Radio: Hopalong in Nippon?

The only television station in Japan (NHK) is owned by the Japanese government. In the year or so that it has been going, it has been telecasting one night a week—lectures, political speeches, an occasional string quartet. There are only about 500 viewers in Japan; they all have home-built sets. Last week the lucky 500 heard good news: the Nippon Television Network Corp. (backed by a group of newspapers) applied for a license, and announced that it would begin competition with NHK early next year.

N.T.N.C. will rely almost entirely on U.S. technicians and equipment at first, plans to show plays, movies,...

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