Exactly 20 years ago today, Korea's one and only international broadcaster, Arirang TV made a great leap forward by launching overseas broadcasting for the first time.
Beginning with the Asian-Pacific region in 1999, Arirang TV continued to reach further into millions of viewers in all corners of the world. stretching from Europe and North America to North Africa.
And now, our viewership surpassed 140-million households in 103 countries.
Arirang TV also has signed MOUs with some 95 broadcasters in 57 countries, expanding mutual exchanges across the globe.
Today we look back on the past 20 years of Arirang TV, and seek ways for further advancement and an international broadcaster with Dr. Kim Tae-hwan of Korea National Diplomatic Academy.
1. You have made frequent contributions to Arirang TV and were with us during a handful of milestone events. How do you evaluate the past 20 years of Arirang TV?
2. Arirang TV has been at the forefront of promoting peace in the region. As part of the efforts, we hosted a special panel discussion the day before the historic first encounter between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and you were with us on that special broadcast. How did you feel about giving your analysis on North Korea-related issues to the world?
3. Most countries are investing a lot on fostering state-run global broadcasters. Could you tell us a little about the importance of fostering an international broadcaster and how other countries are doing on that front?
4. Times have changed and broadcast as we know it is not the same as it was ten or 20 years ago. Different media platforms offer a wide range of options for users to obtain information, and more and more people are turning to mobile devices as their primary medium. In your opinion, what significant role should an international broadcaster play in this ever-changing world?
5. Arirang TV, meanwhile, is making various efforts to stay atop of fast-changing on-line trends, making sure viewers can watch shows on our webpage, You-tube as well as on a smartphone app. What more needs to be done to stay relevant amid improving technology, social trends, etc?
6. An international broadcaster is different in its character compared to local media especially when it comes to reporting on issues that are both domestically and globally significant, such as the monumental Kim-Trump handshake at the DMZ. How do you think those issues should be dealt with by international broadcasters?
7. We are witnessing dynamic changes in the region and Arirang TV, at the beginning of the year, has declared it will become a representative broadcaster of Northeast Asia. What would you say are the biggest strengths of Arirang TV?
8. Any advice for Arirang TV so it can make a greater leap forward and gain wider recognition for its value?