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NHK World TV ups hours, Japan-centric shows

Japanese public broadcaster NHK's English-language international channel NHK World TV is revamping its programming with more shows and a focus on factual, Japan-centric shows. (Pictured: NHK's original Japanology series)
February 4, 2014

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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