NHK’s coverage of last year’s Great East Japan Earthquake won the Judges’ Award at the Television Journalism Awards 2010/2011 from the Royal Television Society in the UK, on Feb 22.
The RTS Television Journalism Awards honor creative and excellent journalism in UK news and current affairs, both by organizations broadcasting in the UK and by companies which supply UK news broadcasters.
Presenting the award, RTS commented: “On Friday 11th March, a huge earthquake hit Japan, measuring a massive 9 on the Richter scale. With the help of their 14 helicopters and 70 satellite trucks, NHK provided extraordinary live coverage of the enormous tsunami wave as it came ashore, engulfing everything -- fields, farms, ports and whole villages and towns -- all along Japan’s north east coast.
"Broadcasters in the UK and around the world took these dramatic pictures from NHK. It was the first time that we had been able to broadcast pictures of the full power of a tsunami from the air and live as it happened.”© Japan Today