NHK President


Summary of Press Conference (May, 2018)

  • On the provisional results for the last fiscal year

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda, President)

    Overall income increased by 13 billion to 720.4 billion yen, creating a surplus of 23 billion yen. Receiving fees amounted to 691.4 billion yen and an increase in income above our forecast was achieved. Overall, in terms of domestic and international broadcasting, covering the PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, we properly fulfilled our role and mission as a public broadcaster and also executed efficient business performance. I think we have recorded a good set of results in the final year of our Three-year Corporate Plan.
    The total number of receiving contracts has increased by 766,000, which is 53.2% above our annual target; the number of satellite contracts has increased by 771,000, which is 28.5% above our annual target, meaning that we achieved our business performance targets for the last fiscal year in both categories. We achieved a 1point increase in the receiving fee payment rate over the previous year to 80%, reaching our 'Target 80' goal set out in the Corporate Plan of an 80% payment rate. Meanwhile, the proportion of viewers having signed satellite contracts increased 1point to 51%.

  • On the broadcasting plan for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    It is a little over a month until the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia opens and the plan for broadcasts has been finalized. 32 of the 64 matches from the tournament will be shown live on General TV terrestrial. Japan's first game, against Colombia, will be on June 19th at 8.45 p.m., a tough and important match in the battle to top the group. All 64 games will be shown on BS1 satellite, with Japan's second match, against Senegal, on June 25th at 12 midnight broadcast live, and recordings of the other 63.
    In terms of Super Hi-Vision, a total of eight games, including Japan versus Colombia, the opening game and the final will be delivered in 8K as part of the test broadcasts for the format. In addition, for the first time at a World Cup, FIFA will use 4K to produce and transmit footage for its international feeds, and NHK will deliver four games for test broadcasts of Super Hi-Vision.
    On the internet, a dedicated World Cup website and app will allow viewers to enjoy the tournament via smartphones and computers. For the 32 matches that will be shown live on General TV, functions such as multi-angle viewing, which FIFA is providing, will be available. This will allow viewers to choose to see footage from cameras which are specifically covering players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as seeing shots on goal from various angles. In addition, all 64 games will be available on a catch-up service, along with highlights clips.
    And during the tournament, simultaneous broadcasts on television and online will take place as part of the verification experiment of "Experimental Provision A".