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1967 Founded.
1968 HTB was launched on November 3rd, 1968.
1970 First color broadcasting van was put into service.
First live event coverage of Sapporo's ski jumping competition.
1971 HTB's information booth "HTB Corner u" is opened in "Pole Town," Sapporo's underground city.
1974 Live coverage of the 1st "HTB Cup" ski jumping tournament.
Live Coverage of the 1st "HTB Cup" ice hockey match between Oji and Kokudo.
1975 Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with KATU, Portland, Oregon, USA
1977 1st "HTB Square" is created for the Sapporo Snow Festival.
HTB is the first to utilize ENG (Electronic News Gathering) system among commercial broadcasters in Hokkaido.
1978 Launches the 1st children's program "GO! GO! 5" among commercial broadcasters in Hokkaido.
Broadcasts the docu-drama, "The Girl Who Wore the Red Shoes" to commemorate HTB's 10th anniversary.
1979 The "HTB Salmon Committee" is organized in conjunction with Hokkaido's grass-roots campaign: "Come-Back Salmon."
1981 As a result of the vigorous efforts of the "Come-Back Salmon" campaign, the salmon population returns to the Toyohira River.
Completes its new studio wing at HTB's headquarters.
1983 Launches multiplex broadcasting.
1984 Launches the biweekly program "Hard Day's Night" targeting 20s - 30s demographic.
1986 Launches the daily morning program "Today's Weather 745."
1987 Establishes the ANN-HTB Manila Branch Office in the Philippines.
Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with Heilongjiang TV, Harbin, CHINA
1988 Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with Pacific Broadcasting Company, Vladivostok, RUSSIA
1989 The "HTB Cup" ski jumping tournament becomes an international competition.
SNG (Satellite News Gathering) system is installed.
1990 Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with KOMO, Seattle, Washington, USA
1991 Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with TV & RADIO of Sakhalin, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, RUSSIA
1992 Establishes the ANN-HTB Vladivostok Branch Office in Russia.
1994 Launches the first locally produced drama series "Chinese Restaurant."
1996 National broadcast of "A Promise in Sapporo" a drama, featuring the Sapporo Snow Festival.
Launches the weekly variety program, "Suiyo Dodesho" (How do you like wednesday?).
1997 Organizes the 1st "TOYOTA BIG AIR" snowboarding competition in Sapporo.
Launches the first captioned broadcast among commercial broadcasters in Hokkaido.
Organizes the 1st New Year's Eve "Sylvester Concert."
1998 Launches the regional data casting system "CLARK on ADAMS."
2001 Co-produces the film "man-hole" with Creative Office Cue.
2002 Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with GTB, Chuncheon, Gangwon, KOREA
2003 Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with People’s Daily Online, Beijing, CHINA
2004 Organizes the rock concert "Yumechika Live" in support of HTB's "Yumechika Records label."
2006 HTB's DVD variety programs sell over 1 million units.
Launches digital terrestrial TV broadcasting, data casting and one-segment mobile TV from Sapporo's Teine Broadcast Transmission Station.
2007 "Suiyo Dodesho" (How do you like wednesday?) becomes a national phenomenon and is aired in all 47 prefectures in Japan.
"Suiyo Dodesho" (How do you like wednesday?) is launched in the Los Angeles market.
2008 Special drama "Sorapuchi" is nominated in Television Film Category at the "48th Monte-Carlo TV Festival."
Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with donga.com, Seoul, KOREA
2009 Variety program "Hungry Hoppers: Pigging Out Around Japan" is launched in the Taiwan market.
2010 Completes the installation of 155 digital terrestrial broadcast transmission stations in Hokkaido.
Special drama "Mieruhi: Coming Home" is awarded in the Specially Commended in TV Drama Category at "ABU Prizes 2010."
Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with TJB, Daejeon, KOREA
Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with SZMG, Shenzhen, CHINA
Makes an agreement of friendship and cooperation with Dong-a Ilbo, Seoul, KOREA
2011 Completes the transition from analog to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting.
2012 Launches the video distribution service "HTB Hokkaido on Demand".

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