The political, social and cultural contexts of television documentaries produced
by local stations are multi-layered. The contents are determined by not
only regional but also national agencies. This paper will focus on documentaries
on the great fire of Itoigawa, geishas in Furumachi and marginal settlements,
all of which are produced by one of Niigata’s local stations, TeNY. Comparing
the original version and a variant broadcast as content for the NNN documentary
series on a national network, we will analyse the process through which
the contents are reorganized.