KBS World

KBS World is Korean Broadcasting System's international broadcasting service. It consists of KBS World Radio, KBS World television channel and KBS World 24.

KBS World
KBS World (2009).svg
CountrySouth Korea
Broadcast areaInternational
NetworkKorean Broadcasting System
SloganAlways Yours
HeadquartersContent Business Department,13, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Programming
Language(s)Korean (with multiple language subtitles)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerKorean Broadcasting System
Sister channelsKBS1
KBS2
History
Launched1 July 2003
Links
Websitekbsworld.kbs.co.kr

HistoryEdit

The foreign-language radio broadcast from KBS (before its restructure into a public broadcaster in March 1973) was started as "The Voice of Free Korea" in 1953. It officially became a part of KBS in July 1968. The station was renamed Radio Korea in March 1973, and then Radio Korea International in August 1994.

In July 2003, KBS World, an international television channel aimed at Koreans abroad, started broadcasting. In March 2005, Radio Korea International became KBS World Radio. Most of the programs are subtitled for the audience they are broadcast to, in languages such as English, Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Indonesian.

ServicesEdit

RadioEdit

KBS World Radio is South Korea's sole foreign language promotional broadcast for the entire world. Its programming features news, culture, music, entertainment, as well as Korean lessons.

KBS World Radio currently broadcasts in Korean, English, Japanese, French, Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, Indonesian, Arabic, German and Vietnamese and Cantonese.

TelevisionEdit

KBS World's TV programming is sourced from KBS's domestic television services. It mainly broadcast in Korean, but subtitles in English, Malay and Chinese are also provided.

There are four separate general entertainment KBS World services operated by KBS's subsidiaries tailored to specific markets: the Japanese version of KBS World, operated by KBS Japan, targets Japanese audiences, the Indonesian version of KBS World, operated by OKTN, targets Indonesian audiences, while KBS America (in English) and KBS Latino (in Spanish) target audiences in North and South America.

 
Former KBS World logo used from 2003 to 2009

Additionally, KBS World 24 is a news and documentary channel that is available for free online.

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