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NHK World TV English-Language News Net Launches In NYC

NHK World TV, a 24-hour English-language news channel from the independent Japanese broadcaster, launches on WRNN and Time Warner Cable in the New York City market today (April 20).

The programming service is on a dedicated over-the-air channel (48.5) and in high definition to Time Warner Cable subscribers on channel 771 in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island and on channel 792 in Bergen County, N.J., and New York's Hudson Valley.

The channel's focus will include Japanese topics (for which NHK recently won a Peabody Award for its English-language tsunami coverage) and as a gateway for Asia-wide news and trends, especially now that many U.S. media outlets have closed their Tokyo bureaus to cut costs, representatives said.

RNN also will air Newsline, NHK World TV's 30-minute newscast covering Japan, Asian and international news on WRNN-TV weekdays at 7 p.m.
NHK World TV is already available on a fulltime basis in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., according to NHK, and on a programs, series or specials basis in about 80% of the country, mostly on public television stations.