NHK President Ryoichi Ueda is the new ABU President

Monday 08 October, 2018


At the recently concluded ABU General Assembly convened in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat, Ryochi Ueda was elected to lead the ABU for the next three years from January 2019 until the end of 2021.

Shine a bright light on false news, provide information people can trust: NHK's Ryoichi Ueda

Monday 25 September, 2017


Japan’s national broadcaster is currently preparing its next strategic plan. As part of the forward looking planning process, NHK is facing “fundamental questions” about the role of a public broadcaster in the modern era of broadcasting.

Are we old? Broadcast journalism in the time of citizen journalism

Thursday 05 May, 2016

Toshiyuki Sato Special Controller of the Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK, discussed the effect of the internet on journalism at the Radio Asia and Media2020 conference in Beijing.

“There are many ways of defining our jobs, but we are being challenged by the emergence of the internet,” he said.

Looking at the rise of citizen journalism, he cited the Korean news portal OhMyNews as a platform that uses ‘netizens’ to produce content.

China National Radio dominates ABU prizes

Sunday 09 November, 2014

China National Radio (CNR) won two awards and two of its entries were commended in the radio category at the recent Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) General Assembly.

It won the award for ‘Best On Air Personality and its entry titled ‘Support in Life’ won in the ‘Community Service Announcement’ category.

Another CNR entry ‘Families on the Grassland’ was commended in the ‘Documentary’ category while ‘Kungfu’ received a commendation in the ‘Drama’ category.

'Saving lives' project kicks of ABU assembly

Sunday 26 October, 2014

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s (ABU) 50th anniversary General Assembly in Macau opened with a two-day summit on ‘Saving Lives: Preparing for Disasters’.

At the conference, speakers from across the world exchanged their views on the need for broadcasters to be well-prepared to air any news on any disaster.

The forum also heard how the Meteorological Department ran a radio channel regulated by the National Broadcasting and Communications Commission (NBTC) in Thailand.

Japanese viewers want NHK chief to resign

Thursday 08 May, 2014

Two Japanese groups are demanding immediate resignation of controversial NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii with a campaign calling for viewers to stop paying the NHK subscription fee, reports The Japan Times.

One group is called NHK wo Kanshi Gekirei Suru Shichosha Community (Viewers’ Community to Monitor and Encourage NHK) and the other is NHK Mondai wo Kangaeru Kai (Group to Examine Problems Related to NHK).

They said Momii’s contentious remarks on Japan's wartime history angered the public and its neighbours since he assumed the top post in January.

Link: Is Japan's public broadcaster under threat?

Monday 24 March, 2014

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, was established to provide radio and television content free from commercial influence to the Japanese people, reports the BBC.

It has been criticized in the past of being biased, like many media outlets funded by public money.

But recent developments and key appointments have raised concerns about its independence.

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NHK marks third anniversary of Japan earthquake

Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Three years after the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, national broadcaster NHK has run several programmes showing how the tragedy unfolded.

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake left almost 16,000 dead, 6000 injured, 3000 missing and triggered the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

To mark the anniversary, NHK aired features about how local communities coped following the disaster and the subsequent reconstruction efforts

New NHK boss in 'power grab'

Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Japanese broadcaster NHK's new boss is attempting a power grab, according to local media.

Several top executives say they were told by controversial new chairman Katusto Momii to write undated letters of resignation.

This would allow him to fire them whenever he wants.

"You were chosen by the former chairman. I will decide my own path," he told the directors, according to the Tokyo Shimbun.

Local media reports that the order was given at an extraordinary board meeting on January 25.

Japan radio host quits over nuclear fall out

Monday 03 February, 2014

Toru Nakakita, a veteran radio host at NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, has quit after he was told not to discuss the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Station executives say they feared his comments could affect voting behavior in the upcoming vote to elect Tokyo's governor on February 9.

Nakakita had been hosting the Business Outlook segment on Radio Asa Ichiban for the last two decades, Japan Times reported.

According to The Asahi Shimbun daily, Nakakita planned to say that “damages to be paid in the wake of the 2011 nuclear plant diaster are extraordinarily high.”


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