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Type Cable television network
Country South Korea
Availability South Korea,Worldwide
Slogan Your colorful pleasure JTBC
Owner The Joongang Group (25%)
DY Asset (5.92%)
JoongAng Ilbo (5%)
TV Asahi 3.08%
Turner Asia Pacific Venture (2.64%)
Key people

Kim Su-gil (President) Hong Jeong-do (CEO)

Sohn Suk-hee (President, JTBC News Division)
Launch date
1 December 2011; 6 years ago (2011-12-01) (cable)
Official website
jtbc.joins.com (in Korean)
Korean name
Hanja 제이티비씨
Revised Romanization Jusikhoesa Jeitibissi
McCune–Reischauer Chusikhoesa Cheit'ipissi

JTBC (Hangul제이티비씨, stylized as jtbc) is a South Korean subscription network and broadcasting company, in which the largest shareholder is JoongAng Ilbo[1]/The JoongAng Group with 25% of shares.[2] It was launched on 1 December 2011.[3]

JTBC is one of four new South Korean nationwide generalist cable TV networks alongside Dong-A Ilbo's Channel A, Chosun Ilbo's TV Chosun and Maeil Kyungje's MBN in 2011.[4][5][6][7][8] The four new networks supplement existing conventional free-to-air TV networks like KBS, MBC, SBS and other smaller channels launched following deregulation in 1990.


The JoongAng Ilbo, which used to be a part of the Samsung Group, had owned a TV station before. In 1964 it founded the Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) and ran the network for 16 years. In 1980, however TBC was forcibly merged with the state-run KBS by the military regime of Chun Doo-hwan. Market watchers see the return of JoongAng Ilbo to television in JTBC as the reincarnation of TBC.[9]


  • 26 June 1964: Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation was launched.
  • 7 December 1964: TBC-TV Started broadcasting on channel 7.
  • 30 November 1980: TBC-TV merged with KBS Television by the special law of Chun Doo-hwan, president of military authorities, resulting in the launching of KBS 2TV.
  • 22 July 2009: Amendment of the Media law passed the national assembly to deregulate the media market of South Korea.
  • 31 December 2010: JTBC, TV Chosun, MBN, Channel A selected as General Cable Television Channel Broadcasters.
  • 11 March 2011: JoongAng Ilbo established JTBC corporation.[10]
  • 1 December 2011: JTBC (Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company) (Channel number 15) started broadcasting.[11]
  • May 2013: Former MBC news anchor Sohn Suk-hee was designated as JTBC's new president for its news division.[12]
  • January 2015: JTBC constructs a new building in Digital Media City in Sangam-dong, Seoul.



Name Description
JTBC Plus Operates the JTBC's specialty cable channels, JTBC2, JTBC3 Fox Sports, JTBC4,JTBC Zee TV, and JTBC Golf
JTBC MediaTech
JMNet Media Support Center
Drama House Provides in-house drama production
JTBC Mediacomm Conducts broadcast advertising sales on behalf of JTBC, JTBC Plus and Baduk TV

See also


  1. ^ 종편-제이티비씨 "중앙미디어네트워크가 최대 주주인 제이티비씨"
  2. ^ 종편 주주 현황 어떻게 - 경향신문 "이에 따르면 중앙일보가 참여하는 '제이티비씨'는 납입자본금이 4220억원으로 가장 많고 중앙미디어네트워크가 최대 주주로 지분 25%를 보유하고 있다."
  3. ^ Shin Hae-in (30 November 2011). "New cable channels go on air". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  4. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (12 December 2011). "What else can new channels do to boost ratings?". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  5. ^ Noh Hyun-gi (4 January 2012). "Four new TV channels face uncertain futures". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  6. ^ Yoon Ja-young (20 January 2012). "Low ratings weigh on new channels". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  7. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (6 June 2012). "New channels remain 'anonymous'". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  8. ^ Bae Ji-sook (29 November 2012). "'New TV channels are niche, not gold mine'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  9. ^ Four New TV Broadcasting Networks Debut in S. Korea "New broadcast channel JTBC is actually the reincarnation of the Samsung group’s Tongyang Broadcasting Company, the nation’s first private broadcaster."
  10. ^ [1] Archived 2015-12-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "A fresh start by JTBC". Korea JoongAng Daily. 7 December 2011. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  12. ^ Kim Hee-jin; Han Eun-hwa (11 May 2013). "JTBC chooses news chief". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-23.

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