General Managing Director
The Hoso Bunka Foundation has built up its over 40-year history since its establishment in February 1974. I believe, in this period, the foundation has contributed to the development and improvement of broadcasting culture through its activities such as “providing grants for broadcast-related research projects,” “offering honorable recognition for outstanding programs” and “cultivating human resources engaged in program production”.
The HBF Grant program has supported approximately 3900 projects in total at home and abroad, and the HBF Prize has been awarded to approximately 1050 broadcast programs and technological development projects. In addition, since 1996, the HBF, together with regional broadcasters, has actively engaged in “regional forums for producers” that is now held in five districts in Japan, by adding another district in November last year. These forums provide a valuable opportunity for program producers to exchange views with each other beyond the boundaries between organizations such as NHK and commercial broadcasters. We would continue our efforts to make this program that is unique to the HBF even more content-rich.
Following the completion of the switch over to digital terrestrial broadcasting, a further move toward the 4K/8K broadcasting has been accelerated. The 4K/8K Ultra High-Definition satellite broadcasting, currently in a test phase, is scheduled to move to practical broadcasting in December this year. In the rapidly changing environment surrounding broadcasting, as seen in the evolution of the convergence between broadcasting and communications, we intend to continue our efforts to be responsive to “the way the diversifying broadcasting culture should be”.
“Owls,” like the one depicted in the HBF logo are considered a “wise creature of the forest,” as well as a “symbol of wisdom”. As owls do, with “our eyes wide open” and “our ears straining,” we will make efforts to contribute to the development and improvement of broadcasting culture. We would appreciate your continued support.