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NHK to cut monthly TV fee

Wednesday 26 Oct 2011
NHK said on Tuesday that its board of governors approved a business plan that includes a cut in its monthly television subscription fee by up to ¥120 (US$1.58) from next October, Kyodo reports.

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The viewership fee cut is the first by NHK since 1968, when the radio subscription fee that had been included was terminated. The monthly fee now stands at ¥1,345 (US$17.74) for viewers of terrestrial broadcasting alone. Viewers of satellite broadcasting are required to pay an additional ¥945 (US$12.46) per month.

NHK’s three-year business plan through fiscal 2014 projects that the fee cut would still allow the broadcaster to break even in fiscal 2012 from next April.

It would leave it ¥4.7 billion (US$62 million) in the red in the 2013 fiscal year and ¥1 billion (US$13.2 million) in the black in the 2014 fiscal year.