NHK General TV (NHK総合テレビジョン NHK Sōgō Terebijon) is the main television service of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). It shows news, drama, quiz/variety shows, music, sports, anime and specials which directly compete with its commercial counterparts. It is well known for its nightly newscasts, regular documentary specials and popular historical dramas. Among the programs NHK General TV broadcasts are the annual New Year's Eve spectacular Kōhaku Uta Gassen, the year-long Taiga drama, and the daytime Asadora.
The name in Japanese is often abbreviated Sōgō Terebi (総合テレビ). Also "GTV" and "NHK G" are used. The word Sōgō is added for distinction to the official name without it, often to differentiate itself from NHK Educational TV and NHK BS Premium.
The NHK programs are composed based on the Japan Broadcasting Corporation Broadcasting Code.
NHK was the only television channel in Japan until the launch of Nippon TV on August 28 of that year.
Places in bold refer to where the main station of each region is located.
(Ch.) means the number to select the channel by a remote control.
|Region||Station (name in Kanji)||Analog (only Analog TV closed)||Digital||Prefecture|
|FM||Radio 1||General TV|
|Call sign||Ch.||(Ch.)||Call sign|
|Hokkaidō||Sapporo (札幌)||JOIK-FM||JOIK||JOIK-TV||3||(3)||JOIK-DTV||Ishikari-Shiribeshi-Sorachi Subpref.|
|Hakodate (函館)||JOVK-FM||JOVK||JOVK-TV||4||(3)||Oshima-Hiyama Subpref.|
|Asahikawa (旭川)||JOCG-FM||JOCG||JOCG-TV||9||(3)||Kamikawa-Rumoi-Sōya Subpref.|
|Obihiro (帯広)||JOOG-FM||JOOG||JOOG-TV||4||(3)||Tokachi Subpref.|
|Kushiro (釧路)||JOPG-FM||JOPG||JOPG-TV||9||(3)||Kushiro-Nemuro Subpref.|
|Kitami (北見)||JOKP-FM||JOKP||JOKP-TV||3||(3)||Abashiri Subpref.|
|Muroran (室蘭)||JOIQ-FM||JOIQ||JOIQ-TV||9||(3)||Iburi-Hidaka Subpref.|
|Hikone (彦根) sub. of Ōtsu||--||JOQP||--||--||--||--|
|Kyūshū-Okinawa||Fukuoka (福岡)||JOLK-FM||JOLK||JOLK-TV||3||(3)||JOLK-DTV||Nishifukuoka (city of Fukuoka, etc.)|
|Kitakyūshū (北九州)||JOSK-FM||JOSK||JOSK-TV||6||(3)||JOSK-DTV||Higashifukuoka (city of Kitakyūshū, etc.)|
JIB TV is a Japanese television company in the Japanese NHK Group, which since 2009 produces English-language programs about Japan and Asia for an international audience. The programs will be shown all over the world through the English channel NHK World from the Japanese public service broadcaster NHK, as well as via the player through the JIB TV's website. NHK World TV and production company Jib was started in 2009 with the purpose of disseminating information, knowledge of Japanese and Asian culture and as a counterweight to channels such as CNN International and BBC World.
Japan International Broadcasting Company owns 60 percent of the public service company NHK and to 40 percent of businesses with stakeholders such as Microsoft and Japanese bank Mizuho. Operations are financed for the most part by the Japanese TV license payers but also by external sponsors and advertisers. Broadcasts reach the Scandinavian countries via Astra and Eutelsat satellites. The aim is that in future also be distributed via leading cable and IPTV operators.
In order to release capital NHK moved money from radio to TV. One consequence was that the Swedish, German and Italian departments of foreign channel Radio Japan were shut down in autumn 2007.