Korean Broadcasting System

The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) (Korean: 한국방송공사; Hanja: 韓國放送公社; RR: Han-guk Bangsong Gongsa; MR: Han'guk Pangsong Kongsa) is the national broadcaster of South Korea. Founded in 1927, it is one of the leading South Korean television and radio broadcasters.

Korean Broadcasting System
Native name
Revised RomanizationHan-guk Bangsong Gongsa
McCune–ReischauerHan'guk Pangsong Kongsa
TypeStatutory corporation
  • Kyeongseong/Keijō Broadcasting Station (1927–1932)
  • Chōsen Broadcasting Corporation (1932–1945)
  • 16 February 1927; 96 years ago (1927-02-16) (as Kyeongseong/Keijō Broadcasting Station) (Radio)
  • December 1961; 61 years ago (1961-12) (television)
  • 3 March 1973; 50 years ago (1973-03-03) (as Public Broadcasting organization)
FounderGovernor-General of Korea
South Korea
Area served
Key people
Kim Eui-chul, President and CEO
OwnerIndependent (publicly owned)
Number of employees
4,701 (As of 1 June 2020)
WebsiteCorporation website

KBS operates seven radio networks, ten television channels, and multiple Internet-exclusive services. Its flagship terrestrial television stations KBS1 broadcasts on channel 9, while KBS1 sister channel KBS2, an entertainment oriented network, broadcasts on channel 7. KBS also operates the international service KBS World, which provides television, radio, and online services in twelve different languages.

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