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Experience Korea through KBS World Radio

Experience Korea through KBS WORLD Radio

KBS World Radio is Korea’s flagship public international broadcaster.
Its maiden transmission was aired in a 15-minute English broadcast on August 15th, 1953, under the station name "The Voice of Free Korea". KBS World Radio now broadcasts in Korean, Englishg, Japanese, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Indonesian, Arabic, Vietnamese and German. The station was renamed Radio Korea in April 1973, Radio Korea International in August 1994 and KBS World Radio in March 2005 in a bid to better reflect the station's increasingly globalized mission.

By providing a variety of accurate and up-to-date programs and news on Korea's politics, economy, society, culture and traditions to our audience and netizens, KBS and KBS World Radio seek to strengthen friendly ties and an understanding of Korea among people in the global community. In addition, we provide a bridge between Korea and the some seven million overseas Koreans who are missed by their loved ones back home.

KBS World Radio will be with you

KBS World Radio programs are carefully designed for an international audience - from accurate and up to date news to programs that portray the full spectrum of emotions and instill pride in Koreans all over the world.

  • Spearheading efforts for peace and a unified Korean peninsula through in-depth programs that address the relationship between the two Koreas.
  • Broadening the understanding of Korea through programs that introduce its tradition, culture and natural beauty.
  • Publicizing Korea to the world through our music.
  • Conveying real experiences in and around the country through interviews with foreign visitors to Korea.
  • Initiating active participation with the audience to achieve an interactive program model.

Clear sound quality is a top priority

In order to provide the best possible reception to our audience, KBS World Radio transmits directly from domestic facilities, as well as through program exchange with Canada and the U.K. and through relays to Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

KBS World Radio is advancing into a wider variety of media outlets. Beginning in August 2003, four of our services (English, Russian, French and German)started serving listeners in Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa through the World Radio Network for 30 minutes a day. Our 30-minute Arabic service also joined the WRN platform beginning in July of 2006.

KBS World Radio's Russian and Indonesian language programming is now available on local AM and FM frequencies in Russia, Indonesia and Argentina. In September 2006, the Russian language service started broadcasting on 738 kHz AM in Moscow. In March 2007, the Indonesian service began programming on 102.6 MHz, Camajaya FM, in Jakarta. And the Spanish language service is brought to our audience in Argentina on Radio Palermo 94.7 MHz FM in Buenos Aires as of January 2011. The Korean language service is available on a number of Korean expatriate radio stations in the United States, and Australia.

Since the termination of the transmission exchange agreements with Radio Canada International (RCI) in June 2012 and with BBC World Service in March 2013, KBS World Radio has leased airtime from World Radio Network (WRN) and Babcock Communications Ltd to improve the reception conditions for its shortwave broadcast of the German, French, Spanish, Russian and Korean language services.

KBS World Radio Goals

  • To provide news and information on the political, economic and cultural fields
  • To reflect the viewpoints of Koreans on major issues at home and abroad
  • To deliver Korea's stance and news on inter-Korean affairs
  • To promote cultural exchanges and friendly relations with other nations
  • To build a bond between the 7 million Korean expatriates overseas
  • To provide information for overseas Koreans in times of disaster or emergency

Internet Homepage

KBS World Radio has been working to improve and expand our Internet service. Since its inception in 1997, the KBS World Radio Internet homepage has provided the world's netizens with a variety of audio and video contents in 11 different languages.

Our programming is available on two real audio stream channels around the clock, and music lovers can enjoy the latest K-pop hits any time of day through our music player. Our site offers an endless array of rich information about Korea's history, culture, tourism and more.

We continually renew our Web site to maximize interaction with visitors all around the world. We're expanding and strengthening our blogs, UCC contents, podcasts, and message boards to meet the ever-increasing demands for those multi-media services.

Mobile & Social Networking Services

We are actively embracing new digital media platforms. Our mobile Web site provides you with easier and faster access to our latest programs in 11 different languages on your mobile devices. And our Facebook Page and Twitter account help you stay better connected with us online.

KBS World Radio is breaking down the barriers between various media formats. We will continue to provide more and more multi-media contents on new online platforms to stay at the forefront of the rapidly evolving broadcast industry.

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KBS World Radio chronology


  • 2013. 03. 31 Leasing of shortwave relay transmission of the Spanish service to South America via Montsinéry, French Guiana, terminated with TDF. Leasing of shortwave relay transmission of the Spanish service to South America via South Carolina, USA, commensed with WRN.
  • 2013. 03. 31 Leasing of shortwave relay transmission to Europe via Wooferton, UK for the German, French, Russian, Korean services commensed.
  • 2013. 03. 30 Transmission exchange agreement between KBS and BBC World Service for shortwave terminated.
  • 2012. 10. 28 Leasing of shortwave relay transmission of the Spanish service to South America via Montsinéry, French Guiana, commensed with TDF.
  • 2012. 06. 27 Transmission exchange agreement between KBS and Radio Canada International (RCI) for shortwave terminated.
  • 2011. 07. 11 11 Language Services made available via Mobile Web Service
  • 2011. 03 KBS World Radio News App made available for Android phones
  • 2011. 01 Let’s Learn Korean with KBS App made available for iPhones
  • 2011. 01. 01 Spanish Service begins broadcast on Radio Palermo 94.7 MHz FM in Buenos Aires
  • 2010. 09. 07 KBS World Radio App made available for Samsung Bada phones
  • 2010. 08. 06 Korean Cuisine App made available for iPhones
  • 2010. 08. 02 24-hour internet streaming service began in 11 languages
  • 2010. 06. 09 Let’s Learn Korean with KBS App made available for Samsung Bada phones
  • 2010. 02. 01 Japanese and Chinese Service begin providing news stories to Naver
  • 2010. 01. 29 English and Japanese Service begin providing news to Nikkei Telecom


  • 2009. 12. 01 Let's Learn Korean (English version) audio files provided to Korean Air
  • 2009. 11. 18 Begins services in 11 different languages on Nokia internet radio
  • 2009. 11. 01 - 2011. 10. 31 English Service begins broadcast on RTL AM radio in Luxemburg
  • 2009. 11. 01 Let's Learn Korean (English version) audio files provided to Asiana Airlines
  • 2009. 10. 22 English news made available on Naver, Korea's biggest portal site
  • 2009. 10. 20 11 language services made available on iPhone and iPod touch
  • 2008. 10. 09 Establishes Let's Learn Korean homepage in 10 different languages
  • 2008. 09. 01 - 2009. 02. 28 German Service airs on RTL AM radio in Luxemburg
  • 2007. 10 English Service expands satellite radio broadcast through WRN
  • 2007. 10 Arabic Service expands broadcast through WRN
  • 2007. 03. 01 Indonesian Service starts Camajaya FM(102,6 MHz) service in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2006. 09. 18 Russian Service starts Moscow AM (738kHz)service
  • 2006. 07 Arabic Service starts satellite radio broadcast through WRN
  • 2005. 12. 19 Korean Service provides its programming to American broadcasters for Korean expats
  • 2005. 03. 03 Radio Korea International renamed KBS World Radio.
  • 2005. 03. 03 First Vietnamese broadcast
  • 2003. 08. 15 Commencement of WRN Service
  • 2003. 08. 15 50th anniversary of KBS international broadcasting


  • 1997. 11. 03 First KBS international internet broadcast
  • 1994. 03. 31 Final Portuguese broadcast
  • 1994. 10. 31 Final Italian broadcast
  • 1994. 08. 15 ‘Radio Korea’ renamed ‘Radio Korea International’


  • 1985. 06. 01 First Italian broadcast
  • 1983. 06. 01 First Portuguese broadcast
  • 1981. 05. 01 First German broadcast


  • 1975. 09. 10 First Arabic broadcast
  • 1975. 06. 02 First Indonesian broadcast
  • 1973. 04. 01 ‘Voice of Free Korea’ renamed ‘Radio Korea’


  • 1968. 07. 25 "Jung-Ang Broadcasting' established
    (Merger between Seoul Jung-Ang Broadcasting, Seoul TV Broadcasting and Seoul International Broadcasting)"
  • 1962. 08. 19 First Spanish broadcast
  • 1961. 08. 10 First Chinese broadcast
  • 1961. 07. 01 'Voice of Free Korea' renamed 'Seoul International Broadcast (HLCA)'
  • 1961. 02. 13 First Russian broadcast
  • 1960. 03. 01 First English and French broadcast to Europe


  • 1958. 04. 10 First French broadcast
  • 1957. 09. 02 First Korean broadcast
  • 1955. 12. 01 First Japanese broadcast
  • 1953. 08. 15 First English broadcast for resident foreigners (Voice of Free Korea)
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