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KBS 1 logo.svg
KBS1 logo (1984–present)
Launched December 31, 1961
Owned by Korean Broadcasting System
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Formerly called KBS-TV;
KBS Channel 9 (1961–1980)
Replaced HLKZ-TV (Daehan Bangsong) (1956–1961)
Sister channel(s) KBS2
KBS World
Analogue Channel 9 (Seoul)
Until December 31, 2012
Analogue Channel 29 (DMZ)
Digital Channel 15 (UHF : 477.31MHz LCN 9-1) (Seoul)
SkyLife Channel 209 (SD)
Channel 9 (HD)
Available on most South Korean cable systems Check local listings for details
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U+ TV Channel 9 (HD)
Olleh TV Channel 9 (HD)
Streaming media
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KBS1 is the premier channel of the Korean Broadcasting System, previously known as KBS Television/KBS Channel 9 until the launch of KBS2 in 1980, is the oldest TV channel in South Korea and was the successor to HLKZ-TV (or Daehan Bangsong), Korea's first TV channel. It is also the only commercial-free free-to-air television channel in the country. KBS1 is similar to BBC Two in the United Kingdom, NPO 2 in the Netherlands, France 3 and France 5 in France, TVNZ 7 in New Zealand and PBS in the United States.

The channel is well known for its news programmes, culture, as well as sports, entertainment and some children's programmes and a minimal amount of education programming.


KBS TV began broadcasting on December 31, 1961, as South Korea's first full-scale television station. Regular broadcasts commenced on January 15 the following year.

KBS1 was once known for being one of the first commercial TV stations in South Korea. But in 1963, the South Korean government through its parliament, introduced the Television License Fee system. Advertisements on KBS1 were abolished in 1994.

The monopoly was broken in 1965 when TBC began broadcasting. In 1980, following KBS's acquisition of various private broadcasters, it became known as KBS1.

KBS 1TV began 24-hour broadcasting on October 8, 2012, the first channel in South Korea to do so, in line with the digital switchover and following the lifting the ban of broadcasting into the early hours of the morning on terrestrial television. Even though KBS1 is 24 hours, they continue closing down on Sunday and Monday nights, due to technical maintenance.


KBS 1TV is the home of predominantly the news, current affairs, talkshow and documentary programmes being produced by KBS, as well as primetime daily dramas and weekend historical and literature series. It also airs musical shows. All KBS 2TV dramas are also shown on this channel as reruns, notably the Monday/Tuesday dramas & Wednesday/Thursday dramas.[citation needed]

KBS 1TV has musical variety shows, but unlike its sister channel, KBS 2TV and most commercial stations which air it on a live basis, most KBS 1TV musical shows are either recorded or broadcast live on special occasions as specials. The only live music program shown on this channel is National Singing Contest (also known as Korea Sings), a talent contest currently shown since 1980.


Since 1994, KBS1 is solely funded by license fees.

Although commercial advertisements are not allowed on the channel, KBS1 accepts spot advertisements similar to the ones being used by PBS to generate private funding. This is usually implemented for programs such as public affairs and musical variety shows wherein, the show's host/s will only thank the sponsor's brand name but will not promote it directly.

Spot advertisements for KBS1 shows appear before the show's end credits.


KBS1 had stopped accepting ads since 1994, and is prohibited to air commercial advertisements due to the revised Broadcasting Act, but is allowed to show public service ads of government agencies, most of which are from KOBACO, which lost its monopoly on TV advertising in May 2012.[1] Besides showing public ads, they also show program previews for this channel and/or from their sister channels, public messages from the Government and the safety messages produced either by KBS or the Government agencies.

These ads or messages are often shown before the station ident is shown, or if the ident isn't shown, before the program starts, the national anthem is played when they restart their transmission at 4:50am (KST).

Programmes on KBS 1TV

This is an excerpt from Korean Broadcasting System:


Saturday-Sunday dramas (21:45)

Monday to Friday dramas (20:25)

KBS 1TV Overseas Drama (time may vary)

News and Current Affairs

  • KBS News at 5am (KBS 오전 5시 뉴스, Early morning news)
  • KBS News Plaza (KBS 뉴스광장, Breakfast News)
  • KBS News 930 (KBS 뉴스 930, Mid-morning news)
  • KBS News 12 (KBS 뉴스12, Midday news)
  • KBS News Focus at 4 (KBS 4시 뉴스집중, Afternoon news with in-depth reports)
  • KBS News 5 (KBS 뉴스5, Early Evening News)
  • KBS News 7 (KBS 뉴스7, Evening News with some regional variations)
  • KBS News 9 (KBS 뉴스9, Main news (formerly KBS 9 o'clock News) simulcast on 1Radio.)
  • KBS Newsline (KBS 뉴스라인, Weekday late night news, airing from Monday to Friday from 11:00pm - 11:40pm)
  • KBS Deadline News, (KBS 마감뉴스, Weekend late night news, now airing for 10 minutes on Saturday at 11:30pm & Sunday at midnight)
  • Sunday Debate-Live (생방송 일요토론, Sunday-morning debate programme)
  • Media Focus (미디어 포커스, Mediawatch programme)
  • Coverage-File K (취재파일 K, Friday In-depth news coverage programme)



  • Music Triangle
  • National Singing Contest
  • Open Concert
  • Golden Oldies
  • Concert 7080


  • Funny Funny (파니파니)
  • Goosebumps (Former) (명소름닭살 )
  • Princess Pring (생일왕국의 프린세스 프링)

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2013-02-20. . HanCinema. Retrieved 2013-02-20.

External links

  • http://www.kbs.co.kr/dmb/channel/daily.html?&table=51
  • http://english.kbs.co.kr/ChannelInfo/TV/index.html
  • Korean Broadcasting System official website
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