Welcome to BPO
Chairperson of the Board
As we enter the era of the “New Normal” where unpredictable changes occur on a daily basis, it is
time to re-examine existing habits and values to create a more sustainable society. The duty and
purpose of broadcasting are becoming ever more important, as the essential information it provides
will be key in the development of a truly mature and independent society.
BPO was established by broadcasters who recognized this public duty and created a system whereby a third-party organization would give opinions on their programming to continue improving the quality of broadcasting. BPO’s principal activities as an independent third-party organization include promoting higher ethical standards in broadcasting to protect the viewers’ human rights as well as the healthy development of children, while ensuring freedom of speech and expression.
Based on this principle and spirit, I trust that the broadcasters and BPO will demonstrate the synergy of their reciprocal relationship, and contribute to the improvement of broadcasting.
BPO is established by the public broadcaster NHK, the national commercial broadcasters association JBA and its members.
- The Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organization (BPO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that serves to protect basic human rights and to improve the quality of broadcasting and promote higher ethical standards while ensuring freedom of speech and expression.
- BPO deals with complaints and ethical issues brought against broadcasting content by conducting investigations into problematic programs and giving recommendations and/or opinions to either all broadcasters or to the broadcaster concerned in order to promote the independence and the autonomy of broadcast.