Scandal-hit NHK slaps pay cuts on all directors

Japan Broadcasting Corp. said Thursday it will cut the salaries of all of its board directors, including President Katsuji Ebisawa, following a series of scandals, including embezzlement by a former chief producer.

The public broadcaster, better known as NHK, reprimanded Ebisawa in July, hitting him with a pay cut of 30 percent for three months. He will take the cut for another three months.

Executive Director General of Broadcasting Akiyoshi Sekine and Managing Director Yukihiko Ideta, both of whom were handed a 20 percent pay cut for three months in July, will also take their pay cuts for three additional months.

“I am feeling grave responsibility,” Ebisawa said during a news conference, reiterating his apology to viewers.

The 48,886,600 yen embezzlement involving the former chief producer came to light in July, followed by a series of other scandalous revelations, including senior officials being reimbursed expenses for fictitious business trips, food and drink.

The former chief producer was fired in July.

Ebisawa will testify Thursday at the House of Representatives Committee on Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications.

NHK said it has also put its Seoul bureau chief on six months’ suspension for padding news coverage costs and has placed two other producers on seven days’ suspension for fake business trips.