News Corp has confirmed its Japanese plans, with a new business unit of News Broadcasting Japan set up to launch a satellite broadcasting channel (or channels) after 2011.

The Japanese government will start the applications process for new capacity which will become available on broadcast satellite after digitalisation, set for 2011. Between 10 and 20 new channels are expected to become available.

The new unit, BS Fox, has an initial investment of US$92,865 from News Broadcasting Japan which already offers a number of pay-TV channels in the country from the News Corp stable.