Japan's Public Broadcasting Company to Provide,
English-Language Contenton Regional Digital Broadcast Channel Starting in August
Burbank, Calif - July 09, 2013 - KCETLink (www.kcet.org),
the national independent public transmedia organization, today announced a new
partnership with NHK WORLD TV (www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld), which will
bring Japanese and Asian news and lifestyle programming around the clock to
more than 5.6 million Southern California homes. The stand-alone 24-hour,
English-language television news channel produced by NHK, Japan's sole public,
independent broadcaster, will launch on Monday, August 5, 2013, via digital
broadcast through a dedicated over-the-air channel (Channel 28.4) in Los
Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties. KCETLink will continue to provide NHK
content on its main channel, which includes "NEWSLINE" three times a day at 6
a.m., 6:30 and 11:30 p.m. and other NHK WORLD programs.
"KCETLink is pleased to partner with NHK WORLD TV to deliver high-quality
international programming to Southern California -- one of the most culturally-
and ethnically-diverse regions in the world," said Mary Mazur, chief operating
officer, KCETLink. "With our strong commitment to news and cultural storytelling,
KCETLink is providing Southern Californians with more opportunities than ever
to gain a broader perspective on Japanese and Asian news and lifestyles."
NHK WORLD TV provides a 24-hour programming cycle, including the network's
news show, "NEWSLINE," as well as a variety of lifestyle and cultural shows,
such as "TOKYO EYE," "Journeys in Japan," "imagine-nation" and "Dining with the
chef." The channel also offers an assortment of documentaries and specials.
"Our mission is to bring dynamic developments in Asia to top markets around
the world. We have enjoyed working with KCET and providing various programs for
its channel since 2010, so creating this new partnership made perfect sense.
And since we have also partnered successfully with Link Media in the past, the
KCETLink merger was a great fit for us," said Akinori Hashimoto, head of NHK
WORLD Department. "Furthermore, Southern California boasts such large Japanese,
Japanese-American and Asian communities, we wanted to make our content
available here as soon as possible."
NHK WORLD TV will also broadcast digitally to subscribers of Brighthouse
(Channel 32), Charter (Channel 311), Comcast (Channel 192), Cox (Channel 812),
Time Warner (Channel 239) and Verizon FiOS (Channel 463).
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in
the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California.
KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the
finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently
produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal
Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that
examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year
history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news
and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions,
its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and
community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported
community institution. For additional information about KCET productions,
web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit
kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.About NHK NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan's sole
public broadcaster, operating the country's largest national and international
television network. In Japan, NHK offers four TV channels (two terrestrial; two
satellite, both digital services), and three radio services. NHK also operates
two international television channels NHK WORLD TV (English, HD, 24/7) and NHK
WORLD PREMIUM (Japanese, 24/7) and offers international radio services in 18
languages. NHK WORLD TV can be viewed in 250 million households spread over 140
countries and regions.