Korean Broadcasting System
|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Korean Wikipedia. (March 2013)|
|Type||Broadcast radio and
|Headquarters||Yeouido, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea|
|Owner||Government of South Korea|
|Launch date||February 16, 1927 (radio)
October 1, 1961 (television)
March 3, 1973 "public broadcasting stations" status
2001 (Digital Television)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Revised Romanization||Han-guk Bangsong Gongsa|
|McCune–Reischauer||Han'guk Pangsong Kongsa|
Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) (Korean: 한국 방송 공사, Hanguk Bangsong Gongsa) is a South Korean radio and television network, founded in 1927. It is the biggest out of the four major South Korean television networks.
- 1 History
- 2 Structure
- 3 Channels
- 4 Logos
- 5 Programs
- 6 Slogans
- 7 KBS World
- 8 Foreign partners
- 9 Controversies
- 9.1 KBS-private broadcasting stations forced merger
- 9.2 KBS Journalists Strikes and Reset KBS News 9
- 9.3 Praising Chinilpa
- 9.4 KBS 2FM Advertisement Scandal
- 9.5 Unfair treatment to Big Bang
- 9.6 Girl groups cheating on charts
- 9.7 Pandora Song leak
- 9.8 Songs Banned by KBS
- 9.9 KBS2 Blackout
- 9.10 Lee Soon-shin controversy
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
KBS began as Kyeongseong Broadcasting Corporation (JODK) that was established by the Governor-General of Korea in Korea on February 16, 1927. This second radio station started using the call sign HLKA in 1947 after the Republic of Korea got the call sign HL of the International Telecommunication Union. After doing a national broadcast, the radio was renamed Seoul Central Broadcasting Station in 1948.
South Korea television broadcasts began on 12 May 1956 with the first television station HLKZ-TV which then commercially and sold to the company in 1961. KBS station status changed from government to public broadcasting station on March 3, 1973. KBS headquarters in Yeouido started construction in 1976. In 1979, KBS radio began broadcasting on the FM wave with the launch of KBS 1FM.
Differing from other public broadcasters in the world that does not accept advertising, apart from television fees, part of KBS revenue also come from advertisers. KBS began to accept advertising in 1980 after the forced merger of some private commercial broadcasting stations like Tongyang Broadcasting Company (TBC), which some consider the forerunner of JTBC, and Dong-A Broadcasting System (DBS), the former body of Channel A, into KBS by the military government. Under the Chun Doo-hwan regime, South Korea's media policy had changed; the regime closed several private commercial radio and television stataions and merged them with KBS. After the merger with Tongyang Broadcasting Company (TBC) and DBS, KBS changed the name of these channels to from DBS to KBS Radio 5 (now a defunct radio station. 792 kHz frequency now owned by Seoul Broadcasting System.) (AM) TBC-FM to KBS 2FM and television station TBC-TV to KBS 2TV in 1980 and created KBS 3TV and Educational FM in 1981.
On December 27, 1990, KBS 3TV and Educational FM split from KBS and changed its name to Educational Broadcasting System (EBS). After the revision of the television fee collection system in 1994, KBS 1TV no longer airs commercials.
KBS is a 'public organization' that, by law, receives public funding from the South Korean government but is independently managed. As mentioned on the South Korean Constitution, the president of KBS is recommended by its board of directors to the President of South Korea. Political parties in South Korea have the right to name members of the board of directors of KBS. Since the President of South Korea usually has leadership over the members of the ruling party, KBS's president is considered to be designated by the President of South Korea. This procedure has incurred worries of political intervention in KBS's governance and has led to many thinking that the current system of recruiting needs to be revised.
Around 37.8% of its revenue comes from a mandatory Television Licence Fee priced at 2,200 won, while 47.6% of the revenue comes from commercial advertisement sales. For national or governmental programs such as International Radio service (KBS World Radio) and the Radio service for physically handicapped people, KBS receives public funds from the South Korean government.
- KBS 1TV - Airs news, current affairs, education, sports, and culture. It launched in 1961 as HLKA-TV. It is known in English as KBS One. KBS 1TV solely runs on license fee and does not show any commercials. It is on national terrestrial digital channel 9. It is similar to BBC One and Nederland 1. KBS 1TV is also showing public information films made by KBS and entertainment programming, but the rest are on KBS 2TV.
- KBS 2TV - Airs entertainment and drama only. It launched in 1980 as a replacement for the defunct Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation, not to be mistaken as TBC-TV (an SBS affiliate in Daegu, South Korea), which merged with KBS. It is known as KBS Two in English. It is on national terrestrial digital channel 7. It is similar to BBC Two and Nederland 2.
KBS 1TV and KBS 2TV phased out analogue services on December 31, 2012 as part of the switchover to digital television.
Cable and Satellite television (KBS N)
- KBS Prime - culture and drama. Launched in 1995 as KBS satellite 2, renamed as KBS Korea in 2002.
- KBS Drama - formerly KBS Sky Drama. Launched in 2002.
- KBS N Sports - formerly KBS Sports/KBS Sky Sports. Also launched in 2002.
- KBS Joy - comedy and quiz show. Launched in 2006.
- KBS Kids - children's channel. Launched in 2012.
- KBS W - women's channel. Launched in 2013.
These six channels are carried by cable and satellite operators in South Korea. There are 100+ Cable operators in South Korea and Skylife is the sole satellite television service provider. These channels are managed and operated by KBS N, a subsidiary company of KBS.
- KBS Radio 1 (711 kHz AM/97.3 MHz FM KBS Radio Seoul) - news, current affairs, drama, documentary and culture. Launched in 1927 as Kyeongseong Broadcasting Corporation JODK and it became KBS Radio 1 in 1965.
- KBS Radio 2 (603 kHz AM/106.1 MHz FM KBS Happy FM) - entertainment radio for the middle aged. Launched in 1948 as HLSA.
- KBS Radio 3 (1134 kHz AM/104.9 MHz FM KBS Voice of Love FM) - Launched in 1980, and ceased broadcasting in 1981. It was later replaced by KBS Radio 2's regional radio service and Educational FM (now EBS FM). Later re-launched in 2000 as a spin-off from KBS Radio 2. For the first time in 2010, it was launched on FM and restructured as a radio station for the disabled.
- KBS 1FM (93.1 MHz Classic FM) - classical music and folkmusic. Launched in 1979 as KBS-FM, adopted current name in 1980.
- KBS 2FM (89.1 MHz Cool FM) - popular music. Launched in 1966 as RSB (Radio Seoul Broadcasting), renamed as TBC-FM in the 1970s, adopted current name in 1980 after TBC-FM forced merged to KBS.
- KBS Hanminjok Radio(Literal meaning:KBS Korean Nationality Radio) (6015 MHz Shortwave) (shortwave & mediumwave) - Launched in 1975 as KBS Third Programme
- KBS World Radio - international service [see also RFI, BBC World Service and Radio Canada International], as well as satellite and international services.
- 이 자영방송 입니다. (This is Ja-young Broadcasting. Slogan until early 60's)
- 국민의방송 KBS. (National Broadcaster KBS. Slogan from early 60's til present)
KBS World is the international television and radio service of KBS. It officially launched on July 1, 2003. It is broadcast on a 24hr schedule with programs ranging from news, sports, television dramas, entertainment, and children's. KBS World television is broadcast locally and around the world. As of July 2007, around 65% of its programs are broadcast with English subtitles, it is available in 32 countries, and reportedly more than 40 million households around the world can access KBS World. It has two overseas subsidiaries: KBS America and KBS Japan. KBS Japan is independently operated by a KBS subsidiary in Japan, and most programs are provided with Japanese subtitles.
KBS World television is a television channel that runs mostly programs commissioned for KBS' 2 terrestrial networks: KBS1 and KBS2. KBS World television is distributed over several international communication and broadcasting satellites such as IS-19, IS-20, IS-21, Measat 3, Apstar 6 & 7, Eutelsat Hotbird 13A, Galaxy 11, 18 & 23, Badr 6, Vinasat 1, Palapa D, SES 7, Telkom 1, Thaicom 5, EchoStar 15, Anik F3. Local cable and/or satellite operators receive the signal from one of these satellite and carry the signal to end subscribers of their own networks. KBS doesn't allow individual viewer to receive the signal from IS-19, IS-20, IS-21, Measat 3, Asiasat 5, and Galaxy 18. The signal from Badr 6 is Free-to-Air service while viewers using Eutelsat Hotbird 13A are required to pay monthly subscription fee.
KBS-private broadcasting stations forced merger
One of the most controversial and most oldest controversies of KBS was the forced merger between KBS and five private broadcasting stations TBC or the Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation, DBS or the Donga Broadcasting System, SBC or Seohae Broadcasting Corporation, VOC or Jeonil Broadcasting Corporation and Hanguk-FM in 1980. during the Chun Doo-hwan regime TBC DBS and MBC where broadcasting News against Chun due to this Chun made a special law that sequestered MBC and forced merged TBC and DBS. TBC-TV became KBS 2TV meanwhile TBC Radio (HLCD 89.1 MHz) became KBS 2FM and DBS (HLKJ 792 kHz) became the now defunct KBS Radio 5. (Today the 792 kHz frequency is now owned by SBS and became SBS Love FM.) SBC became KBS Gunsan station and it is KBS-Jeonju-3Radio now, VOC became KBS-Gwangju-3Radio and Hanguk-FM became KBS-Daegu-FM. In 2009 former Pres, Lee Myung-bak said the special law was unconstitutional. in 2011 TBC was reincarnated as JTBC.
KBS Journalists Strikes and Reset KBS News 9
The journalists working for KBS (along with MBC, SBS and YTN) have protested against the biased journalism practices that favors the Lee Myung-bak government. The new union for KBS headed by Kim Hyeon-seok released a video clip Reset KBS News 9 (리셋 KBS 뉴스9) on the internet that discusses the Prime Minister's Office Civilian Surveillance Incident and the controversial money-spending on renovating President Lee Myung-bak's alleged birth house on March 13, 2012.
Bak Han-yong (박한용), head of the Institute for Research in Collaborationist Activities, criticized KBS for censoring negative remarks from a documentary about Chinilpa individuals and Rhee Syngman who had pardoned them. This includes the Chinilpa Paik Sun-yup.
KBS 2FM Advertisement Scandal
KBS 2FM From 1980 until 2002 was prohibited to air commercial advertisements but in 2002 commercial advertisements resumed airing on KBS 2FM. The result KBS Local FM (a radio station owned by KBS used to re-transmit KBS 1FM and KBS 2FM) instead carried KBS 1FM programs even though KBS 2FM programs like Good Morning Pops , More Closer Radio and Fresh Morning where aired due to that the three programs where prohibited to air advertisements excluding those of KOBACO (Korea Broadcast Advertising Corporation).
Unfair treatment to Big Bang
KBS Music Bank (a music program on KBS2 ko:뮤직뱅크) was under fire when Big Bang made their comeback stage with "Tonight" in 2011, showing their blatant favoritism towards other singers. Fans were in rage of disappointment when they noticed the poor lighting on the stage, causing the members and the back-up dancers to not be seen clearly on the television and by the audience. Viewers also noticed that Big Bang had only had to perform their title track despite of being very popular and their two-year hiatus, while other artists and rookie groups performed two songs for their comeback stages. The rage was further intensified when fans claimed that Music Bank manipulated Big Bang's final score, receiving only 20,214, despite of being downloaded and streamed for almost 3.4 million times. The information was reported by Gaon, collecting data from major music charts of Korea, such as Mnet, Bugs, Melon, Soribada, and Dosirak.
Girl groups cheating on charts
KBS Music Bank also received a lot of negative criticisms for its allegedly unfair chart ranking system. It was revealed by an insider that entertainment companies were bulk-buying massive numbers of their artists' albums to achieve an "all-kill" status and reach the number one spot on the music program that even rookie groups can manage to win first place award, but Music Bank didn't do anything to stop the act. It was always believed that rookie groups normally don't have a huge fanbase, but Brave Girls managed to top digital music charts in Korea.
Pandora Song leak
The song Pandora of the girl group Kara was leaked on the popular KBS Cool FM radio show Super Junior Kiss The Radio on August 17, 2012. Following the leak, the group's representatives Sungmin, Ryeowook and the staff working for the show apologized on Twitter saying: We are sorry for releasing a song without confirming first that it was already released. We hope that those who listened to today's broadcast will not share with others. they continued: We truly apologize to KARA and the producers for releasing it earlier than planned.  they continued: KARA’s unreleased song was aired today. It is the fault of the person that chose the song without checking whether the album had been released yet, as they had only checked to see that it had passed KBS regulations. We ask that the listeners of ‘Sukira’ please not share the day’s recordings.  and posted a message on the radio community board. PD Jung Hyun Jae additionally wrote on the program’s message board, I am the person that chose the song, and I would like to apologize to KARA, their representatives, and their fans for causing this ordeal. I am completely at fault for not checking the release date for the song. I cannot express how sorry I am at the thought of them worrying over the song’s leak. I will make sure that this does not happen again. Should I discover a personal recording being shared, I will work to see that it does not get out any further.  DSP stated: We believe that they turned it on by accident. We are currently reevaluating KARA's promotion schedule. DSP added: The water’s already been spilled and there’s nothing we can do now, which makes it all the more upsetting. To prevent this from happening again, we need better security measures but there aren’t policies in place to make it happen.
Songs Banned by KBS
KBS is also known for banning songs that "stimulates sex desire or are sexually explicit to youth", "urges violence or crime to youth", or "glamorizes violence such as rape, and drugs" which they classified as a "medium offensive to youth". Because of this, they prevent them from playing them on its radio stations and broadcasting them on its television channels, except for KBS World. Due to this songs like 4Minute's “Is It Poppin'?”, B2ST’s “On Rainy Days”, Baek Ji-young’s “I Can’t Drink”, Jay Park’s “Don’t Let Go”, After School’s “Funky Man, Heo Young-saeng’s “Out the Club”, X-5’s “Fantasy”,MBLAQ’s “Again”, DJ DOC’s “Joy and Pain”, SECRET’s Song Jieun’s “Going Crazy”, Kang Seung-yoon’s “You’re My Heaven”, 2PM's “Hand's Up”, Ivy's “Touch Me”, Lee Hyori's “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, T.O.P's “Turn It Up”, Foxy's “Why Are You Doing This To Me”, TVXQ's “Mirotic”, Brown Eyed Girls's “Abracadabra”, Seungri's “Strong Baby”, Lee Jung-hyun's “Suspicious Man” among others are banned to be aired on KBS1 (the latter being the only commercial-free channel in Korea) and KBS2 on TV, except for KBS World and KBS Radio 1 , KBS Radio 2 and KBS 2FM on radio.
Excerpted from Arirang News: 
15-million viewers across Korea affected by the re-transmission fee battle between cable and terrestrial companies. The Cable TV Emergency Planning Committee on Monday announced that cable companies would no longer air KBS 2TV in both standard and high definitions starting 3 p.m. And with no set date to lift this ban, many viewers are frustrated and not afraid to show it on various social networking services. This ongoing re-transmission fee battle between system operators and Korea's three main broadcasting corporations, started in 2007, reaching a point in last November when KBS 2TV, MBC and SBS HD shows were unavailable to cable subscribers for eight days
In January 16, 2010 South Korea witnessed a very ugly and public dispute between KBS and the Korea Cable TV Association (KCTA) over an issue of retransmission fees. The KCTA sought to push down fees from major broadcasting channels like KBS for retransmitting their programs through cable. KBS had demanded 280 won per subscriber, while the cable TV system operators (or ‘SOs’) wanted no more than 100 won. Negotiations reached a standstill, and so the SOs decided to make KBS2 programs unavailable to viewers starting from 3:00 p.m. KST. The SOs stopped transmitting both standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) signals from the KBS2 channel. This meant that unless TV viewers had an Internet-based network or could finagle a signal from an antenna, they saw a message like the one above on their TV screens. Having lost a substantial amount of their viewers, KBS2’s programs experienced a major decline in their ratings. Following the blackout, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) has ordered the SOs to resume transmission or face a hefty fine. The SOs initially refused to budge from their position, but as of 7:00 p.m. (KST) on January 17th, they agreed to resume KBS2 transmissions, thus ending the 28-hour blackout.
Lee Soon-shin controversy
Global Youth League DN filed an injunction at Seoul Central District Court against broadcaster KBS for using the name "Lee Soon-shin" in the title of the drama. The injunction requested that the broadcast be halted immediately, that "Lee Soon-shin" is removed from the title and the character name changed. The group claimed that historical figure Lee Soon-shin (or Yi Sun-sin), an admiral famed for his victories against the Japanese Navy in the Imjin War during the Joseon Dynasty, is an official national symbol whose status will "deteriorate" when associated with the "weak and clumsy" protagonist that lead actress IU plays. KBS and production company A Story responded that they have no plans of changing the title or character name. Instead, they altered the original drama poster where several cast members are sitting on a pile of 100 won coins that have an image of Admiral Yi, by digitally replacing the coins with a plain gold platform.
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