KBS World (TV channel)

KBS World is a South Korean pay television channel operated by Korean Broadcasting System aimed at international audiences outside South Korea. It was launched on 1 July 2003 and mainly broadcast in Korean, but subtitles in English, Chinese and Malay are also provided.

KBS World
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CountrySouth Korea
Broadcast areaInternational
NetworkKorean Broadcasting System
SloganAlways Yours
HeadquartersContent Business Department,13, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Language(s)Korean (with multiple language subtitles)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerKorean Broadcasting System
Sister channelsKBS 1TV
Launched1 July 2003

Apart from the signals from Seoul, there are three separate services operated by KBS's subsidiaries for specific market: 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 the American version of KBS World, operated by KBS America, targets Koreans in North and South America.


Programs on KBS World are sourced from KBS's two domestic television services; KBS1 and KBS2. Just about all genres of programming can be seen in KBS World television service including news, dramas, documentaries and children's programming. Broadcasts mostly in Korean, it also shows an English language news bulletin, KBS World News Today, on weekdays, and other original productions like The Three Colors of Korea.

Sister channelsEdit

KBS World also operates two sister channels:

  • KBS World 24 airs Korean news, current affairs, talkshows, documentaries and culturally-oriented programming for overseas Koreans.
  • KBS World Latino, set up by KBS America, airs entertainment content subtitled or dubbed into Latin Spanish.


KBS World TV also provides live streaming services on its official YouTube channel. Alongside streaming its main feed, it also streams World 24, and maintains a library of past programmes to watch on demand with most available via closed captioning in English and other languages. Opened in 2015, the World TV feed became available online in North America and other countries, particularly those without strict copyright regulations.

On 12 March 2018, KBS World TV's YouTube channel temporarily stopped the World TV online stream to these areas, citing the channel's internal problems. However, the World 24 feed remained available for streaming, as well as select World TV programs.

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