Japan’s NHK to trim auds’ TV dues

Pubcaster plannning small fee cut

TOKYO — Pubcaster NHK is planning a slight cut in the fees it charges viewers, management committee chairman Shigetaka Komori said Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, Komori said NHK execs have several options under the five-year management plan. The most likely is a 50 yen (61¢) cut in the basic receiving fee, with another 61¢ discount given to viewers paying through bank transfers. The current NHK standard receiving fee for color TVs is $22.87 a month.

However, the reduction is nowhere near the 20% cut communications minister Yoshihide Suga has repeatedly demanded before he will give ministry support for a crackdown on nonpayers, whose numbers have risen steeply in the wake of scandals involving NHK producers pocketing production funds.

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