television.[4] NTV's victory was propelled by high ratings of its Wednesday nightly drama Kaseifu no Mita.
  • April 26, 2012: Nippon Television Network Preparatory Corporation is founded.
  • October 1, 2012: Nippon Television Network Corporation (first) transitions to a certified broadcasting holding company, Nippon Television Holdings, Inc., and Nippon Television Network Preparatory Corporation is renamed Nippon Television Network Corporation (second).
  • February 1–2, 2013: NTV and NHK General TV (which is also celebrating its own 60th year) collaborate for a two-day TV special.
  • January 2014: English name changed from Nippon Television to Nippon TV.
  • February 27, 2014: Nippon TV acquires Hulu service in Japan (HJ Holdings LLC).[23][24]

Publicity events

On March 9, 1984, Dan Goodwin, aka Spider Dan, Skyscraperman, in a paid publicity event, used suction cups to climb the 10 floor Nippon Television Kojimachi Annex in Chiyoda.[5]

Cultural projects

1980s : The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City was cleaned with NTV's financial help. (see also:Restoration of the Sistine Chapel frescoes)

April 2005 : The Mona Lisa Viewing Room at the Louvre, Paris, was completed. The renovation was sponsored by NTV.

July 2010 : The renovation of the exhibition area in the Louvre for Venus de Milo was also completed with the support of NTV.[7]

Shareholders

  • as of March 31, 2013[8]
  1. The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings: 14.6%
  2. Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation: 6.4%
  3. The Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo): 6.0%
  4. CBNY-ORBIS Funds: 3.8%
  5. Japan Trustee Services Bank, Ltd. (trust account): 3.8%
  6. Teikyo University: 3.7%
  7. CBNY-ORBIS SICAV: 3.5%
  8. State Street Bank & Trust Company: 3.0%
  9. NTT DoCoMo, Inc.: 3.0%
  10. The Master Trust Bank of Japan Ltd. (trust account): 2.7%

Broadcasting

Digital TV

  • Call sign: JOAX-DTV
  • Remote controller ID 4
  • Tokyo Skytree: Channel 25
  • Mito: Channel 14
  • Utsunomiya: Channel 34
  • Maebashi: Channel 33
  • Hiratsuka: Channel 25

Analog TV

Stopped analog TV on July 24, 2011.

  • Call sign: JOAX-TV
  • Tokyo Tower: Channel 4
  • Mito: Channel 42
  • Hitachi: Channel 54
  • Utsunomiya: Channel 53
  • Nikko: Channel 54
  • Maebashi: Channel 54
  • Kiryu: Channel 53
  • Numata: Channel 53
  • Hiratsuka: Channel 35

Network

Offices

TV programs

News

  • Zip! (morning news (5:20-8:00 [JST]))
  • News Every (evening news (16:53-19:00 [JST]))
  • News Zero (late-night news (22:54-23:57 [JST]))
  • NNN News 24 (24-hour news channel)

Drama

Variety

  • Family Wisdom of the Itos (伊東家の食卓): end
  • Question for one hundred million people!? Waratte Koraete! (1億人の大質問!?笑ってコラえて!)
  • Guruguru Ninety Nine (Gurunai, ぐるぐるナインティナイン, ぐるナイ)
  • Nazo o toke! Masaka no Mistery (謎を解け!まさかのミステリー): end
  • Sekaiichi Uketai Jugyo (世界一受けたい授業)
  • Magical Zunou Power!! (マジカル頭脳パワー!!): 1990-1999
  • Enta no Kamisama ~the god of Entertainment~ (エンタの神様 ~the god of Entertainment~)
  • Tokujo! Tensei Shingo (特上!天声慎吾): end
  • Sekai Marumie! TV Tokusoubu (世界まる見え!テレビ特捜部)
  • The! Tetsuwan! DASH!! (ザ!鉄腕!DASH!!)
  • Gyoretsu no dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo (行列の出来る法律相談所)
  • Dotch Cooking Show (どっちの料理ショー, Yomiuri Telecastiong Corp.): end
  • Shōten (笑点;the second longest running TV show in Japan, continuously broadcast since May 1966).
  • Gaki no tsukai (DownTown's Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!, ガキの使いやあらへんで!!)
  • Arashi no Shukudai-kun (嵐の宿題くん)
  • Cartoon KAT-TUN (カートゥンKAT-TUN, Kātūn Katūn?)
  • AKBingo!
  • Kyosen to Maetake no Geba Geba 90 pun (Gyosen x Maetake's Geba Geba 90 minutes 巨泉×前武ゲバゲバ90分!)
  • Karikyura Mashin (Curriculumachine カリキュラマシーン)
  • Music Lovers
  • God Of Music (音楽の神様)

Sport

Special TV programs

  • Kin-chan and Shingo Katori's All Japan Costume Grand Prix (欽ちゃん&香取慎吾の全日本仮装大賞)
  • 24 Hour Television, Love Saves the Earth (24時間テレビ「愛は地球を救う」, annual telethon on the TV stations of NNS)
  • Trans America Ultra Quiz (アメリカ横断ウルトラクイズ)
    • All Japan High School Quiz Championship (全国高等学校クイズ選手権)
  • Nippon Television Music Festival (日本テレビ音楽祭)

Animation

The company has intimate connections with Studio Ghibli, led by Hayao Miyazaki, and holds the exclusive rights to broadcast their motion pictures. It has also produced and broadcast popular anime series like Claymore, Death Note, Hajime no Ippo, as well as Detective Conan and Inuyasha (which are produced through its Osaka affiliate, Yomiuri TV). NTV produced the first, unsuccessful Doraemon anime in 1973; when the second, more successful Doraemon series premiered in 1979, it was on TV Asahi, which remains the franchise's broadcaster to this day. As of now, NTV is currently producing a second anime adaptation of Hunter × Hunter. NTV has also been broadcasting the yearly Lupin III TV specials since 1989, which they co-produce with TMS Entertainment. Nippon Television announced on February 8, 2011, that it would make the anime studio Madhouse its subsidiary after becoming the primary stockholder at about 85%, via a third-party allocation of shares for about 1 billion yen (about US$12 million).[9][10]

On January 29, 2014, Nippon Television announced that it will purchase a 54.3% stake in Tatsunoko Production and adopt the studio as a subsidiary.[11][12]

See also