|After the launch of digital satellite broadcasting, NHK introduced a new broadcasting service featuring digital Hi-Vision (HDTV) broadcasts and various functions. In the 21st century, NHK will continue to provide people-friendly television that can be viewed anywhere, anytime.|
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The dawn of the 21st century was marked by a shocking and infamous event. At 10:03 p.m. (Japan Time) on September 11, 2001 the news program NHK News 10 broadcast live footage of the moment when a second plane hi-jacked that day by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. The program continued with live coverage of the Pentagon in flames, and horrendous images of the World Trade Center collapsing. Through television, people around the world witnessed the worst act of terrorism in history.
Subsequent events, including the war on Afghanistan's Taliban regime, were also covered live making use of cell phones and mobile satellite communication technology, including videophones. This resulted in a sharp increase in the audience share for NHK news.
Right from the start, NHK sought to air reports in a calm and objective manner, covering developments from the perspective of terrorism vs. civilization, rather than Islam vs. the West. Fresh coverage was supported by many programs designed to deliver sober commentary and in-depth analysis. Within a month, four editions of NHK Special and 16 editions of Todays Close- up had been devoted to the issue, as had programs on Educational TV. This comprehensive approach resulted in far-reaching, multi-faceted coverage of 9/11 and its aftermath.
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