Educational Broadcasting System

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Korea Educational Broadcasting System (EBS)
Type Broadcast radio and
Country South Korea
Availability South Korea
North America
Slogan Education makes the world happy
Key people
Yongsup SHIN, President
Launch date
1980 (as KBS3 Television and KBS3 Radio); 1990 (as EBS TV/Radio); 1997 (Satellite); 2001 (Digital); 2005 (DMB)
Callsigns HLQL
Official website
Korean name
Hanja 韓國敎育放送公社
Revised Romanization Hanguk Gyoyuk Bangsong Gongsa
McCune–Reischauer Han'guk Kyoyuk Pangsong Kongsa
EBS Logo.svg
Launched February 2, 1981 (as KBS 3TV)
December 27, 1990 (as EBS TV)
Slogan Education makes the world happy
Country South Korea
Language Korean language
Formerly called KBS 3TV (1981-1990)
Digital CH 18 (UHF : 495.31MHz) LCN 10-1 (Seoul)
SkyLife Channel 3 (HD)
Available on most
South Korean cable systems
Check local listings for details
B TV Channel 1 (HD)
U+ TV Channel 14 (HD)
Olleh TV Channel 13 (HD)

Korea Educational Broadcasting System (한국교육방송공사) or EBS is a children's educational television and radio network covering South Korean territory, and the only major South Korean radio and television network without a separate regional service. Established as KBS 3TV, Seoul Animation Center and KBS Educational Radio in the 1980s, and became an independent corporation in 1990. EBS strives to supplement school education and promote lifelong education for everyone in Korea.

The main counterparts of this network are PBS in the United States, as well as CBBC, BBC Two and BBC Four in the UK.

  • EBS 1TV — EBS' main terrestrial channel for premium documentaries, preschool and youth program. (Channel 10-1)
  • EBS 2TV — EBS' second terrestrial channel. (Channel 10-2)
  • EBS FM — A EBS' radio channel, the station focuses mainly on language learning. The actual CSAT listening comprehension examinations are broadcast on this station annually at 8:40 AM and 1:10 PM on the day of the CSAT.
  • EBS Plus 1 (cable and satellite) — The channel focuses greatly around the high school test curriculum and offers programming to complement and amplify the student's in-school education.
  • EBS Plus 2 (cable and satellite) — The main focus of this channel is "lifelong" learning, with various programs for younger and older viewers.
  • EBS English (cable and satellite) — This is the network's English education channel, covering kids from kindergarten to grade 12.
  • EBSuHD (DMB) — EBS' children's channel; formerly a simulcast of EBS Plus 1.

Also EBS offers one cable/satellite channel, EBS America, in North America. It airs programs about Korean culture, language education, and children's shows.


Though considered a public broadcasting entity, EBS gets most of its yearly budget from advertisements and sales revenue. In 2012, 72.1% of its revenue came from textbook sales, publications and ad revenues on its TV Radio and internet platforms, while the rest came from TV license fees (EBS gets 3% of the total License Fee being collected by the Korean Broadcasting System) and government grants.[1]


Notable programs[edit]

EBS TV[edit]

Foreign shows[edit]

All foreign shows are dubbed in Korean.

EBS Radio[edit]

  • Morning Special (8:00~9:00, Mondays through Saturday) and Saturday Morning Special (same time, Saturday)
  • CSAT Listening Comprehension (8:40 & 13:10, day of CSAT)

EBS Plus[edit]

  • Survival English

Foreign partners[edit]

Partner Country
RTB Brunei
SBS Australia
Rede Bandeirantes Brazil
France 3 France
TV100 Greece
Thai PBS Thailand
TVRI / RTV / Global TV / NET. Indonesia
TV2 / NTV7 / 8TV Malaysia
RTHK / Phoenix TV Hong Kong
WDR / ZDF / RTLTV / ProSieben Germany
NHK / TV Asahi / TV Tokyo Japan
PBS / CBS / Nickelodeon / FOX / The CW United States
TVOntario / Tele-Quebec / CBC / CTV Canada
FTV Taiwan
UKTV / Channel 5 (UK) / BBC United Kingdom
Telemadrid / TV3 / Cuatro / Telecinco Spain
VTV Venezuela
VTV Vietnam
TVN Chile
TRT Cocuk / Yumurcak TV / Renk Yapım Turkey
Radio y Television Guatemala / Guatevision Guatemala

See also[edit]


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