NHK’s Great East Japan Earthquake Emergency News has won this year’s international Emmy Award for news. The announcement was made at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards Gala in New York on Monday.
On March 11, 2011, the largest earthquake in the country’s history struck Japan, generating a devastatingly, destructive tsunami. NHK was immediately on the scene, covering the first moments of the disaster as it happened, providing continuous up‐to‐the minute coverage and keeping the public informed.
Within 90 seconds of the earthquake, NHK shifted all TV channels and radio broadcasts to disaster coverage, repeating the call for evacuation and conveying essential information to protect property and save lives. NHK continued broadcasting this coverage for eight days on its main channel.
NHK last won an international Emmy in 2011 for "Back from the Brink: Inside the Chilean Mine Disaster."© Japan Today