NHK WORLD TV Channel Brings the Dynamism of Asia to Southern California Audiences 24/7


TV Channel Brings the Dynamism of Asia to


California Audiences 24/7


A Wide Selection of

Programming Will Include Everything from News, Science and Technology Reports

to Cooking, Travel and Multi-cultural Shows 



Japan - July 31, 2013

Japan International Broadcasting (
http://www.jibtv.com/), the distribution company of NHK, and KCETLink (www.kcet.org), the national independent public

transmedia organization,
have announced the dynamic programming line-up on NHK WORLD TV (www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld)

which debuts in Southern California on Monday, August 5, 2013.


NHK, Japan's sole public,

independent broadcaster, recently partnered with KCETLink to launch the
stand-alone 24-hour,

English-language television news and lifestyle network to more than 5.6 million

Southern California homes on KCETLink's over-the-air digital channel 28.4.


"We are excited to share such a compelling lineup

with Southern California audiences that includes everything from cutting edge

news coverage of major global events to mouthwatering recipes and menu advice

from our region's foremost culinary experts to key trends driving Asian

lifestyle and technology," said
Yoshihiko Shimizu, president and CEO, Japan International Broadcasting. "Southern

California is one of the most culturally-diverse markets in the world and our

schedule truly provides something for everyone to enjoy."


Based in Tokyo, Japan, NHK WORLD TV offers a

variety of informative and entertaining news, business, food, travel,

technology and cultural programming around the clock, featuring some of the

region's top talent. Programs include:




"NEWSLINE" - Journalists from around the world report news and breaking

news, including the latest in politics, business, technology and culture in

Asia. Regular features come from a total of 30 news bureaus, including Beijing,

London and Paris. In the United States, New York, Washington, D.C. and Los

Angeles offer different perspectives on what's happening. Well-known anchors

include Shery Ahn, Yuko Aotani, Catherine Kobayashi and Gene Otani.


Science and Business


"ASIA BIZ FORECAST" - Asia's top economists and commercial strategists

forecast Asia's rapidly changing business, financial and market trends. Hosted

by Yuko Fukushima.


"Science View" - Renowned Japanese scientists investigate and discuss

the worlds of technology and natural science. Moderated by Rena Yamada.


"ASIAN VOICES" - NHK's senior commentator, Aiko Doden, hosts Asia's

leading academics, economists and politicians, who provide perspectives on

global and regional issues.




"Dining with the chef" - Culinary artists, including Tatuo Saito, introduce

Japanese cuisine and the overall harmony of various ingredients. 


"Journeys in Japan" - A variety of English teachers, artists and actors

serve as travel experts, exploring Japan and meeting the people, discovering

the local culture and offering helpful hints rarely found in normal guidebooks.


"cool japan" - A panel of international special guests examine the

appeal and secrets to the hip cultural aspects of Japan. Hosted by Risa

Stegmayer and Shoji Kokami.


The channel also offers an assortment of groundbreaking

documentaries and specials including "March to Recovery," "TOMORROW" and "NHK

Documentary." You can view the entire program schedule at http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/schedule/index.html.

Additionally, KCET's main channel will air NHK specials in primetime, including

"Genki Sudo" and the aforementioned "TOMORROW." More information on these

programs is available at http://www.kcet.org/shows/a-z/#T.


"KCETLink is committed to providing quality

international news and cultural programming to Southern California," said Al

Jerome, president and CEO, KCETLink. "By partnering with Japan International

Broadcasting and NHK WORLD TV, we can now offer another significant world view

to our extremely diverse viewing audience."


NHK WORLD TV is currently available in 260 million

households across 140 countries and regions.
It will be available via digital broadcast

through a dedicated over-the-air channel (Channel 28.4) in Los Angeles, Orange

and Ventura Counties.




Japan International Broadcasting, Inc.

Japan International

Broadcasting Inc. (JIB), a subsidiary of NHK, is responsible for the worldwide

distribution of the HD English language news/lifestyle program "NHK WORLD TV",

as well as the Japanese language program "NHK WORLD Premium." Currently, the

two channels are broadcast around the world on

three international and 20 domestic satellites
and reach households,

hotels and others via DTH, cable, IPTV and terrestrial broadcast.


About KCETLink

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.