Mar 18, 2011 • BOSTON

Turn To Public Television For NHK’s Newsline – Providing Up-To-The Minute, Live Reports On The Tragedy in Japan


Specials this coming weekend and daily, live, international news on public television stations nationwide provide coverage to viewers across America.

BOSTON (March 18, 2011) – From the first tremor of last week’s earthquake and the devastating tsunami that followed, millions around the world have witnessed the ongoing crisis in Japan, thanks to the cameras and the reporting from the news team at Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK. Providing photos, video and commentary, NHK’s coverage is delivering up-to-the minute information and an unparalleled view of the human toll and the changing conditions in Japan.

In the United States, public television stations nationwide are providing the news from Japan via NHK’s English, daily news program, NEWSLINE – fed live, several times throughout the day. NEWSLINE also appears daily on public television’s news and documentary channel, WORLD, in select markets.

NHK is producing specials and reports on the crisis, including an in-depth analysis of the failure of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station, the challenges in protecting power plant workers, as well as critical information for residents and the country at large. To help Americans eager for news from this great distance, NHK continues to provide a vital link to the latest developments of this national tragedy.

In addition to NEWSLINE, the public television feeds have included programs being seen in the Japan domestic market with simultaneous English translation. This unique view of news that the Japanese people are seeing provides a far more intimate perspective on the events unfolding in that country.

On Saturday and again on Sunday there will be specials airing on America’s public television stations. Check local listings for NEWSLINE, the international, daily news program distributed by American Public Television.

About Japan International Broadcasting, Inc.:
Japan International Broadcasting Inc. (JIB), a subsidiary of NHK, is responsible for the worldwide distribution of the HD English language news/lifestyle program “NHK World TV”, as well as the Japanese language program “NHK World Premium.” Currently, the two channels are broadcast around the world on three international satellites and reach households, hotels and others via DTH, cable, IPTV and terrestrial broadcast in over 120 countries.

About NHK:
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan's sole public broadcaster, operating the country's largest national and international television network. In Japan, NHK offers five TV channels (two terrestrial; three satellite, one of them dedicated to HDTV), and three radio services. NHK also operates two international television channels NHK WORLD TV (English, HD, 24/7) and NHK WORLD PREMIUM (Japanese,24/7) and offers international radio services in 18 languages. NHK WORLD TV can be viewed by more than 130 million households worldwide.

About APT
American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. In 2010, APT distributed nearly half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, A Ripple of Hope, Rick Steves' Europe, Newsline, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, America's Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia's Italy, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, Rosemary & Thyme, The Rat Pack: Live and Swingin’, Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful! and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched CreateŽ – the TV channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD™ channel expansion project including its web presence at WORLDcompass.org. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org. For more information on Create, visit CreateTV.com.

Contact:
Communications and press inquiries:
Jamie Haines
American Public Television
p: 617-338-4455 x. 129
e-mail: Jamie_Haines@APTonline.org

For program details:
Tom Davison
American Public Television
p: 617-338-4455 x. 160
e-mail: Tom_Davison@APTonline.org


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