Channel A (TV channel)

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Channel A
Channel A Logo transparent.png
Launched December 1, 2011
Owned by Dong-A Media Group
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Channel A, A Canvas that Holds Your Dreams (Hangul: 꿈을 담는 캔버스, 채널A)[1]
Country South Korea
Broadcast area South Korea
Asia (Satellites Only)

Dong-A Media Center (1 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea)

Dong-A Digital Media Center (DDMC) (75 Maebongsan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea)

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Streaming media
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Channel A Corporation (Hangul주식회사 채널에이; Hanja株式會社 채널에이), known as Channel A (Hangul: 채널A, typeset CHANNEL A), is a nationwide general cable TV network and broadcasting company in South Korea. The company's largest shareholder is Dong-A Media Group (DAMG), which consists of 12 affiliate companies including Dong-A Ilbo.[3] Channel A was launched on 1 December 2011.[4] Channel A's management philosophy is 'Open & Creative' and the company slogan is 'Channel A, A Canvas that Holds Your Dreams.'[5] JaeHo Kim currently serves as the chief executive officer of Channel A.[6]

Channel A is one of four newly launched South Korea nationwide general cable TV networks alongside JoongAng Ilbo's JTBC, Chosun Ilbo's TV Chosun and Maeil Kyungje's MBN in 2011.[7][8][9][10][11] The four new networks supplement existing conventional free-to-air TV networks like KBS, MBC, SBS, and other smaller channels launched following deregulation in 1990.


  • 1963 – The Dong-A Ilbo Established Dong-A Broadcasting Station (DBS) (Frequency:AM 792 kHz Callsign: HLKJ)
  • 1966 – Dong-A Broadcasting Station (DBS) broadcast the 37th Dong-A Marathon live[12]
  • 1976 – DBS Monday~Tuesday Radio Drama Pretty Boy Got the No.1 spot with 97.3% achieving an all-kill against MBC's Nationwide News 8, KBS's Volume Up and TBC's FM Latest Inkigayo on its timeslot. No other Radio Program has break this record until now.
  • 25 December 1980 – Dong-A Broadcasting Station closed due to the mandatory merger to the Korean Broadcasting System by the military government forces resulting the launching of KBS Radio 5.
  • 1991 – Dong-A Broadcasting Station's Frequency of 792 kHz now owned by the Seoul Broadcasting System.
  • 1 January 2000 – Construction completion of Dong-A Media Center[13]
  • 22 July 2009 – Amendment of Media law passed the national assembly to deregulate the media market of South Korea.
  • 31 December 2010 – JTBC, TV Chosun, MBN, and Channel A were selected as a General Cable Television Channel Broadcasters.
  • 1 December 2011 – Channel A began broadcasting.
  • 7 December 2011 – Construction of Dong-A Digital Media Center (DDMC) began[14]
  • 2 March 2012 : STORY NETWORKS was established[15]
  • 2012 : Channel A broadcast the Golden Lion Pennant National High School Baseball Championship hosted by Dong-A Ilbo[16]
  • 17 October 2014 – Construction completion of Dong-A Digital Media Center (DDMC)[17]
  • 1 July 2015 : Channel A Plus began broadcasting[18]
  • 17 March 2016 : Channel A broadcast the Seoul International Marathon hosted by Dong-A Ilbo[19]
  • 26 December 2016 : Channel A B&C, Channel A Newsvision were established[20]

Dong-A Broadcasting Station (Radio 1963–1980)[edit]

Dong-A Broadcasting System (DBS, Hangul: 동아방송) was established on April 25, 1963.

DBS' first ever TV show and South Korea's first docudrama, 'Yeomyeong 80 Years,' aired every night from 22:15 to 22:35. Since broadcasters at the time were only airing melodramas and soap operas, 'Yeomyeong 80 Years' was a radical debut of a new drama genre in South Korean television history. It stopped airing in 1964 and during the same year, the show was made into a six-book novel series and received the Hankook Ilbo Publishing Award. 'Delightful Livingroom,' DBS' oldest TV show, was a talk show where different visitors visit the set ("livingroom") and talk about different topics in humorous, sarcastical, and satirical manners. This show is also considered as South Korea's first television talk show.[21]

DBS' music programme, 'Top Tune Show' was the harbinger of radio Disc Jockey genre in South Korea. Other stations' music shows at the time were employing professional announcers as their presenters and the producers of the show would do the audio mixing separately. However, 'Top Tune Show' first employed an integrated system where a single music-knowledgeable producer do everything from mixing, presenting to adding commentaries. Following 'Top Tune Shows popularity, similar music-genre programmes such as 'Dial at 3pm' and 'Dial at 0 hour' debuted. In these programmes, there was a common segment called the 'Request Corner.' In this segment, listeners will call in to request their desired song to be played live and this was possible due to DBS retaining a comparably large music library with more than 2000 world music records.[22]

DBS' 'What do you think?' is world's first "town meeting" TV show which started in 1965. It was a live debate show dealing with different political and economical issues. This show was an extremely radical programme considering the oppressive military regime at the time where freedom of press was severely restricted. Furthermore, Hyun-Doo Kang, Seoul National University's honorary professor and former professor of journalism commented, "DBS will be recorded as the most brave station in the history of broadcasting."[23]

In 1966, DBS was able to live broadcast the 37th Dong-A Marathon and this was first time to live broadcast a full marathon race in South Korean television history. Furthermore, in 1964, DBS was the first broadcaster in South Korea to build a satellite studio in Midopa Department Store in Myeongdong. In November 1980, DBS permanently discontinued airing due to the government's mandatory merger decision and was integrated with KBS (Korean Broadcasing System).[24]

Channel A TV Programmes (2011–present)[edit]

Current Programmes[edit]

Day Title Broadcast Time
The Untold Story
Body God
Vicinal Outsiders
True Dad Confession
Mystical Tales of the Royals
Ordinary Millionaire
The South Meets the North
X-File, The Food Story
Now on My Way to Meet You

Past Programmes[edit]

Reality · Entertainment[36][edit]

  • Never Too Late for College
  • Dog Papa
  • Angry Wife
  • The Farmer's Men
  • National Team
  • Gentleman
  • Top Magic
  • Right Now
  • 24 Hours Observation Camera


  • K-Pop Extreme Survival
  • Happy And
  • Goodbye My Wife
  • Ms. Panda and Mr. Hedgehog
  • Color of Woman
  • An Immortal Work
  • Heaven's Garden
  • Bachelor's Vegetable Store


  • Exodus, Out of North Korea
  • Greenland

'X-File, The Food Story's Good-Natured Restaurant[edit]

Channel A's X-File, The Food Story, which began broadcasting on February 10, 2012, is an investigative crime TV show that deeply delves into the Korean food system and reports on restaurants' wrongdoings. Moreover, the staff of the show travelled around the country to locate restaurants that provide fresh and delicious food handled properly and safely and bestowed "Good-Natured Restaurant" title to these restaurants. These "Good-Natured Restaurants" became extremely popular and became a huge hype.[39]

In 2013, the viewers of the show suggested to the producers to reverify these restaurants and the producers agreed to this suggestion. For more rational and objective results, a new investigation group was formed, which consisted of 15 people with various different occupations such as college student, food columnist, culinary arts professor, and housewives. The investigation group visited each of the restaurants in the "Good-Natured Restaurant" list and went through a thorough inspection processes.[40]


Newspaper Affiliations[edit]

Kyeongin-Ilbo, Kangwon-Ilbo, Daejeon-Ilbo, Kwangju-Ilbo, Jeonbuk-Ilbo, Maeil-Ilbo, Busan-Ilbo, Kyeongnam News, Jeju-Ilbo[41]

Awards & Recognitions[edit]

Award Category
Jan 2012 – Mar 2014
Channel A
Ranked No. 1 in Viewer Satisfaction Index (General Cable TV Networks)
Korea Information Society Development Institute[42]
Jun 29, 2012
Documentary Special: Open Your Eyes to Africa
Best Program of the Month (April 2014)
Korea Communications Standards Commission[43]
July 25, 2012
Now on My Way to Meet You
Clean Content Award
The Clean Contents Movement[44]
Sept 6, 2012
Together, We Go Far
Nanum Press Prize
Hyundai 1% Oil Bank Foundation[45]
Sept 28, 2012
Now on My Way to Meet You
Broadcast for Unification Award
10 Million Separated Families Association[46]
Nov 6, 2012
13th KIPA Best Picture Award
Independent Production Association[47]
Nov 14, 2012
Now on My Way to Meet You
Honored by the Ministry of Unification
Ministry of Unification[48]
Nov 28, 2012
A Week in Chingma
Best Program of the Month (September 2012)
Korea Communications Standards Commission[49]
Mar 5, 2013
Candidacy Report on Young-Jun Kim
Best Journalist Report Award of the Month (January 2013)
Korea Communications Standards Commission[50]
Mar 27, 2013
Exodus Out of North Korea
Best Program of the Month (January 2013)
Korea Communications Standards Commission[51]
Apr 9, 2013
Now on My Way to Meet You
Soh Jaipil Cultural Press Award
Soh Jaipil Commemoration[52]
Mar 25, 2014
X-File, The Food Story
Best Program of the Month
Korea Communications Standards[53]
Apr 13, 2014
Exodus Out of North Korea
World-Fest Houston Platinum Remi Award
WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival[54]
May 24, 2016
Ordinary Millionaire
Best Program of the Month
Korea Communications Standards Commission[55]
Jun 16, 2016
Channel A Station ID
Promotion Marketing & Design Global Excellence Award in Art Direction & Design Division
Promax Awards[56]

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  8. ^ Noh Hyun-gi (4 January 2012). "Four new TV channels face uncertain futures". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  9. ^ Yoon Ja-young (20 January 2012). "Low ratings weigh on new channels". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  10. ^ Kim Tong-hyung (6 June 2012). "New channels remain 'anonymous'". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  11. ^ Bae Ji-sook (29 November 2012). "'New TV channels are niche, not gold mine'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
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