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KBS 2 logo.svg
Launched 7 December 1964
Owned by Korean Broadcasting System
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
4320p (16:9 UHDTV)
Slogan The youth channel
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Broadcast area South Korea
North Korea and northern China
(via the channel's DMZ analogue broadcasts)
Replaced DTV Seoul(1964 -1965)
Joongang Broadcasting System (1965-1966)
Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation)(1966-1980)
Sister channel(s) KBS1
KBS World
UHF Channel 28 (Korean Demilitarised Zone)
Digital terrestrial television Seoul:
Channel 7.1
SkyLife Channel 7 (HD)
Available in every cable provider in South Korea Channel slots vary on each operator
B TV Channel 7 (HD)
U+ TV Channel 7 (HD)
Olleh TV Channel 7 (HD)
Streaming media
KONG Radio KPlayer
KPlayer TV Channel 18

KBS2 is a South Korean free-to-air channel owned by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). Its programming mainly consists of drama and entertainment shows. KBS2 is a result of the forced merger of the Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation with KBS in 1980.


  • 1981-03-07 - Advertisements return to the channel, in the following structure: four blocks on weekdays (comprising a total of 20 minutes) and five blocks on weekends (comprising a total of 25 minutes).
  • 1982-02-16 - Relaunch as KBS 2 Television (KBS 2TV), whose broadcasts were Limited to Seoul, Jeju and Busan. The callsign changed to HLKC-TV.
  • 1982-02-17 - 2TV's broadcasting time was limited to 17:30~00:00 KST. Other stations 06:00~10:00 and 17:30~01:00 KST no broadcasting between 10:00~16:55 and 00:00~06:00 KST.
  • 1982-09-20 - TV Kindergarten's first episode airs.
  • 1986-01-01 - Start of both stereo and nationwide broadcasts.
  • 1991-10-07 - The evening period starts half an hour earlier (18:00 → 17:30).
  • 1997-04-20 - KBS 2TV's Daily Drama First Love Recorded 65.8% of the nationwide TV ratings bashing out its sister channel KBS1's KBS News 9 and their rival MBC's MBC Newsdesk.
  • 1998-01-05 - Owing to IMF cost-cutting measures, broadcasts were now between 06:00 and 11:00 for the first period and the second period now ran from 17:00 to 01:00.
  • 2001-12-31 - Digital terrestrial broadcasts commence.
  • 2005 - KBS 2DMB Launched. Broadcasting extended to 19 hours (06:00~01:00 KST) and daytime closedowns were abolished.
  • 2012-12-31 - Analog terrestrial broadcasts concluded.
  • 2014 - Temporary 24-hour broadcasts are made for the Sochi Winter Olympics and the World Cup.
  • 2015-01-01 - KBS 2 introduces a new look featuring flat, 2D animations, abandoning the channel's yellow ball mascot. As of January 2015, KBS 2 is one of the two Korean terrestrial channels that still sign off every night, EBS being the other one.


KBS2 is the home of predominantly entertainment and drama programs produced by KBS as well as airing KBS Evening 6 Newstime, the station's only main newscast, Music Bank and You Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook, the network's main musical programs, Happy Together, Let's Go Dream Team!, 2 Days & 1 Night, The Return of Superman and Immortal Songs, the network's well known variety shows.


KBS2 accepts commercial advertisements unlike KBS1, which is because prohibited to air commercial advertisements upon the enactment of the revised Broadcasting Act in 1994.


TV series

As part of the Korean Wave, KBS2 dramas, along with its sister channel, KBS1, have been exported to Southeast Asia, Middle East, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, China and Japan via KBS World, KBS World (Japan), KBS World (United States) and their TV broadcasters from their respective countries.



  • Good Morning (생방송 아침이 좋다, Breakfast programme)
  • KBS Morning 8 Newstime (KBS 아침 8시뉴스타임, KBS's second breakfast news programme)
  • KBS Newstime (KBS 뉴스타임, News brief, airs at 2:00pm)
  • KBS Economy Time (KBS 경제타임, KBS 2TV flagship economy news programme)
  • KBS Global 24 (KBS 글로벌 24, world news programme with more in-depth reports, now broadcasting at 8:30pm)
  • KBS Disaster Broadcasting Centre (KBS 재난방송센터, Sunday disaster report)

KBS2 slogans

  • The Youth Channel (1990–present)


2010 – KBS2 blackout

On 16 January 2010, a dispute broke out between KBS and the Korea Cable TV Association (KCTA) over retransmission fees. The KCTA sought to push down fees from major broadcasting channels like KBS for retransmitting their programs through cable. KBS had demanded 280 won per subscriber, while the cable TV system operators (or ‘SOs’) wanted no more than 100 won. Negotiations reached a standstill, and so the SOs decided to make KBS2 programs unavailable to viewers starting from 3:00 p.m. KST. The SOs stopped transmitting both standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) signals from the KBS2 channel. This meant that unless TV viewers had alternative viewing methods such as the Internet or terrestrial TV, they saw a blackout message. Having lost a substantial amount of their viewers, KBS2's programs experienced a major decline in their ratings. Following the blackout, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) has ordered the SOs to resume transmission or face a hefty fine. The SOs initially refused, but on 17 January, they agreed to resume KBS2 transmissions, ending the 28-hour blackout.[1]

2011 – Girl groups cheating on charts

Music Bank also received a lot of negative criticisms for its allegedly unfair chart ranking system. It was revealed by an insider that entertainment companies were bulk-buying massive numbers of their artists' albums to achieve an "all-kill" status and reach the number one spot on the music program that even rookie groups can manage to win first place award, but Music Bank didn't do anything to stop the act. It was always believed that rookie groups normally don't have a huge fanbase, but Brave Girls managed to top digital music charts in Korea.[2]

2016 – KBS's 'Music Bank' mistake regarding the winner

For the 27 May episode of "Music Bank" TWICE and AOA competed for number one. At the end of the show, AOA was announced as that week’s winner, with 6,400 points for their latest track "Good Luck."

Since then, there has been controversy over AOA’s win, with many finding the album scores problematic. "Music Bank" calculates the winner based on four factors – digital sales (65 percent of total score), viewer votes (10 percent), broadcast scores (20 percent), and album sales (5 percent).

For album sales scores, KBS had:

Jessica – 37,710 albums for 1,925 points

AOA – 20,990 albums for 1,600 points

MONSTA X – 19,570 albums for 999 points

Woohyun – 17,740 albums for 890 points

I.O.I – 13,420 albums for 1,523 points

TWICE – 4,380 albums for 223 points

The scores were strange because MONSTA X sold more than I.O.I, but I.O.I was given 1,523 points, while MONSTA X got a lower number – 999 points. MONSTA X also only had 2,000 album difference in album sales from AOA, but the point difference was over 600. When you compare the other scores, the proportion doesn’t add up.

KBS admitted there was an error made by the person in charge of the scores as they were inputing them into the excel sheet. It apologized for the error, saying, "It is clearly KBS’s fault" and that "it will do its best to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again."

With KBS recalculating the scores, 1 – 10 are:

  1. TWICE – "Cheer Up"
  2. AOA – "Good Luck"
  3. Jessica – "Fly (Feat. Fabolous)"
  4. Jung Eun Ji – "Hopefully Sky (Feat. Harim)"
  5. I.O.I – "Dream Girls"
  6. Akdong Musician – "RE-BYE"
  7. Tiffany – "I Just Wanna Dance"
  8. Woohyun – "Nod Nod"
  9. Eddy Kim – "Lips Like Warm Coffee"
  10. MONSTA X – "All In"[3][4]

Producer Shin Mi Jin of KBS said to OSEN that they will not be taking the trophy away from AOA to give to TWICE. Instead, TWICE will be getting a new trophy. Producer Shin stated, “What’s important is not the physical trophy, but comforting the members of TWICE and AOA, who were hurt with this mixup.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ "Cable TV operators end 28-hour KBS blackout". onekpop.com. Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  2. ^ KBS Music Bank under fire, girl groups cheating on charts? – seoulbeats | seoulbeats. Seoulbeats.com (2011-04-25). Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
  3. ^ "'뮤뱅', 음반점수 오류 인정…"트와이스 1위, AOA는 2위"". Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "알려드립니다 > 뮤직뱅크 > 연예오락 > 2TV > KBS". KBS. 
  5. ^ "'뮤뱅' PD "트로피보다 마음 다친 AOA·트와이스 위로가 먼저" [종합]". Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Jeong, G. (29 May 2016). "KBS Admits Mistake In "Music Bank" Winner, TWICE Is No.1, AOA Is No. 2". Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  • http://english.kbs.co.kr/ChannelInfo/TV/index.html[permanent dead link]
  • http://www.kbs.co.kr/advertise/2tv_prog_fee.html
  • http://k.kbs.co.kr/Home/ChannelSchedule
  • http://www.misodacom.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=3_3&wr_id=10

External links

  • KBS2 Schedule
  • KBS2 HD Live Streaming
  • KBS2 SD Live Streaming
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