NHK President


Summary of Press Conference (February, 2016)

  • On the series of inappropriate incidents

    (Comments by Katsuto Momii, President)

    I want to apologize sincerely for the distress caused to viewers by the series of inappropriate incidents that have occurred at NHK and its group organizations. At NHK ITEC Inc., emergency measures have been implemented whereby payments cannot be made without the authorization of head office. The results of the investigation will be made public next week, making clear where the root of the problems lay, as well as which directors and managers are responsible. In addition, we will reexamine the operations from scratch and look at the structure of the organization. We will bring in a full-time auditor from outside NHK, and all the group organizations will work on management reform measures in a timely fashion. With regards to the misuse of taxi tickets, as well as checking them after they have been used, a fundamental overhaul of the system is being examined.
    In addition, one of our announcers has been rearrested on suspicion of making 'dangerous drugs' in his own home. Following the decision of the investigating authorities, NHK will take its own measures strictly to deal with this.

  • On prospects for the fifth period of the current fiscal year

    (Comments by Katsuto Momii)

    In the fifth period of the current fiscal year, the total number of receiving contracts rose by 508,000, which represents 99.5% of the target of 510,000 for the whole fiscal year. The number of satellite receiving contracts has risen by 678,000, or 113.0% of the annual growth target of 600,000. February and March is a period when achieving growth in the number of contracts and satellite contracts is difficult, but the increase in the total number of contracts is well on course to achieve the annual targets.

  • On the verification experiment of simultaneous television and online broadcasting

    (Comments by Katsuto Momii)

    In October and November last year, a maximum of 16 hours per day of General TV programming was broadcast on the Internet in a verification experiment involving 9898 people, "Experimental Provision B". On weekday mornings, many people watched on mobile devices such as smartphones, we imagine this was due to people viewing during their commutes to work. In terms of a breakdown by age, people under 50 were viewing more on mobile devices than on computers, and it shows that those who spend a lot of time out of their homes, were watching during the day, outside. Compared to television broadcasts, there was approximately a 25-second delay, which is about the same as for other forms of video transmission. And due to rights issues, 78% of the total content, in terms of programming time, could be broadcast on the Internet. In the next fiscal year, verification experiments will also take place, moving ahead in dealing with the various issues we are facing.

  • On which events at the Rio Olympics will be scheduled to be the main focus of broadcasts on terrestrial television

    (Comments by Katsuto Momii)

    Beginning with the opening ceremony, which will attract attention all around the world, the men's gymnastics team, led by star performer and gold medal hopeful Kohei Uchimura, and consecutive world championship winner Daiya Seto in the men's 400m individual swimming medley final, will be some of the Japanese athletes and medal hopes whose events we will be broadcasting. Not only on terrestrial television, NHK is also scheduled to be broadcasting many events on BS1 and radio. In addition, we will be broadcasting even more of the Paralympics, which begin in September, than we have done in the past.

  • On the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute Forum 2016

    (Comments by Hikaru Doumoto, Executive Vice President)

    Three days of presentations and symposiums based on the results of surveys and research by staff of the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute will be held at the Chiyoda Broadcasting Hall from March 1st. A wide-ranging program will be presented, including findings on viewer's consumption of video, an explanation of the main points in the first revision in 18 years of NHK's The Japanese Language Pronunciation and Accent Dictionary, and a symposium on the state of disaster information and disaster risk reduction broadcasting as the five year mark since the Great East Japan Earthquake approaches. The event is open to the public.

  • Q&A Session
    Q: On the changes to "Close-up Gendai" and presenter Hiroko Kuniya stepping down
    A: (Comments by Katsuto Momii)
    In order to target viewers who are interested in that kind of program, we have moved it to the 10p.m. slot, when they will have returned home from work. Ms. Kuniya has been presenting the program for 22 or 23 years; there is nobody who has been presenting another program that long. I really think she has worked hard for a long time and we are grateful for her efforts.
    (Q: On the seven announcers who will take over)
    A: They range from veterans to relatively young people, and are announcers that NHK is proud of. I think they will do a fine job.