September 9, 2020 Status of Revenues and Expenses of Private Broadcasters in FY2019

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has recently summarized the state of the fiscal 2019 revenues and expenses of private broadcasters.

1. Overview

The fiscal 2019 state of the revenues and expenses is outlined as follows:

Terrestrial basic broadcasters

As for terrestrial basic broadcasters (excluding community broadcasters), their sales and operating income decreased (down 3.3% and 27.3%, respectively, year-on-year).
As for community broadcasters*, their sales increased(up 1.1% year-on-year), and operating income decreased from that of the previous year.

  • *
    The above data excludes data on businesses whose settlement dates have not yet arrived.

Satellite broadcasters

As for satellite broadcasters (satellite basic broadcasters and satellite general broadcasters), the operating revenue of their satellite broadcasting business increased (up 0.1% year-on-year), and the operating income decreased (down 1.5% year-on-year).

Cable television broadcasters

For cable television broadcasters*, both operating revenue (down 0.4% year-on-year) and operating income (down 15.5% year-on-year) of their cable TV business decreased year-on-year.

  • *
    Data excludes broadcasters that use the IP multicast method among registered general broadcasters (limited to commercial corporations) and perform independent broadcasts with wired telecommunications equipment.


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