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Sister city's TV station to cover Summit (June 24, 2008)

Tracy Barry (right) and Richard Kurz discuss coverage of the Summit in the studio

PORTLAND - Staff from KGW TV in Sapporo's sister city of Portland, Oregon, are to visit Japan to cover the Hokkaido Toyako Summit at the invitation of the Japanese government. The station plans to interview exchange students from Portland in Sapporo, and will broadcast live coverage of relations between the two cities in addition to images of the rich natural environment around Lake Toya.

KGW is an affiliate of NBC, one of the three major television networks in the U.S. Three staff members, including Tracy Barry, a 52 year-old newscaster, and Richard Kurz, a 37 year-old producer, will arrive in Japan on July 1. They are scheduled to visit Kobe and other cities to inspect anti-earthquake measures before staying in Sapporo from July 4 to 6, where they will interview exchange students and cover restaurants offering microbrew beer originating in Oregon.

Barry said, "People in Oregon are very interested in Japan because there are more Japanese companies in Oregon than in other states. I'm sure we can create some great content for viewers." Live coverage of G8 Summit meetings will be shown, as well as views of landscapes and streetscapes around Lake Toya. They also plan a feature program after returning home.

The major media from each country will visit Hokkaido to cover the Summit, but the Japanese government has also invited eight overseas TV stations to promote the venue for the event. KGW is the only U.S. station to have been invited. According to the Japanese Consulate General in Portland, KGW has been selected because it actively reports on environmental problems, the main issue of the Summit.

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