Commissioner Sessions - 30 Minutes with NHK

by Ben Morris French

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, prides itself on producing a range of genres in both 4 and 8K. Of its content, 80% is produced in-house, and NHK currently broadcasts over 3 wildlife slots.

NHK, which has always identified itself to audiences by the English pronunciation of its initials, is a publicly owned corporation funded by viewers' payments of a television license fee.

Nature Wonderland is a weekly 30-minute show, focusing on one species per episode, as a 4K, family-friendly format, utilising advances in technology. Mr Beard, a cartoon character based on Charles Darwin, appears throughout the episodes, asking questions to drive the narrative. NHK commission 1-2 episodes per year as co-pros.

NHK’s one-hour blue chip series, Wildlife, broadcasts weekly, and NHK develops English language versions for international sale.

The third slot for natural history content consists of one hour specials, broadcast sporadically throughout the year.

Although budgets could not be discussed, ideas should be sent to Tetsunori Kikuchi, at


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