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.
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.
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.
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>.
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.