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NEWS WATCH 9 (ニュースウオッチ9), stylized as NEWS WATCH 9 is the flagship evening news program of the public Japanese broadcaster, NHK. It airs weekdays on NHK General Television and worldwide on NHK World Premium and is also available on the networks video-on-demand service. Currently, it is presented by Yoshio Arima and Maho Kuwako. The program has been broadcast by the network since 1961, although it has been using its current title only from 2006.

NEWS WATCH 9
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NEWS WATCH 9 logo (2011-2015)
Presented byYoshio Arima
Maho Kuwako
Original language(s)Japanese (main audio)
English (second audio)
Production
Production location(s)NHK Broadcasting Center, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Running time60 minutes
Release
Original networkNHK G
NHK World Premium
Picture format1080i (HDTV 16:9)
Original releaseApril 3, 2006 –
present
Chronology
Preceded byNHK NEWS 9 (1993-2006)
NHK NEWS 10 (2000-2006)

It is broadcast on weekdays, from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm (JST), and features national and international news, commentary, sports and weather. Unlike most newscasts, NW9 prohibits the use of full scripts and limits the use of teleprompters.

Contents

HistoryEdit

NEWS WATCH 9 was conceived as a part of NHK G reformatting. It replaced two news programs; NHK NEWS 9 and NHK NEWS 10, the former being a fifteen-minute broadcast and the latter a popular 55-minute news magazine program. Aside from consolidating the two shows into a single, one-hour newscast, the new show was put into the 9:00 pm time slot, when most Japanese are at home and awake.[1]

The show was launched on April 3, 2006, and was presented by Hideo Yanagisawa, who provided the commentary, and newsreader, Toshie Ito. Yanagisawa left the program on October 31, 2007, due to complications of lung disease. The commentary was provided by several NHK NEWS contributors, before Hidetoshi Fujisawa joined the program two weeks later, on November 19. Ito and Fujisawa left news program on March 28, 2008. The show relaunched on March 31, 2008, with a new set and updated graphics, with Goro Taguchi and former News Watch sportscaster Yuko Aoyama providing commentary and news respectively. Kensuke Okoshi is the current commentator, replacing Taguchi on March 29, 2010. In April 2011, Yuko Aoyama was replacing for Asahi Inoue. On March 30, 2015, Okoshi and Inoue are replaced by Kenji Kono and Naoko Suzuki. On April 3, 2017, they were replaced by NEWS CHECK 11 hosts, Maho Kuwako and Yoshio Arima which previously they left the show.

ChronologyEdit

The table lists the chronology of programs 9:00 pm NHK news programs.

Title Air date Time slot
NHK Today's News (NHKきょうのニュース) 1961/04 - 1963/03 21:30 - 22:00 (30 min.)
1963/04 - 1964/03 21:30 - 21:40 (10 min.)
NHK NEWS (NHKニュース) 1964/04 - 1969/03 21:00 - 21:18 (18 min.)
1969/04 - 1972/03 21:30 - 21:55 (25 min.)
1972/04 - 1974/03 21:00 - 21:15 (15 min.)
NEWS CENTER 9 (ニュースセンター9) 1974/04 - 1988/03 21:00 - 21:40 (40 min.)
NHK NEWS TODAY (NHKニュースTODAY) 1988/04 - 1988/09 21:00 - 22:20 (80 min.)
1988/10 - 1990/03 21:00 - 22:00 (60 min.)
NHK NEWS 21 (NHKニュース21) 1990/04 - 1993/03 21:00 - 22:00 (60 min.)
NHK NEWS 9 (NHKニュース9) 1993/04 - 2000/03 21:00 - 21:30 (30 min.)
2000/04 - 2006/03 21:00 - 21:15 (15 min.)
NEWS WATCH 9 (ニュースウオッチ9) 2006/04 - Present 21:00 - 22:00 (60 min.)

PresentersEdit

Main Presenters

  • Yoshio Arima - Presenter (April 2017 – Present)
  • Maho Kuwako - News reader (April 2017 – Present)
  • Hideo Yanagisawa (April 2006 - October 2007)
  • Hidetoshi Fujisawa (November 2007 - March 2008)
  • Toshie Ito - News reader(April 2006 - March 2008)
  • Yuko Aoyama - (March 2008 - March 2011)
  • Goro Taguchi (March 2008 - March 2010)
  • Kensuke Ōkoshi - Presenter (March 2010 - March 2015)
  • Asahi Inoue - News reader (April 2011 - March 2015)
  • Kenji Kōno - Presenter (March 2015 – March 2017)
  • Naoko Suzuki - News reader (March 2015 – March 2017)

Correspondents

  • Nozomi Kurihara (April 2017 – Present)
  • Sayuri Hori (April 2017 – Present)
  • Masayuki Sanjou (March 2015 – March 2017)
  • Daisuke Kobayashi (March 2015 – March 2017)
  • Izumi Tanaka (March 2015 – March 2017)

Sports Presenters

  • Tadayuki Ichihashi (April 2017 – Present)
  • Aya Sasaki (March 2015 – March 2017)

Weather

  • Kimiharu Saita (April 2016 – Present)
  • Hiroko Ida (April 2011 – March 2016)

International BroadcastEdit

The program is available on NHK World Premium and TV Japan. It was also available on its global news and information channel, NHK World until January 30, 2009, where it was aired with an English voice-over.

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