Jul 22, 2014

NHK president says no fee cuts soon

President Katsuto Momii said Tuesday that NHK won’t be able to cut viewer subscription fees before April 2018. “It will be financially tough during the next three years and it is unlikely we can achieve a fee cut,” Momii said in an interview. He ...

Japan a key battleground for BBC's expansion in Asia

May 2, 2014

Japan a key battleground for BBC's expansion in Asia

by Elizabeth Kerr

Judging from the activity on the floor at February’s BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool, England, television is most definitely not dead. Over 700 buyers and distributors descended on the BT Convention Centre to investigate what was new (“The Game,” “The Musketeers”) and what was ...

Apr 28, 2014

Ban of U.S. TV shows not sign of wider trend: Chinese video site

The boss of a Chinese online video site said Monday he believes the sudden banning of four American TV shows does not represent a wider trend, though it’s unclear why the shows were targeted. The government’s broadcast regulator issued a surprise order last week ...

Firms find ways to tap power of interactive TV

Apr 25, 2014

Firms find ways to tap power of interactive TV

by Shin Hara

The use of television for purposes other than broadcasting, such as checking on the well-being of seniors living alone, is increasing in Japan. A consortium of TV Asahi Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and other entities, including the government-backed Urban Renaissance Agency, is undertaking an experiment ...

Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

Apr 24, 2014

Pakistan's army wants TV news channel shut down

Pakistan’s powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls “false” reports that the country’s intelligence service shot one of its top anchors. Press freedom advocates on Wednesday decried the move against Geo ...

Tao makes the cut in new drama

Jan 9, 2014

Tao makes the cut in new drama

by Jun Hongo

At age 28, actress and model Tao Okamoto is already one of the few women in history — along with actress Farrah Fawcett and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel character from “Friends” to name a couple — to have a haircut named after her. The Chiba ...