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Nippon Television Network Corp. said Thursday that former Chairman Seiichiro Ujiie will return to the post in late June as part of its housecleaning effort following last November’s airing of a news program that slandered the Gifu Prefectural Government.

Chairman Noritada Hosokawa, who now doubles as president, will give up the chairmanship and concentrate on his duties as president of one of the nation’s largest commercial television broadcasters.

On March 16, then President Shintaro Kubo resigned to take the blame for damaging the broadcaster’s credibility with the Nov. 23 airing of a program that alleged the local government ran a slush fund.

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