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PBC
The Pokemon Broadcasting Company BW

Type

Television Network

Regions served

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

Founded

April 1st, 1997

Slogan

"Gotta Watch 'em All!"

Headquarters

Tokyo City, Kanto
Castelia City, Unova

Owner

Silph Co.

Parent

Silph-PBC Media

Launch date

April 1st 1997

Picture format

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

Callsign meaning

Pokémon Broadcasting Company

Predecessor

EBC (Entertainment Broadcasting Company) (1932-1997)

EBC
EBCGold

Type

Television Network

Regions served

Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova

Founded

May 22, 1932

Headquarters

Castelia City, Unova

Ownership

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

Picture format

480p

Callsign meaning

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

Successor

PBC (Pokémon Broadcasting Company)

Ceased

April 1, 1997

Fate

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.

Timeline

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.

PBCAkibaStudios

PBC Akiba Studios location in Akihabara in Tokyo City

  • 1932 - Formed as a radio network called "Enterprise Radio" in Castelia City, Unova
  • 1936 - EBC was establish as "Enterprise Broadcasting Co." starting with WX01CT (Now known as WGFK-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 EBC was rebranded as PBC along 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.
  • 2004 - 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".

Slogans

As EBC

  • The Channel of the Stars (1980-1997)

As PBC

  • Gotta Watch It Now! (1998-2003/2013-2016)
  • Did You Catch That? It's on PBC! (2003-2010)
  • The Tradition Continues (2010-2013)
  • Gotta Watch 'Em All! (2016-Present)

O&O stations

Pokemon World

Kanto Region
Call sign Channel number Location Branding Notes
PKMN-DTV 5 Tokyo City (Saffron City and Celedon City) PBC Kanto 5 Flagship station
PKTE-DTV 5 Viridian City PBC Kanto 5 Satellite station
PKTN-DTV 5 Cerulean City PBC Kanto 5 Satellite station
PKTO-DTV 5 Lavender Town PBC Kanto 5 Based on the old call sign of PKMN-DTV prior to April 1st, 1997. Satellite station

Johto Region
Call sign Channel number Location Branding Notes
PSVR-DTV 4 Cherrygrove City PBC 4 East Johto
PGLD-DTV 24 Goldenrod City PBC 24 Johto
PJEK-DTV 7 Ecruteak City 7 PBC
PJOV-DTV 6 Olivine City NewsCenter 6
Sevii Islands
Call sign Channel number Location Branding Notes
PVII-DTV 7 One Island PBC Sevii Islands Rebroadcasts news from PBC Kanto 5

Orange Islands
Call sign Channel number Location Branding Notes
POGE-DTV 10 Mandarin Island North PBC Orange Isles Main broadcasting station of PBC Orange Isles
POGM-DTV 3 Mandarin Island South PBC Orange Isles
POGP-DTV 12 Pummelo Island PBC Orange Isles
POGK-DTV 2 Kumquat Island PBC Orange Isles
POGA-DTV 5 Ascrobia Island PBC Orange Isles
Hoenn Region
Call sign Channel number Location Branding Notes
PHON-DTV 9 Petalburg City PBC 9
PHRS-DTV 9 Lilycove City PBC 9 Satellite station
PHEG-DTV 3 Ever Grande City EGC3
Sinnoh Region
Call sign Channel number Location Branding Notes
PSVN-DTV 7 Jubilife City Sinnoh 7
PSNH-DTV 7 Hearthome City Sinnoh 7 Satellite station
PSLA-DTV 7 Snowpoint City Sinnoh 7 Satellite station
PSLV-DTV 7 Sunyshore City Sinnoh 7 Satellite station
PSTM-DTV 14 Battle Zone Sinnoh 7 Satellite station
Almia Region
Call sign Channel number Location Branding Notes
PALM-DTV 4 Pueltown Palm 4 Rebroadcasts news from Sinnoh 7. Has their own newscasts during the weekends.
Fiore Region
Call sign Channel number Location Branding Notes
PFCT-DTV 4 Fall City PFCT-TV4

United States

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


Logos

All the PBC logos were designed by Silph Design Solutions