KBS Introduction

Public network KBS works hard to be
the broadcaster that viewers trust


KBS works hard to be
the focal channel for Korea.

KBS remains the most trusted media brand in Korea and audiences in the country tune into consume KBS news in times of emergency.
The primary Public Service Media was established as Gyeongseong Broadcasting Corporation in 1927, and aired the first radio signals. After achieving the independence, KBS was born again as Seoul Central Broadcasting in 1947 and started TV broadcasting service in 1961. Since being transformed into a public service broadcasting service in 1973, KBS has now evolved to serve the nation as the most trusted media and source of news.
KBS operates a wide range of media platforms; four terrestrial TV (HD1TV, HD2TV, UHD1TV, UHD2TV), two satellite TV (KBS World, KBS KOREA), seven radio, four DMB channels and various new media services such as my K.
KBS has its headquarters in Yeouido, Seoul, and maintains 18 regional stations in major cities across the country. There are 11 overseas bureaus worldwide including the U.S., Europe, China, and Japan.
KBS is funded by TV license fee and advertisements. KBS has been running its 1TV and 1Radio free of advertisements since October, 1994 with a commitment to better serve audiences with genuine public service values.
With a firm commitment to emergency broadcasting in times of uncertainty, KBS has been maintaining its extensive emergency operation since January, 2020 to fulfill the principal mission to keep the nation well informed with trusted news and information amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
and Function

As stipulated in Article 43 Section 1 of the Broadcasting Act, KBS is established to promote a healthy broadcasting
culture and to broadcast efficiently at home and abroad.
As a public broadcasting network, KBS carries out the fundamental functions of the press in social environment
surveillance and criticism, public opinion formation, and development of national culture, while striving to provide
universally free services regardless of region or surrounding conditions.
KBS uses internal innovation as a foundation for high quality and superior programming, investing the maximum
capacity into production. Programs that are produced according to these standards play a part in showing the
excellence of Korean culture while also promoting its globalization.

  • KBS
  • Promote
  • Establish
    a healthy
  • Globalize