NHK to Cut Online Service Budget

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, said Monday that it will cut its budget for online services including simultaneous broadcasting of television programs on the internet, as requested by the communications ministry.

The public broadcaster said it will stick to the current ceiling on its online budget of 2.5 pct of its viewing fee revenues for fiscal 2020, which begins next April.

NHK also said it will reduce the number of its satellite TV channels from the current four to three, as part of efforts to streamline operations.

The broadcaster initially aimed to start online simulcasting next March but now plans to start it in earnest in April following a trial during fiscal 2019.

NHK said it reported these policies to the ministry on Sunday.

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