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Experience Korea through KBS WORLD Radio

Vision

KBS WORLD Radio Vision

To Represent Korea’s Viewpoint and Values

To Play as a Center for Korean Expatriates’ Network

To Spread the Korean Culture and Language

Mission

  • 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

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Brand Identity

Experience Korea through KBS WORLD Radio

KBS World Radio’s logo features big waves, symbolizing the worldwide spread of the Korean culture which is often called the “Korean Wave.” The purple-colored waves carry our promise to bring our listeners creative programs since the color is often associated with creativity.

KBS WORLD Radio chronology

2010

  • 2019. 12. 30 Korean Service broadcast duration shortened
  • 2019. 12. 06 Arabic Service relay transmission site relocated from Dhabayya in the UAE to Woofferton in the UK.
  • 2019. 12. 02 Chinese Service begins AM transmission on 15575kHz to Southern China and Hong Kong
  • 2019. 10. 27 Russian Service resumes medium-wave transmission to Far East on 1170 kHz, WRN satellite transmission ceased.
  • 2019. 05. 01 Russian Service endss Moscow AM on 738 kHz
  • 2019. 04. 01 Spanish Service ends Radio Palermo FM broadcast on 94.7MHz
  • 2017. 09. 04 English Service expands broadcast duration
  • 2017. 09. 01 English Service ends DRM transmission
  • 2015. 10. 25 German Service ends DRM transmission
  • 2014. 03. 30 Russian Service begins shortwave transmission to Siberia on 9645 kHz
  • 2014. 01. 01 German Service ends WRN transmission
  • 2013. 12. 01 French Service ends WRN transmission
  • 2013. 10. 27 German Service begins WRN and DRM transmissions
  • 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 KBS Word Radio signs a relay transmission contract with a UK media service provider, Babcock and begins broadcast via a transmitter in Woofferton, UK.
  • 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. 12. 01 KBS World Radio signs a relay transmission contract with a French transmitter TeleDiffusion de France (TDF) and begins airing via the Issuoudun transmission site in France
  • 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

2000

  • 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

1990

  • 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’

1980

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

1970

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

1960

  • 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

1950

  • 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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