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Japan extends analog TV transmission

Broadcasters had sought a transition period

Tokyo — Michisada Hirose, chairman of Japan’s National Assn. of Commercial Broadcasters, said Thursday that analog broadcasts will continue until July 24, 2011 — three weeks past the official cut-off.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications had wanted analog broadcasts to cease at the end of June, but commercial broadcasters want to ease viewers into the change with a three-week transition period.

Back in April the two sides reached a general agreement on the transition, but the content of broadcasts during the time was still under debate. On Thursday, however, Hirose clarified that analog broadcasts would continue along with digital.

He also announced that 41 of 127 TV stations in Japan sustained losses in fiscal 2009, while 31 of 101 radio stations also finished the year in the red, slightly down from the previous year.

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