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KBS to advance into Japanese satellite television service

2006/01/14 | 110 views | Permalink | Source

South Korea's flagship public broadcaster, KBS, will advance into the Japanese satellite television service market in March.

KBS, the country's largest broadcaster and the mother company of KBS World Radio, has gained a permit from Fuji TV's satellite channel Sky Perfect to provide programs.

Under the deal, KBS's major programs will be put in the basic package offered by the Japanese satellite television operator, which has 3.2 million subscribers.

It makes KBS the first non-Japanese network to advance into the country's satellite television market.

KBS's news, dramas, documentaries, and other programs will be aired around the clock in Japan starting in March on satellite television.

He added Japanese subtitles will be provided on all programs for 17 hours a day, 70 percent of the daily broadcasting time.

KBS is in discussions to provide programs to Japan's major cable television networks.

South Korea's pop culture products have gained growing popularity in Asia. The trend, dubbed the "Korean Wave," started in China several years ago and later spread to Japan and other Asian nations.

Reported by KBS World Radio

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