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Type Cable television network
Country South Korea
Availability South Korea
Slogan Colorful JTBC
Owner Joongang Media Network (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)
Launch date
1 December 2011 (cable)
Official website
Korean name
Hangul 주식회사 제이티비씨
Hanja 株式會社 제이티비씨
Revised Romanization Jusikhoesa Jeitibissi
McCune–Reischauer Chushikhoesa Jeitibissi
Country South Korea
Broadcast area Nationwide
SkyLife Channel 15 (HD)
Available on most South Korean cable systems Check local listings for details
B TV Channel 15 (HD)
U+ TV Channel 15 (HD)
Olleh TV Channel 15 (HD)
Streaming media
KOREALIVE Click on JTBC 채널15
K Live Stream JTBC

JTBC (Hangul: 제이티비씨) is a South Korean nationwide general cable TV network and broadcasting company, in which the largest shareholder is JoongAng Ilbo[1]/JoongAng Media Network with 25% of shares.[2] It was launched on December 1, 2011.[3]

JTBC is one of four new South Korean nationwide general 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.


  • History 1
  • Programs 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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 1965 : Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation was launched.
  • 7 December 1965 : TBC-TV Started broadcasting on channel number 7.
  • 30 November 1980 : TBC-TV merged into KBS Television by the special law of Chun Doo-hwan, president of military authorities, resulting in the launching of KBS 2TV.
  • 22 October 1987 : JoongAng Ilbo established JTBC corporation.
  • 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.
  • 1 December 2011 : JTBC (Channel number 15) started broadcasting.[10]
  • 2013 : JTBC constructs a new building in Digital Media City in Sangam-dong, Seoul.
  • May 2013 : Former MBC news anchor Sohn Suk-hee was designated as JTBC's new president for its news division.[11]


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".  
  4. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (12 December 2011). "What else can new channels do to boost ratings?".  
  5. ^ Noh Hyun-gi (4 January 2012). "Four new TV channels face uncertain futures".  
  6. ^ Yoon Ja-young (20 January 2012). "Low ratings weigh on new channels".  
  7. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (6 June 2012). "'"New channels remain 'anonymous.  
  8. ^ Bae Ji-sook (29 November 2012). "'New TV channels are niche, not gold mine'".  
  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. ^ "A fresh start by JTBC".  
  11. ^ Kim Hee-jin; Han Eun-hwa (11 May 2013). "JTBC chooses news chief".  

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