Nippon Television Network Corporation (日本テレビ放送網株式会社,Nippon Terebi Hōsōmō Kabushiki-gaisha), doing business as Nippon TV, is a television network based in the Shiodome area of Minato, Tokyo, Japan and is controlled by the Yomiuri Shimbun publishing company. Broadcasting terrestrially across Japan, the network is commonly known as Nihon Terebi (日本テレビ), contracted to Nittere (日テレ), and abbreviated as "NTV" or "AX".
In July 1952, Nippon TV was granted the first TV broadcasting license in Japan. The Nippon Television Network Corporation was established in October of the same year. On August 28 1953, Nippon Television signed on as Asia's first commercial TV station with an animated dove spreading its wings in the logo (similar to NBC's peacock logo introduced three years later). Japan's first television commercial (for Seikosha clocks) also aired at the same time.
In December 1958, NTV introduced videotape recording in a one-off drama series using RCA 2-inch quad tape. In December 1959, NTV aired Japan's first color VTR broadcast Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall from NBC. On September 10 1960, NTV was given the right to broadcast color television. On November 22 1963, using a communication satellite relay, NTV conducted the first black-and-white TV transmission experiment between Japan and the United States during coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
July 13, 1995: Broadcasting in widescreen EDTV begins.
April 1998 NCN relaunches as 24-hour news channel, NNN24, available via cable (within Japan) and satellite (in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan).
July 2003: The internal network name changes (日テレ, Nippon Television), however "NTV" is still used for overseas as the same font as "日テレ".
February 29, 2004: Nippon TV moves its headquarters from Kojimachi to Shiodome. Regular high-definition production begins.
2011: Nittele becomes the top broadcaster in Japan, beating the previous record-holder Fuji Television. NTV's victory was propelled by high ratings of its Wednesday nightly drama Kaseifu no Mita.
April 26, 2012: Nippon Television Network Preparatory Corporation is founded.
October 1, 2012: Nippon Television Network Corporation (first) transitions to a certified broadcasting holding company, Nippon Television Holdings, Inc., and Nippon Television Network Preparatory Corporation is renamed Nippon Television Network Corporation (second).
February 1–2, 2013: NTV and NHK General TV (which is also celebrating its own 60th year) collaborate for a two-day TV special.
January 2014: English name changed from Nippon Television to Nippon TV.
February 27, 2014: Nippon TV acquires Hulu service in Japan (HJ Holdings LLC).
On March 9, 1984, Dan Goodwin, aka Spider Dan, Skyscraperman, in a paid publicity event, used suction cups to climb the 10 floor Nippon Television Kojimachi Annex in Chiyoda.
The company has intimate connections with Studio Ghibli, led by Hayao Miyazaki, and holds the exclusive rights to broadcast their motion pictures. It has also produced and broadcast popular anime series like Claymore, Death Note, Hajime no Ippo, as well as Detective Conan and Inuyasha (which are produced through its Osaka affiliate, Yomiuri TV). NTV produced the first, unsuccessful Doraemon anime in 1973; when the second, more successful Doraemon series premiered in 1979, it was on TV Asahi, which remains the franchise's broadcaster to this day. As of now, NTV is currently producing a second anime adaptation of Hunter × Hunter. NTV has also been broadcasting the yearly Lupin III TV specials since 1989, which they co-produce with TMS Entertainment. Nippon Television announced on February 8, 2011, that it would make the anime studio Madhouse its subsidiary after becoming the primary stockholder at about 85%, via a third-party allocation of shares for about 1 billion yen (about US$12 million).
On January 29, 2014, Nippon Television announced that it will purchase a 54.3% stake in Tatsunoko Production and adopt the studio as a subsidiary.