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Corporate History

October 1951 Applies for TV broadcasting license to the Ministry of Posts and Communications
July 1952 Granted first TV broadcasting license in Japan
October 1952 Company established with paid-in capital of 250 million yen
August 1953 Test transmission commences
    Granted formal TV broadcasting license
    Commercial broadcasting commences
    First broadcast of professional wrestling
May 1955 Broadcast of professional boxing marks viewer rating of 96.1%
September 1959 Company stock listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange
September 1960 Granted color TV broadcasting license
May 1962 “Nonfiction Gekijyo~Rojin to Taka~“ wins Euro Vision Grand Prix Award in documentary category at Cannes Film Festival
June 1966 Exclusive live broadcast of Beatles performing at Budokan in Japan (viewer rating of 56%)
October 1973 “Dove of Love” Welfare Foundation established
September 1976 “Reach for Tomorrow,” a documentary of a young thalidomide victim, wins International Emmy Award in non-fiction category
November 1976 “Nippon Television Network Cultural Foundation” established
February 1981 Broadcast of TOYOTA CUP (renamed “FIFA Club World Cup Japan presented by Toyota”) commences
April 1986 First performance of annual musical “Annie”
September 1987 First performance by Michael Jackson in Japan (450,000 attend nationwide concerts)
October 1987 NTV cable news channel, “ncn” launched
January 1988 First broadcast of the “NFL Super Bowl”
May 1988 Live broadcast from world’s highest peak of Mt. Chomolungma in Tibet
July 1989 SNG (Satellite News Gathering) operations utilized
August 1989 NTV-developed format “Clear-Vision” (EDTV) (4:3) commences
February 1993 Nandaro mascot created by Hayao Miyazaki for 40th anniversary designated as corporate logo
November 1993 First broadcast of volleyball tournament, “World Grand Champions Cup”
April 1994 Restoration of frescoes in Sistine Chapel completed
July 1995 NTV-developed format “Wide Clear Vision” (EDTV-II) (9:16) commences
December 1995 Vincent van Gogh art exhibition draws 486,800 visitors
August 1996 CS simultaneous experimental broadcasting commences
April 1998 “ncn” relaunched as NNN24 (24-hour news channel) cable and satellite broadcasting
August 1998 Pulitzer Prize photo exhibition held
    Illusionist David Copperfield performs
April 1999 Records top commercial sales among commercial broadcasters
March 2000 Internet-related business Forecast Communications established as subsidiary
December 2000 NTV Group, BS NIPPON launches BS digital (HDTV) broadcasting
    SHIBUYA-AX, a live performance venue built in partnership with leading advertising agency Dentsu Corp., opens
October 2001 Ghibli Museum, featuring Japanese animation works of Studio Ghibli, opens in Mitaka
April 2002 Marc Chagall art exhibition draws 355,000 visitors
January 2003 “Spirited Away” airs on terrestrial TV to capture viewer rating of 46.9% and wins Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at 75th Annual Academy Awards
April 2003 Completion of new NTV headquarters in Shiodome, Minato-ku
December 2003 Digital terrestrial (HDTV) broadcasting commences
    NTV marks highest audience ratings for ten consecutive years
September 2004 Selected as member of FTSE4Good Index series of environmental sustainability
January 2005 Alphonse Mucha art exhibition held
    Louvre art exhibition held
April 2005 Mona Lisa Viewing Room completed in Louvre Museum with full cooperation by NTV
October 2005 “NTV2” launched as first Internet video-on-demand service
November 2005 Environmental management system of NTV headquarters granted ISO 14001 certification marking first time for a key commercial broadcaster in Tokyo
February 2006 “Howl’s Moving Castle” nominated for Best Animated Feature Film for 78th Annual Academy Awards
March 2006 Broadcast of final game of “World Baseball Classic” earns viewer rating of 43.4%
April 2006 Information security management systems of IT Planning & Development Division receives ISO 27001 certification
    “1-SEG” (one-segment) services commence to enable viewing of digital terrestrial broadcasts with mobile devices
    NEWS24 podcasting commences
June 2006 NTV-produced movie “DEATH NOTE” released Hitoshi Matsumoto’s “Zassaa” on VoD site NTV2 becomes industry-first for pay-per-view original comedy contents
September 2006 Special screening of “TALES from EARTHSEA“ at 63rd Venice International Film Festival
    Louvre art exhibition held
December 2006 ISO 14001 certification expanded to cover Kansai Office, Nagoya Sales Office, Kojimachi Building and Ikuta Studio
April 2007 Reorganization of NTV Group subsidiaries
May 2007 NTV “Hands-On Classroom” held at local elementary school to foster media literacy
September 2007 NTV set up studio in Internet-based virtual world “Second Life” where world’s first virtual program “Digital Spirit” is regularly recorded and broadcast
January 2008 NTV’s 55th Anniversary Campaign commences
February 2008 Live broadcast of “Tokyo Marathon 2008”
June 2008 NTV Eco Week extended to include eco-related events and broadcast of environment-themed regular programs
July 2008 Movie “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” opens in theaters
October 2008 Terrestrial TV broadcasting license renewed
December 2008 “KANPEI EARTH Marathon” commences