Japanese public broadcaster NHK’s English-language international channel NHK World TV is revamping programming with more shows and a focus on factual, Japan-centric shows.
The self-described “major revision” will kick off in April, with regular program numbers increasing from 34 to 43, the addition of more Japanese films and Kabuki dance-drama to the line-up and a stronger news transmission that will transmit more independent information from Japan and the rest of Asia.
The broadcaster outlines that over 70% of total programming will be about Japan while about 80% will consist of original programs produced by NHK World TV.
The upcoming programming slate includes Kabuki program Kabuki Kool, Japanese film and entertainment show J-Flicks, culture series spin-off Japanology Plus, humanitarian program Side by Side and music show Asia Music Network.
News of the revisions comes after NHK revealed it had successfully completed a test transmission of an 8K signal across 27 kilometers as part of its research and development of terrestrial transmission technology for 8K broadcasting.