JTBC (Korean제이티비씨; an abbreviation for Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company; stylized as jtbc) is a South Korean nationwide pay television network, in which its largest shareholder is JoongAng Ilbo[1]/The JoongAng Group with 25% of shares.[2] It was launched on 1 December 2011.[3] A generalist channel, its programming consists of television series, variety shows, and news broadcasting, in which its news division has established itself at the same reputation level as the news division of the three main terrestrial networks in South Korea.

Founded21 March 2011; 10 years ago (2011-03-21)
48-6, Sangamsan-ro, Mapo District, Seoul
South Korea
Area served
South Korea
Key people
  • Hong Jeong-do (President and CEO)
  • Sohn Suk-hee (President and CEO)
OwnerJoongAng Holdings Ltd. (25%)
DY Asset (5.92%)
JoongAng Ilbo (4.99%)
TV Asahi (3.08%)
WarnerMedia through Turner Asia Pacific Ventures (2.64%)
S&T Dynamics (2.37%)
Sungwoo Hitech (2.37%)
Sungbo Cultural Foundation (1.18%)
Daehan Steel (1.18%)
Ace Bed Co. (1.18%)
Hanssem Co. (1.18%)
SubsidiariesJTBC Studios
JTBC Mediacomm
JTBC Mediatech
Websitejtbc.joins.com (in Korean)
CountrySouth Korea
Broadcast areaSouth Korea, Worldwide
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Launched1 December 2011; 9 years ago (2011-12-01) (cable)
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
SkyLifeChannel 4 (HD)
B TVChannel 15 (HD)
U+ TVChannel 15 (HD)
Olleh TVChannel 15 (HD)
Streaming media
JTBC On airWatch live
(Korea region only)

JTBC was 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 launch in 2011,[4][5][6][7][8] to serve as supplementary networks to the 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, 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. At its founding in 2011 some media analysts considered 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.
  • It was a response of the South Korean government to the Cho-Joong-Dong (Chosun Ilbo, JoongAng Ilbo, and Dong-A Ilbo) ,who were the major media conglomerates, aim to launch the cable market.[10]
  • 31 December 2010: JTBC, TV Chosun, MBN, Channel A selected as General Cable Television Channel Broadcasters.
  • 11 March 2011: JoongAng Ilbo established JTBC corporation.[11]
  • 1 December 2011: JTBC (Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company) (Channel number 15) started broadcasting.[12]
  • May 2013: Former MBC news anchor Sohn Suk-hee was designated as JTBC's new president for its news division.[13]
  • January 2015: JTBC constructs a new building in Digital Media City in Sangam-dong, Seoul.
  • November 2018: Sohn Suk-hee is promoted to JTBC's President and CEO.[14]
  • June 2019: JTBC acquired the Korean rights to the Olympic Games from 2026 to 2032.[15]
  • April 2020: JTBC moves their newscasts to Creation Hall, starting with JTBC Newsroom, with its other programs following suit on 18 May.[16]


Currently airing TV series
Airtime Program Original title Start date
Wednesday and Thursday at 21:00 (KST) Reflection of You 너를 닮은 사람 October 13, 2021
Saturday and Sunday at 22:30 (KST) Lost 인간실격 September 4, 2021


Currently airing entertainment shows
Airtime Program Original title Start date
Monday at 22:30 (KST) Long Live Independence 독립만세 February 22, 2021
Monday at 23:00 (KST) Veteran 위대한 배태랑 June 1, 2020
Tuesday at 23:00 (KST) Knowing Bros 아는 형님 December 5, 2015 (2015-12-05)
Wednesday at 23:00 (KST) There Is No House for Us in Seoul 서울엔 우리집이 없다 October 14, 2020 (2020-10-14)
Friday at 18:30 (KST) Movieroom 방구석1열 May 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)
Friday at 21:00 (KST) Delivery Song - Mysterious Record Shop 배달가요-신비한 레코드샵 January 22, 2021 (2021-01-22)
Saturday at 19:40 (KST) Normal Family 가장 보통의 가족 April 25, 2020 (2020-04-25)
Sunday at 19:40 (KST) Combine to Shoot 뭉쳐야 쏜다 February 7, 2021 (2021-02-07)
Sunday at 22:00 (KST) Don't be the First One! 1호가 될 순 없어 May 20, 2020 (2020-05-20)
Sunday at 23:00 (KST) The Gentleman's League 뭉쳐야 찬다 June 13, 2019 (2019-06-13)

Viewership ratingsEdit

  • The table below lists the top 10 dramas with the highest average audience share ratings (nationwide), corresponding episode with highest rating and the date.
Ranking Drama Episodes Highest AGB Nielsen
Nationwide Rating
Cable Channel
Ratings Ranking
Date Airing Period
1 The World of the Married 16 28.371% 1 2020.05.16 Fridays and Saturdays
2 SKY Castle 20 23.779% 2 2019.02.01 Fridays and Saturdays
3 Itaewon Class 16 16.548% 3 2020.03.21 Fridays and Saturdays
4 The Lady in Dignity 20 12.065% 4 2017.08.19 Fridays and Saturdays
5 The Light in Your Eyes 12 9.731% 5 2019.03.19 Mondays and Tuesdays
6 Strong Girl Bong-soon 16 9.668% 6 2017.03.25 Fridays and Saturdays
7 My Kids Give Me a Headache 40 9.230% 7 2013.02.24 Saturdays and Sundays
8 Misty 16 8.452% 8 2018.03.24 Fridays and Saturdays
9 The Good Detective 16 7.609% 9 2020.08.24 Mondays and Tuesdays
10 Something in the Rain 16 7.281% 10 2018.05.12 Fridays and Saturdays
  • Ratings」data sourced from AGB nationwide rating of cable channel, with the inclusion of occasional advertisement


Name Description
JTBC Plus Operates the JTBC's specialty cable channels, JTBC2, JTBC3 Golf&Sports, JTBC4 and JTBC Golf
Publishes Ilgan Sports since 2015
JTBC Mediatech
JTBC Studios
(formerly JTBC Content Hub)
Provides in-house drama and film production
Subsidiaries include Drama House [ko], Zium Content, BA Entertainment, Film Monster Co. and Perfect Storm Film
JTBC Mediacomm Conducts broadcast advertising sales on behalf of JTBC, JTBC Plus and Baduk TV


Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 23rd Asian Television Awards Cable & Satellite Network of the Year award JTBC Won [17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 종편-제이티비씨 "중앙미디어네트워크가 최대 주주인 제이티비씨"
  2. ^ "종편 주주 현황 어떻게" (in Korean). 경향신문. January 3, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Shin Hae-in (November 30, 2011). "New cable channels go on air". The Korea Herald. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (December 12, 2011). "What else can new channels do to boost ratings?". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Noh Hyun-gi (January 4, 2012). "Four new TV channels face uncertain futures". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Yoon Ja-young (January 20, 2012). "Low ratings weigh on new channels". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (June 6, 2012). "New channels remain 'anonymous'". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Bae Ji-sook (November 29, 2012). "New TV channels are niche, not gold mine". The Korea Herald. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  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. ^ Kim, Chunhyo (February 26, 2016). Samsung, Media Empire and Family. London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315669045. ISBN 9781315669045.
  11. ^ [1] Archived 2015-12-26 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "A fresh start by JTBC". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 7, 2011. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  13. ^ Kim Hee-jin; Han Eun-hwa (May 11, 2013). "JTBC chooses news chief". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  14. ^ "손석희 JTBC 사장, 대표이사로 승격…홍정도 중앙일보 대표는 발행인 겸해". hankyung.com (in Korean). November 19, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  15. ^ "JTBC awarded Olympic Games broadcast rights in North and South Korea from 2026 until 2032". Inside the Games. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  16. ^ "중앙일보와 JTBC, 상암시대 열다…15일 창조관 기공식". news.jtbc.joins.com (in Korean). November 15, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  17. ^ "JTBC, 대상·'미스티' 김남주 최우수 포함 ATA 첫 4관왕 영예". Naver. Retrieved January 14, 2019.

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