NHK General TV

NHK General TV (NHK総合テレビジョン, NHK Sōgō Terebijon), abbreviated on-screen as NHK G, is the main television service of NHK, the Japanesepublic broadcaster. Its programming includes news, drama, quiz/variety shows, music, sports, anime, and specials which compete directly with the output of its commercial counterparts. The channel 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.

Japanese television channel, main service of NHK
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NHK General TV

Logo used since 2020
Country Japan
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters NHK Broadcasting Center, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Language(s) Japanese
Picture format 1080iHDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed480i for the SDTV feed)
Owner NHK
Sister channels NHK Educational TV
Launched 1 February 1953
Digital terrestrial Channel 1 (Channel 3 in prefectures where a commercial station operates on channel 1)

The name is often abbreviated in Japanese to Sōgō Terebi (総合テレビ) (“GTV” and “NHK G” are also used). The word Sōgō (general) serves to differentiate the channel from NHK’s other television services, NHK Educational TV , NHK BS 1, NHK BS 2 (closed in 2011) and NHK BS HI (changed to BS Premium)

Launched on 1 February 1953, NHK was Japan’s only television channel prior to the launch of Nippon TV on 28 August 1953.

NHK’s programs are produced in accordance with the Japan Broadcasting Corporation Broadcasting Code.

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Places in bold refer to where the main station of each region is located.

Channel designation for NHK General. Areas marked with red are assigned to Channel 1 while those in purple are assigned to Channel 3.
Region Station (name in Kanji) Analog (only Analog TV closed) Digital Prefecture
FM Radio 1 General TV
Call sign Ch. LCN Call sign
Hokkaidō Sapporo (札幌) JOIK-FM JOIK JOIK-TV 3 (3) JOIK-DTV IshikariShiribeshiSorachi Subpref. (including Sapporo)
Hakodate (函館) JOVK-FM JOVK JOVK-TV 4 OshimaHiyama Subpref.
Asahikawa (旭川) JOCG-FM JOCG JOCG-TV 9 KamikawaRumoiSōya Subpref.
Obihiro (帯広) JOOG-FM JOOG JOOG-TV 4 Tokachi Subpref.
Kushiro (釧路) JOPG-FM JOPG JOPG-TV 9 KushiroNemuro Subpref.
Kitami (北見) JOKP-FM JOKP JOKP-TV 3 Abashiri Subpref.
Muroran (室蘭) JOIQ-FM JOIQ JOIQ-TV 9 IburiHidaka Subpref.
Tōhoku Aomori (青森) JOTG-FM JOTG JOTG-TV 3 (3) JOTG-DTV Aomori
Akita (秋田) JOUK-FM JOUK JOUK-TV 9 (1) JOUK-DTV Akita
Yamagata (山形) JOJG-FM JOJG JOJG-TV 8 JOJG-DTV Yamagata
Morioka (盛岡) JOQG-FM JOQG JOQG-TV 4 JOQG-DTV Iwate
Sendai (仙台) JOHK-FM JOHK JOHK-TV 3 (3) JOHK-DTV Miyagi
Fukushima (福島) JOFP-FM JOFP JOFP-TV 9 (1) JOFP-DTV Fukushima
KantōKōshin’etsu Tokyo (東京) JOAK-FM JOAK JOAK-TV
1 (1) JOAK-DTV
Tokyo and surrounding areas (including Saitama, Chiba, and Yokohama)
Yokohama (横浜) JOGP-FM 1 Kanagawa
Chiba (千葉) JOMP-FM 1 Chiba
Saitama (埼玉) JOLP-FM 1 Saitama
Maebashi (前橋) JOTP-FM 1 JOTP-DTV Gunma
Utsunomiya (宇都宮) JOBP-FM 1 JOBP-DTV Tochigi
Mito (水戸) JOEP-FM 1 JOEP-DTV Ibaraki
Kōfu (甲府) JOKG-FM JOKG JOKG-TV 1 JOKG-DTV Yamanashi
Nagano (長野) JONK-FM JONK JONK-TV 2 JONK-DTV Nagano
Niigata (新潟) JOQK-FM JOQK JOQK-TV 8 JOQK-DTV Niigata
TōkaiHokuriku Toyama (富山) JOIG-FM JOIG JOIG-TV 3 (3) JOIG-DTV Toyama
Kanazawa (金沢) JOJK-FM JOJK JOJK-TV 4 (1) JOJK-DTV Ishikawa
Shizuoka (静岡) JOPK-FM JOPK JOPK-TV 9 JOPK-DTV Shizuoka
Nagoya (名古屋) JOCK-FM JOCK JOCK-TV 3 (3) JOCK-DTV Aichi
Gifu (岐阜) JOOP-FM JOOP-TV 39/3 JOOP-DTV Gifu
Kansai Osaka (大阪) JOBK-FM JOBK JOBK-TV 2 (1) JOBK-DTV Osaka
Kōbe (神戸) JOPP-FM JOPP-TV 28/2 JOPP-DTV Hyōgo
Kyoto (京都) JOOK-FM JOOK JOOK-TV 32/2 JOOK-DTV Kyoto
Ōtsu (大津) JOQP-FM JOQP-TV 28 JOQP-DTV Shiga
Hikone (彦根) sub. of Ōtsu JOQP
Nara (奈良) JOUP-FM JOUP-TV 51/2 (1) JOUP-DTV Nara
Wakayama (和歌山) JORP-FM JORP-TV 32 JORP-DTV Wakayama
Chūgoku Tottori (鳥取) JOLG-FM JOLG JOLG-TV 3 (3) JOLG-DTV Tottori
Matsue (松江) JOTK-FM JOTK JOTK-TV 6 JOTK-DTV Shimane
Okayama (岡山) JOKK-FM JOKK JOKK-TV 5 (1) JOKK-DTV Okayama
Hiroshima (広島) JOFK-FM JOFK JOFK-TV 3 JOFK-DTV Hiroshima
Yamaguchi (山口) JOUG-FM JOUG JOUG-TV 9 JOUG-DTV Yamaguchi
Shikoku Tokushima (徳島) JOXK-FM JOXK JOXK-TV 3 (3) JOXK-DTV Tokushima
Takamatsu (高松) JOHP-FM JOHP JOHP-TV 37 (1) JOHP-DTV Kagawa
Matsuyama (松山) JOZK-FM JOZK JOZK-TV 6 JOZK-DTV Ehime
KyūshūOkinawa Fukuoka (福岡) JOLK-FM JOLK JOLK-TV 3 (3) JOLK-DTV Nishifukuoka (includes Fukuoka and Kurume)
Kitakyūshū (北九州) JOSK-FM JOSK JOSK-TV 6 JOSK-DTV Higashifukuoka/Nishiyamaguchi (includes Kitakyūshū and Shimonoseki)
Saga (佐賀) JOSP-FM JOSP JOSP-TV 38 (1) JOSP-DTV Saga
Nagasaki (長崎) JOAG-FM JOAG JOAG-TV 3 JOAG-DTV Nagasaki
Kumamoto (熊本) JOGK-FM JOGK JOGK-TV 9 JOGK-DTV Kumamoto
Miyazaki (宮崎) JOMG-FM JOMG JOMG-TV 8 JOMG-DTV Miyazaki
Kagoshima (鹿児島) JOHG-FM JOHG JOHG-TV 3 (3) JOHG-DTV Kagoshima
Okinawa (沖縄) JOAP-FM JOAP JOAP-TV 2 (1) JOAP-DTV Okinawa (including Naha)

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