NHK President


Summary of Press Conference (December, 2018)

  • On the launch of the BS4K and BS8K channels

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda, President)

    The two new channels have got off to a good start, broadcasting without any major issues. As well as a real feeling of 'finally, a new era has begun', it has also renewed our will to make sure the value of broadcasting is properly communicated to all our viewers.

    On December 1st, with the event at Stream Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo and with viewings at regional stations and facilities across the country, a large number of people were able to experience 8K and 4K. With the aim of as many people as possible enjoying the formats, we will work even harder at measures to speed up their spread.

    At year-end, 8K public viewings of the "Kohaku (NHK Red and White Singing Contest)" will be held. It is scheduled to be shown on a big screen in the Tokyo Midtown Hibiya complex and at some of the regional stations across the country. In addition, exciting programs will also be shown in January. On BS8K in January, there will be a focus on programming related to art and culture. Beginning on January 1st, a large-scale series "Tutankhamun no Hiho (Secret Treasures of Tutankhamun)" will be broadcast over three days, while "Jikan o Koeru Kagayaki – Sekai Saikoho no Hoshoku Maison (The Timeless Sparkle – The World's Greatest Jewelers)" will take a detailed look at the techniques of stone setting work carried out by an artisan at a jewelers shop in Paris which has a history of more than 200 years. These and other programs will allow viewers to enjoy the fine details of precious artworks and cultural artefacts through ultra-high-definition footage. Going forward, we will work toward spreading 4K and 8K broadcasting and creating content.

  • On the year since the “NHK Group Work Style Reform Declaration”

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    In December last year, the "NHK Group Work Style Reform Declaration" was announced and the health of employees has been the priority over this past 12 months, the NHK group has come together as one, and we have created an organizational culture where people are not asked to work long hours and taken measures to implement operational reforms. The death of Ms. Miwa Sado from overwork was taken extremely seriously, and we are moving forward with reforms that will prevent the loss of another of our colleagues who work together with us to support public broadcasting.
    With measures being implemented at each of our working locations, the reforms are steadily bearing results. One part of that is the number of days off taken by reporters, which despite the natural disasters that occurred one after another in the first half of the fiscal year, has increased by 2.4 days compared to the same period last year. We are also moving ahead proactively to reduce the overnight shifts of reporters at regional broadcast stations in a step by step manner, while continuing to make preparations for them to respond to emergency situations. This is being achieved by combining reporting operations with neighboring regional broadcast stations when necessary, which has been made possible at around 40 stations.
    And in terms of the production of programs, from April this year, a basic rule of finishing recording by 10 p.m. at NHK's own studios has been introduced, which has been achieved around 90% of the time at headquarters.
    For the second year of the reform declaration, the revised Labor Standards Act will come into effect in April 2019, and we will abide by the new regulations and aim toward realizing a new way of working. Going forward, with me taking the lead on this, the whole organization will come together as one and move ahead even further with measures to build a creative working environment where mental and physical health is protected.

  • On it being 60 years since the start of educational TV broadcasting

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    Educational TV, which is known by the fond nickname 'E-Tere', is heading toward the 60th anniversary of its broadcast start on January 10th next year. Educational TV was launched with the aim of facilitating education, with a focus on programs for elementary and junior high school students that could be used in school lessons. From there it has expanded to include programs that appeal to a wide age range, covering various topics such as hobbies and culture, as well as those related to well-being. To celebrate the 60th anniversary next month, characters from Educational TV history will be presented through quilting and sewing, mixed in with nostalgic footage from the channel from down the years in a special program. 20 quilters will create characters, including Niko Niko Pun from "Oka-san to Issho (With Mother)", that bring back memories from the channel's history. Also appearing in the studio for the program will be the characters Gonta-kun, Hani-maru and Ganko-chan, as well as Ririna Yamazaki, who played Kan-chan in the serial morning drama "Hanbun Aoi (Half Blue Sky)". Through the prism of characters that have been loved by viewers down the years, the program will provide a fresh look at the channel as it marks its 60th anniversary.
    Educational TV's flagship program "Oka-san to Issho (With Mother)", aimed at young children, is also heading toward its 60th anniversary in October next year. NHK's Educational TV, as part of a public media, will continue to deliver programs that contribute to developing well-rounded children, who are our future, as well as programming that answers the needs of a wide age range of viewers who want to 'learn' and 'know', with a variety of high-quality content.

  • On the outlook for expected business performance in the fourth period of the current fiscal year

    (Comments by Ryoichi Ueda)

    In the fourth period of the current fiscal year the total number of receiving contracts is set to increase by 675,000, which would represent 157% of our annual target of 430,000. The number of satellite contracts is set to increase by 541,000, which would represent 93.3% of our annual target of 580,000. Going forward, we will explain thoroughly our role as a public broadcaster and the reasons for the receiving fee system to all our viewers as we work to raise the payment rate.