Australia, Israel pick up NHK channel


NHK said Tuesday its English-language channel NHK World TV is being shown in Australia and Israel through contracts with local broadcasters.

The channel, which features news and lifestyle programs from Japan, began broadcasting on Australia’s largest satellite TV provider, Foxtel, on Sept. 3, and on Israeli cable television provider Hot on Sept. 1.

Since it was started in April, NHK World TV has been picked up in Los Angeles, Britain, Tanzania and regions in the Middle East and North Africa.

With the addition of 1.6 million households in Australia and 600,000 more in Israel, the channel is now available to about 265 million households worldwide, NHK said.