In nearly every part of the world, some satellite
carries NHK news.
The news are never scrambled - but otherwise Sumo
The news schedule here is from JSTV.
on ASTRA in Europe, Central European (Summer) Time.
Wether in your area daily NHK Sumo coverage is
- or maybe the Asahi TV Sumo Digest -
and at what conditions, you have to check for
NHK news broadcasts are usually live or one hour
You can watch the news on JSTV from ASTRA 1D, 10
773 GHz or digital 11.023 GHz. Horizontal
7.02 Stereo, Japanese only (or English in case of
English news like
7.20 Bilingual, English sub channel (or Japanese with
"Japan This Day")
7.38 Mono, English, sub channel empty
First Sumo results are on News7, bilingual (Mo-Fr,
The sports corner usually is somewhere between :25
While the Basho is going on, sumo is usually first.
2 to 4 bouts are shown (90% with Ozeki or Yokozuna),
the complete Makunouchi results, sometimes interviews
or an (Mihogaseki-)oyakata comment on one bout.
Those days when Sumo was in the headlines are scarce
now. Mentioned at the beginning of the news is soccer
now, but still mainly baseball.
News9, bilingual (Mo-Fr, 14:00-14:15),
has a short sports corner, mainly a repeat of News7,
nearly never a different bout to be seen - but it
NHK newswatch in English has a very short Sumo
corner, showing the top results only and one bout
near the end of the Mo-Fr 14:35-15:00 program.
News10 (Mo-Fr, 15:00-16:00, Japanese only)
usually also shows one or two different bouts.
The previous program News11 had an extensive analysis
Background information on Sumo may be shown on some
days, e. g. about building the Dohyo, doing the Shiko
The quality of News10 in respect of sumo has still to
be evaluated at their first basho coverage in May.
Ohayo Nippon (00:00-00:45), the morning news are
also Japanese only.
They sometimes have a sumo special, like how is
Mainoumi doing, or how much different Kimarite from
Kyokushuzan, but mostly it is just one already shown
bout of the day.
Last News11 female caster Aoyama is doing the sports
corner. Sports is somewhere between :15 and :25.
Midday news (7:00-7:20) may only say something
announced absence because of injury.
But on the day after the basho, the morning interview
with the winner is shown. Between Basho, this
programm may even carry more Sumo than the later news,
e.g. on Banzuke presentation day, official training
day, new entrant day.
News7 and 9 are shorter, no News10.
NHK weekly news on Saturday 7:15 - 8:00 have a recap
of the week and sometimes even show new scenes.
Weekly news for children on Sunday 9:03 - 9:35
mention Sumo occasionally.
Ohayo Nippon is only till 0:30 (Saturday) for Friday
Other news usually don't cover Sumo !
On the scrambled side (except for those who pay
the big JSTV fee):
NHK Makunouchi Sumo so far was daily from around
14:30 to 15:45 CEST (after the results on News7 and 9),
bilingual: you may still have the chance to hear
KONISHIKI (or Junko Kubo) in English on one day.
The coverage starts after the first bouts.
Just hearing the full sound of Sumo is better than
Some (Oguruma-)oyakata comments can be heard on
the Saturday 19:30-20:00 and Sunday 19:00-20:00