The Pokemon Broadcasting Company BW


Television Network

Regions served

Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh,
Unova, Kalos, Alola,
North America, Europe, Asia, Australia




"Gotta Watch It Now!"


Tokyo City, Kanto


Silph Co.


Silph-PBC Media

Launch date

April 1st 1997

Picture format

1080p (HD) / 480p Letterbox (SD)

Callsign meaning

Pokémon Broadcasting Company


EBC (Entertainment Broadcasting Company)



Television Network

Regions served

Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova




Castelia City, Unova


Independent (1934-1986)
Silph (1986-1997)
Televisa [30% share] (1989-1997)

Picture format


Callsign meaning

Enterprise Broadcasting Company (1934-1986)
Entertainment Broadcasting Company (1986-1997)


PBC (Pokémon Broadcasting Company)




Merged with Game Freak Communications to form PBC

The Pokémon Broadcasting Company, also known as PBC is a Japanese owned bilingual commercial television and radio network. The network's headquarters is located in the Silphton Tower in Tokyo City, Kanto. The network is known for broadcasting Pocket Monsters, their most iconic and longest running video game based anime show, which also launched the company and PBC's Japanese TV operations on April 1st, 1997 at 6:30 JST. The network is sometimes referred as the "Pokéball Network" due to their logo. Also, PBC began its American operations on September 8, 1998, coinciding with the US television debut of the Pokemon anime.


Silph Tower

PBC's corporate headquarters, Silph-PBC Media located in the Silph Tower

51 big

PBC's international headquarters in Seattle, WA. Also the home of KPCI-DT.


PBC Akiba Studios location in Akihabara in Tokyo City

  • 1932 - Formed as a radio network called "Enterprise Radio" in Castelia City, Unova
  • 1934 - EBC was establish as "Enterprise Broadcasting Co." starting with PX01CT (Now known as PXGF-DT 5)
  • 1939 - Established an experimental radio station in the Kanto Region (PXKT-AM 530)
  • 1952 - Launched their very first TV station in Kanto under the call sign PKTO-TV 5, now known as PKMN-DT 5
  • 1953 - Launched TV station in Johto as PJXT 12 (Now known as PPBC-DT 24)
  • 1954 - Established TV station in Sinnoh as PX07J 7 (Now known as PSVN-DT 7)
  • 1963 - Debut of the Astro Boy anime
  • 1964 - Broadcasted their first sports program, covering the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
  • 1965 - Buys independent Hoenn station HXFD 9 in Petelburg (Now known as HPBC)
  • 1968 - EBC becomes a full fledged TV Network in the US and expanded stations in San Francisco, Miami, Panama City, Phoenix, and Chicago
  • 1986 - Silph Co. buys EBC for a 50% share and renames it as "Entertainment Broadcasting Corp."
  • 1987 - Silph Co. and EBC established EBC-Silph Telecommunications
  • 1989 - EBC-Silph acquired Televisa
  • 1992 - Sailor Moon debuts on EBC
  • 1996 - Formed a joint venture with Game Freak to established "Pocket Broadcasting Co.", a precursor to PBC.
  • 1997 - Final episode of Sailor Moon reached the highest viewership in EBC's history. Deal with Televisa expires and PBC was launched for TV with the premiere of "Pocket Monsters" (or Pokemon), Involved with the great Pokemon Seizure Crisis of 1997 [1]
  • 1998 - Due to the Seizure Crisis, Silph Co. decided to do a complete relaunch and renamed it as "Pokémon Broadcasting Company", EBC USA becomes PBC America.
  • 1999 - Remains of EBC cease to exist.
  • 2006 - Begins HD broadcast
  • 2007 - Begins broadcast in HD in the US
  • 2009 - The Pokémon TV series began broadcasting in HD
  • 2011 - PBC launches TV stations in Europe, Asia and Australia under the name "PBC International".
  • 2013 - PBC launches a 3D channel called "PBC in 3D". Ceased operations on January 1st, 2015.
  • 2014 - PBC remakes the classic Sailor Moon program in HD under the name "Sailor Moon Crystal", the first program from EBC remade by it's successor.

O&O stations

Pokemon World

  • PKMN-DT 5 in Tokyo City, Kanto (Saffron, Cerulean, Celedon)
  • PPBC-DT 24 in Goldenrod City, Johto
  • PSVR-DT 4 in Cherrygrove City, Johto
  • PJEK-DT 7 in Ecruteak City, Johto
  • HPBC-DT 9 in Petelburg City, Hoenn
  • HOEN-DT 9 in Lilycove City, Hoenn
  • PSVN-DT 7 in Jubilife City, Sinnoh
  • PXGF-DT 5 in Castelia City, Unova
  • PBCK-CH1 (PBC Kalos) in Lumiose City, Kalos broadcasting on channel 34

United States

  • KPCI-DT 2 in Seattle, WA
  • KPBC-DT 14 in Los Angeles, CA
  • WPBC-DT 14 in New York, NY


All the PBC logos were designed by Silph Design Solutions

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