MBS is known as a pioneer in the Japanese broadcasting industry. Tracing back through history, MBS was one of the first commercial radio stations in Japan, starting its first radio broadcasts in 1951 and later beginning terrestrial television broadcasting in 1959.
MBS operates in the largest broadcast area in Western Japan, the Kansai region, which has a population of about 22 million. This accounts for 17 percent of Japan’s total population, with 9.8 million households. Some of Japan’s major cities are also located in the region. MBS has its head office in Osaka, which is the business center of Kansai with new emerging businesses and innovative ideas. The ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara are also located in this area, and because of this, Kansai is historically known for its strong ties with Asia. MBS continues to broadcast programs that imbue the distinctive features of the local Kansai region, which is rich in history, tradition, and culture.
To enhance its capacity to produce content, MBS built a new annex with two main television studios, and had a grand opening in the spring of 2014. The new studios are equipped with the latest equipment and now serve as the base for producing consistent original content that reflects the uniqueness of the Kansai area.
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Date of Establishment
December 27, 1950.
|1951||Becomes one of the first commercial radio stations|
|1959||Begins television broadcasting on Channel 4|
|1975||Joins Japan News Network(JNN)|
|2003||Begins terrestrial digital TV service|
|2006||Terrestrial digital TV goes onto mobile devices|
MBS prides itself as a TV station where people can always gather. Cultural seminars and events are held ocasionally at Chayamachi Plaza on the first floor of our head office.
Prestigious International Awards
MBS has been recognized for its quality programming.
Some of its award-winning/nominated programs are listed below.
[International Emmy Awards]
|1999||Just Like Anyone Else: Days in the life of a physically challenged family|
|1998||Kinkakuji Sound Stage|
|2000||The 17th Beethoven’s 9th with a Cast of 10,000|
|2001||Yo-Yo Ma in Todai-ji|
For My Baby
|2009||The 26th Beethoven’s 9th with a Cast of 10,000|
[Monte-Carlo TV Festival]
|2002||How Are You, Teddy Bear?|
|2004||Cynthia: The Service Dog|
|2005||Coping with Chemical Hypersensitivity: One Woman's Story|
|2011||The Goddess of the Toilet|
|2012||Father of the Bride: The Sounds of Snow|
And many more
[Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.]
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- Shanghai Bureau in China