KBS

KBS is the leading
public service broadcaster of Korea
The Korean Broadcasting System is the flagship public service broadcaster of Korea. As the key public service broadcaster of Korea,
KBS has undertaken initiatives at technological turning points while providing a communication channel for diverse views and accurate news that has long been a hallmark of the nation’s top broadcaster.
KBS is a pioneer in South Korea’s rapidly evolving media environment, ushering in the nation’s first radio service in 1927 and its first television service in 1961. KBS completed the transfer to digital broadcasting in 2012 and launched the world’s first terrestrial 4K UHD broadcasting in 2017.
KBS’s dedication to values of public service even in an age of rapid changes in the media environment, remains strong.
KBS headquarters are located in the Yeouido district of Seoul. There are 18 regional stations and 11 overseas bureaus as well as eight subsidiary companies such as KBS Media, which manages the local and global marketing of KBS content.
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  • Quality Content
    Quality Content

    In an era of endless competition in the media industry, KBS has shown its strength as a public broadcaster by creating high quality content that is popular with the audience.


    Award-winning Documentaries

    KBS’ award-winning documentaries always gain attention from international audiences for their relevance and depth. <The Next Human> explored the universal values of mankind while <Journey on Foot> captured people on spiritual pilgrimages on three continents.


    Globally Popular Content

    Wholesome and family oriented, KBS weekend dramas are popular with the audience because they deal with current social issues and intricate relationships among ordinary people, which are all topics viewers can relate to. Meanwhile, KBS entertainment and variety shows provide wholesome laughter and fun for both young and old. <Two Days and One Night>, <The Return of Superman> and <Music Bank> remain popular with domestic and international audiences. offering a wide variety of choices and new experiences.


    KBS World at the Center of Korean Wave

    KBS World is spreading the Korean Wave to audiences around the globe. KBS World TV now reaches 58 million households in 100 countries around the world while KBS World Radio airs in 11 different languages, seeking to strengthen friendly ties and understanding of Korea among people in the global community.


  • News & Sports
    News & Sports

    KBS news and sports coverage is Korea’s most trusted and influential. KBS News has consistently been ranked as the top news program in the nation in terms of reliability and viewership. KBS also fulfills its role as the primary broadcaster for national disasters, allowing the public to stay informed with current news and updates in times of emergency.


    Korea’s No.1 News Channel

    KBS’ signature evening news program, <News 9>, is the most influential and trusted news program in Korea, drawing twice the number of viewers compared to rival news programs. The program’s credibility and influence is the result of fair reporting and the selection of timely and relevant news issues.


    Digital First Strategy & Integrated Newsroom

    The KBS Digital Newsroom created under our Integrated News Room has helped to digitalize the entire news production process from news gathering to editing and transmission. The system has been designed to facilitate the transition from broadcast to services in consideration of the increased use of new media platforms.


    Future Broadcast Center

    KBS plans to start building the Future Broadcast Center, a new addition to its existing headquarters, from early 2018. The Center will house a UHD digital news studio, a purpose-built studio for entertainment programs, and audience-friendly facilities.

  • New Media & Future Direction
    New Media & Future Direction

    KBS is investing in the future to become the next-generation broadcasting and media services leader. KBS launched the world’s first terrestrial 4K UHD broadcasting network. Also, KBS is providing free and universal services for the audience through various media platforms such as the my K app.


    UHD Takes TV Viewing to New Level

    KBS launched terrestrial 4K UHD broadcasting in May 2017. The launch makes KBS the first in the world to air regular terrestrial UHD broadcasts. It is also the first-ever deployment of ATSC 3.0 which is hailed as the next generation broadcasting television standard. The upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be a valuable opportunity for KBS to present its state-of-the-art broadcast technology to the world.


    PyeongChang Winter Olympics Coverage in UHD

    During the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, KBS brought the action to its audiences in Ultra High Definition (UHD). KBS captured the biggest moments of the Winter Games across TV, radio and digital from the slopes and arenas in PyeongChang.


    Pioneer of VR Technology

    Virtual reality has been changing both the production and consumption of media content. VR offers new opportunities for news and content production as it allows active audience engagement with the content itself. KBS has been producing a number of VR prototype content in popular programs such as <Music Bank>, <News 9> and <Gag Concert>.

  • Global Cooperation
    Global Cooperation

    In the rapidly changing global media environment, KBS continues to expand cooperative ties with the world’s leading broadcasters. To date, KBS has made partnership agreements with 72 broadcasters in 48 countries. KBS has also strengthened its role in international broadcasting organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), Public Broadcasters International (PBI) and International Public Television (INPUT)


    KBS Global Leadership

    KBS has a long history of supporting public service broadcasting around the world. In 2018, KBS hosts the Public Broadcasters International conference in Seoul to provide an opportunity for public broadcasters to envision future strategies. KBS also works extensively in leadership positions with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) to establish mid-to-long-term development plans to promote broadcasting development in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Our history
    KBS
    • 1926Established Kyeongseong Broadcasting Corporatiotn
    • 1927Started first radio broadcasting in Korea (JODK)
    • 1973Founded the Korean Broadcasting System KBS
    • 1980Launched 2TV and Radio2
    • 1983Live Special < The Reunion of the Separated Families >
    • 1988Host Broadcaster of the Seoul Olympic Games
    • 2001Terrestrial digital TV broadcasting
    • 2002The official broadcaster of the Korea-Japan World Cup
    • 2003Opened global satellite station KBS World
    • 2017Launched terrestrial 4K UHD TV
    • 2018Hosts the PBI 2018