Rick is talking Sumo Wrestling this week as the national pastime of Japan will have highlight shows now available in the U.S. in a growing number of markets via NHK World TV. NHK WORLD TV, Japan’s English language channel, is proud to announce its partnership with PBS Charlotte (WTVI) based in Charlotte, North Carolina. PBS Charlotte joins New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle as NHK WORLD TV partners in distributing its Japanese lifestyle and news programming.
NHK WORLD TV is a 24/7 English language public network featuring original television programming from NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). NHK WORLD TV, in HD, delivers a unique and diverse blend of programming featuring hourly live international news from Tokyo and news bureaus around the globe and programs on Japanese society, politics, scientific advancement, culture, history, food and lifestyle.
“We are delighted about this partnership with PBS Charlotte and are very excited to be a part of the Charlotte community,” said Mr. Yoshihiko Shimizu, President and CEO of JIB (Japan International Broadcasting Inc.), a subsidiary of NHK. “PBS Charlotte provides a unique outlet for viewers to be educated, inspired and entertained. This partnership allows the Charlotte community to gain a worldly perspective on Japanese and Asian culture and news.”
From its start in 1965, WTVI PBS Charlotte has served citizens in Mecklenburg and twelve surrounding counties for over 50 years. It is the only PBS station licensed and based in the Charlotte region. The station offers high quality, noncommercial, educational programs and services that range from award-winning children’s programming and groundbreaking documentaries to original performances and informative local public service programs.
“PBS Charlotte is thrilled to be part of the NHK WORLD family and we are thrilled to bring its diverse programming to our Charlotte community which encompasses over 1.1 million households in 13 counties,” said Amy Burkett, general manager of PBS Charlotte. “PBS Charlotte strives to expand its viewer’s options and this partnership accomplishes that goal.”
Jay Campbell: President of CAV International and I am the USA representative for NHK WORLD TV. Background is as one of the original cable network founders, I am also a producer. We handle distribution of the channel as well as promotion and PR duties in the USA.
Nanao Akanuma: Is the Manager of USA Distribution for JIB, the NHK subsidiary responsible for the channel worldwide. Her background at JIB and NHK also was as a coordinator at NHK International newsgathering and network operations.