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CountrySouth Korea
NetworkKorean Broadcasting System
Picture format2160p UHDTV
(downscaled to 1080i and 480i for the HDTV and SDTV feeds respectively)
OwnerKorean Broadcasting System
Launched1 December 1980; 43 years ago (1980-12-01)
ReplacedTBC TV (1964–1980)
WebsiteKBS 2TV
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 7.1
Streaming media
KBSWatch live
(South Korea only)

KBS 2TV is a South Korean free-to-air television channel launched on 1 December 1980 and owned by Korean Broadcasting System. In contrast to KBS1, the channel specializes primarily in entertainment.[1]


KBS2 was created as an effect of the Policy for Merger and Abolition of the Press. The Tongyang Broadcasting Company, set up by Samsung founder Lee Byung-chul, had its license revoked and its operations were absorbed into the Korean Broadcasting System. At the time of the decision, TBC was Korea's second largest radio and television company.[2][3] On November 30, 1980, TBC made its final broadcast and the following day, KBS2 signed on in Seoul and Busan, where TBC had its television stations. Some of TBC's programs were continued under KBS, including the KBS Music Festival, which started in 1965 on TBC.[4]

Initially commercial-free, the two KBS networks reintroduced commercial advertising on March 7, 1981.[5]

At the start of cable television networks in South Korea in the early 90s, KBS2 was included in the must-carry package, which initially excluded the commercial channels MBC and SBS.[6]

Ratings soared for the final episode of First Love on April 20, 1997, at a record 65,8%.[7]

Digital terrestrial broadcasts started in 2001, on LCN 7 at a national scale,[8] analog broadcasts ended in 2012.


Dramas are a pillar of KBS2's schedule. In the last week of April 2024, out of ten dramas broadcast on linear (terrestrial and subscription) and OTT platforms, only two of KBS2's dramas were among the ten-most watched programs of the genre, with viewing figures lower than the ones produced by TVN and streaming services.[9]


Kebit (케빗) is the channel's mascot, introduced in the summer of 2016. Kebit represents "KBS's light" and is a space lifeform who descended to Earth.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Channel Info". KBS English. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Seoul merger plan to revamp news media". The Straits Times. 17 November 1980. Retrieved 30 April 2024.
  3. ^ "Papers of the British Association for Korean Studies". Google Books. 1992. Retrieved 30 April 2024.
  4. ^ "KBS Song Festival: A History". Snack Fever. 30 December 2017. Archived from the original on 2 December 2023. Retrieved 21 April 2024.
  5. ^ KBS 7일부터 광고방송 Maeil Kyungje, 6 March 1981,p. 11
  6. ^ "A Study of the Government Cable Tv Policy in Korea in Comparison with the Government Cable Tv Policy in France". Google Books. 1992. Retrieved 30 April 2024.
  7. ^ 첫사랑 마지막회 65.8% 최고 신기록 Archived (Date missing) at newslibrary.naver.com (Error: unknown archive URL) Dong-A Ilbo, 22 April 1997, p. 26
  8. ^ "디지털TV 방송시대 본격 개막". 25 October 2001. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  9. ^ "'Queen of Tears' dominates the K-drama scene for nearly two months". Chosun Ilbo. 30 April 2024. Archived from the original on 30 April 2024. Retrieved 21 April 2024.
  10. ^ Mi-ri Kim, KBS 2TV, 新캐릭터 '케빗' 공개…재미·소통↑, Naver, 14 July 2016