Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television

Asian Television Awards honours KBS President & CEO Ko Dae-young Ko rose from a KBS TV reporter at the press room to the president suite as Korean Broadcasting System’s President and CEO. His calculated entrepreneurial spirit and remarkable business accomplishments have greatly influenced the growth of the entertainment industry throughout the region. KBS maintains its reputation as the nation’s most trusted source of news and information. Its high quality documentaries and especially its dramas have swept across the shores of almost every single country in the region, even increasingly beyond. KBS is currently investing heavily to lead the next-generation in television broadcasting and media services. It aims to become the world’s first to launch terrestrial UHDTV broadcasting. KBS Chief speaks to K. Dass.

Asian Television Awards KBS President Ko Dae-young


KBS has successfully defended itself during several crisis since early 2002 to the most recent, ‘Music Bank’ mistake regarding the winner.’ How has KBS emerged as Korea’s choice broadcaster over and over again?


Ko: We are proud to have the largest number of passionate and talented TV content creators at KBS. A considerable number of producers and local broadcasters who have gaining great popularity were initially from KBS. So much so that we served as a content hub for the country’s TV industry. Recently, we swept the board with six of our programmes listed in the ten most-watched Korean programmes in September this year. KBS has concurred local audience across many genres.


Which genre best speaks of KBS’s strength and why?


Ko: As the most trusted terrestrial channel, KBS TV1 continues to achieve the nation’s highest viewer rating by delivering a strong range of high-quality programmes including news, documentaries, cultural and lifestyle content and dramas. As a family entertainment channel, KBS TV2 offers a variety of entertainment, drama and cultural programming. KBS TV2 is responsible for the world renowned Music Bank and hit drama series such as Descendants of the Sun and Love in the Moonlight. We are recognised for the production outstanding content across all TV genres.


What are some of the new shows you are excited about?


Ko: We are looking forward to a number of new shows soon to be launched in October this year. Singing Battle is a new vocal competition show where popular celebrities perform in the contest. Trick & True will present a creative mix of science and entertainment. And Mr. Househusband is a variety show that examines the married lives of male TV stars.


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