NHK anticipates up to around 50 billion yen in revenue loss for the fiscal year ending next March because many viewers are refusing to pay fees to the public broadcaster, NHK President Genichi Hashimoto said Tuesday.

Households refusing to pay and citing the recent NHK scandals and other reasons are estimated to number about 1.3 million at the end of this month, and the revenue from viewer charges for the six months through September will be around 23.7 billion yen short of the company’s projection, Hashimoto said.

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