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Summary of Press Conference (June, 2017)

  • On the business performance (expected) for the first period of the current fiscal year

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda, President)

    There was an estimated increase in total receiving contracts of 129,000, which represents 25.8% of our annual target of 500,000 contracts. The estimate of increase for satellite contracts was 103,000, which represents 17.2 percent of our annual target of 600,000. Although these are a slower start than the corresponding period in the last fiscal year, we will continue aiming for an 80% payment rate of receiving fees by the end of the current fiscal year as set in our Corporate Plan.

  • On the broadcasts of the World Para Athletics Championships

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    So that people can appreciate the wonders of parasports, the World Para Athletics Championships, which will take place in London next month, will be covered with a 50-minute highlight program broadcast on BS1 every day for the duration of the event. This will be the first time that the World Para Athletics Championships is broadcast on this scale. At the championships, the Japanese athletes who won medals at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, including Atsushi Yamamoto, will be taking part. In addition, we would like viewers to keep an eye out for the young athletes who are aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Broadcasts will include onscreen information about the rules for parasports, in order to make them easier for viewers to understand. A feature program about the competitors and sports will be broadcast a week before the event begins.

  • On the application for presenter and reporter with an impairment

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    Looking ahead to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, we will be recruiting presenters and reporters with impairments. This will be the first time we have undertaken such a measure. We hope that those who have experienced some of the same challenges as the athletes will cover their performances in an even more vivid fashion. We also think that the sight of people with impairments working on programs will help to work toward a society that respects diversity. Applications will be accepted for one month, beginning on June 22nd, and the recruitment process will include a written examination, an on-camera audition and an interview, with the results announced at the end of October this year. Successful candidates will focus on covering parasports and will also appear on related programs. As an ultimate goal, we expect them to appear in the broadcasts of the major event that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will be.

  • Q&A Session

    Q: On the cancelling of the broadcasts of the Saturday drama featuring the actor Keisuke Koide
    A: (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)
    The talent agency that Koide belongs to contacted us to say he would be stopping work for an indefinite period, and NHK made its decision based on that. I feel it is very regrettable that we let our viewers down as they were looking forward to the drama.