Go programs on Japanese TV
There are several Go programs on TV in Japan.
- The NHK Sunday Go Program (Igo no jikan) on NHK Education (channel 3) at 1200 to 1400 on Sundays. The program has two parts: The Igo Focus? (including NHK Lecture) for 30 minutes, followed by the NHK Cup. The prime time slot, following the shogi program from 1000-1200 shows how popular Go is in Japan, though the average rating is ~1%. Igo Focus is rerun on Friday at 1500. Before 2012, the program dealt with both Igo and Shogi, under the names 'Igo-Shogi Weekly/Journal/Focus'.
Subscription-based specialized channel. Various programs on Go (and Shogi) such as news, lectures, tournaments, game commentaries, tsumego problems. you can view these programs free of charge on the first Sunday of each month.
- NHK satellite channel (BS2) used to have live coverages on big title matches Kisei, Honinbo, and Meijin. Now only digest programs are broadcast occasionally.
- There used to be a program on TV Tokyo (channel 12) at 0545 to 0615 on Sundays, with three quickplay tournaments round the year.
April to October: JAL Super Hayago
October to January: JAL Ladies Hayago
January to March: JAL Shin'ei Hayago
This has now been discontinued after 36 years.