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Arirang TV
Launched October 4, 1999
Network Korea International Broadcasting Foundation
Owned by YTN Group, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Slogan Korea's Global TV
Korea's Multilingual TV
Your Everything Solutions
Growing Green
Country  South Korea
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters South Korea Seoul, South Korea
Website Official Site
SkyLife (South Korea) Channel 153
SamaCom (Middle East) Channel 153
Dish Network (USA) Channel 705
Hotbird (Europe) Channel ??
Indovision (Indonesia) Channel 351
Royal Cable (Philippines) Channel 53
Cable Star Iloilo (Philippines) Channel 53
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 147
Global Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 75
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 172
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 253
VCTV (Vietnam) Channel ??
TelkomVision (Indonesia) Channel ??
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Channel 149
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 65
Gigacable Aguascalientes (México) Channel 27
Parasat Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 108
now TV (Hong Kong) TBA
IndosatM2 (Indonesia) Channel ???
True IPTV (Thailand) Channel 17
Hypp.TV (Malaysia) Channel 2002

Arirang TV (Korean: 아리랑 TV) is an international, English-language network based in Seoul, South Korea, operated by The Korea International Broadcasting Foundation. The channel presents a diverse lineup of programs ranging from cultural features, documentaries, language programs and other entertaining segments designed to give viewers a contemporary and accurate look at Korea, Asia and the world at large. The network’s name, “Arirang,” is derived from the traditional Korean folk song of the same name.


Arirang TV

Founded in 1996, Arirang TV airs news, cultural programs, educational shows, documentaries and more 24 hours a day, in more than 188 countries. As Korea's premier English-language channel, Arirang's mission is to present an accurate view of Korea to the world through unbiased news reports and programs featuring a diversity of perspectives. Viewers with little knowledge about Korea or with an outdated impression of the country can gauge the pulse of the fast-changing nation through Arirang.

Some of the network's most popular and longest-running shows include Arirang News, Showbiz Extra, Pops in Seoul and Heart to Heart. "Arirang News" is one of many current affairs shows that provide up-to-the-minute, objective and in-depth coverage of domestic and international news. Through such programs as "Diplomacy Lounge" and the talk show "Heart to Heart," viewers can gain diverse insights and perspectives on Korea, glimpsing the country through the eyes of foreign diplomats, visiting international newsmakers and more. Though government affiliated, Arirang retains independent programming rights and presents a timely and accurate portrait of Korea.

Arirang also airs programs about Asia and the world, offering viewers in Korea and abroad culturally diverse content. Whether it's through a culinary show about global cuisines or a commercial made in conjunction with UNICEF to combat world hunger, Arirang serves as an international channel that bridges cultures.

Operated by The Korea International Broadcasting Foundation, Arirang broadcasts three channels: Arirang World, Arirang Korea and Arirang Arab. The network offers subtitles in languages including Arabic, Chinese and Spanish. Starting on March 3, 2008 Arirang TV adding three more languages namely Russian, Vietnamese and Indonesian. It is free-to-air in much of Europe, North America, Asia (excluding Korea), Australia and the Pacific region, and provided via Astra 1E, Hotbird 3, Intelsat (PAS) 2, 8, 9 and 10 and Arabic feed in Asiasat 3s and Badr4. Arirang Korea feed is now available in Koreasat 3 via SkyLife DTH service.


Arirang TV Milestones

  • 1996. 04. 10 The Korea International Broadcasting Foundation is founded.
  • 1997. 02. 03 Arirang TV domestic broadcasting is launched.
  • 1998. 10. 22 Arirang TV is designated the main operating body for overseas broadcasting by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism for the Republic Korea
  • 1998. 12. 16 The Media Exporting Center is established.
  • 1999. 08. 12 Arirang TV embarks on overseas broadcasting.(Asia-Pacific region)
  • 2000. 01. 10 The Translation and Interpretation Center is established.
  • 2000. 09. 26 Arirang TV launches worldwide broadcasting in Europe, Africa and the Americas
  • 2001. 03. 02 Arirang TV Media is founded
  • 2001. 10. 17 Dish Network begins retransmitting ArirangTV in US
  • 2002. 03. 01 Skylife begins to transmit ArirangTV in Korea
  • 2003. 09. 01 FM Radio launched on Jeju Island in Korea
  • 2004. 08. 01 Arirang TV is available on every continent in the world except Antarctica
  • 2004. 10. 01 Arabic language service launched in the Arab region
  • 2004. 12. 01 TPS begins to retransmit Arirang TV in France
  • 2005. 06. 27 Arirang TV adopts the new name, "arirang"
  • 2005. 09. 01 Satellite digital multimedia broadcasting is launched.(ch.43)
  • 2005. 12. 01 Terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting is launched.
  • 2006. 04. 01 Astra begins retransmitting Arirang TV in Western European region.
  • 2006. 09. 01 Internet broadcasting service "Arirang Cast" begins

Arirang Radio

Arirang Radio is Korea's premier English-language radio station, was founded by the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation in 1996.

Arirang Radio Milestones

  • 1996. 04. 10 The Korea Broadcasting Foundation is founded
  • 1997. 02. 03 Arirang TV domestic broadcasting is launched
  • 2002. 12. 13 Arirang FM broadcasting clearance given
  • 2003. 09. 01 Arirang FM broadcasting is launched (18hrs)
  • 2003. 10. 01 Arirang FM extends its broadcasting (22hrs)
  • 2005. 09. 01 SDMB (Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) is launched. (TU Media Channel 43) - Arirang Radio extends its broadcasting.(24hrs)
  • 2005. 12. 01 Terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting is launched.

Arirang TV Programs (Past and Present)

  • A History of East Asian Culinary Exchange
  • a Plus
  • Affairs of the Heart
  • Ancestral Legacies
  • Apple Tree
  • Arirang Arabic News
  • Arirang Cafe
  • Arirang News
  • Arirang Special
  • Arirang Sports M
  • Asia and the Cities
  • Asian Cuisine Tour
  • Battle Shinwa
  • Beyond Borders
  • Biz Today
  • Buzz in Business
  • Cartoon Time
  • Cine-Lab
  • Click! Digital Camera
  • Company Close Up
  • Coree Arirang
  • CrossWorld People
  • Cuisine Korea
  • Cuisine Tour
  • Day Break
  • Diplomacy Lounge
  • Drama Platinum
  • Drama Theater
  • Dream It
  • Documenraty World
  • Dynamic Korea
  • Edward's Live Kitchen
  • Electropia
  • Encore Documentary
  • eSports
  • Face to Face
  • Festive Journey
  • FOODelicious
  • Franceska
  • GEO Korea
  • Great Pathfinders
  • Hand in Hand
  • Health For All
  • Heart to Heart
  • Homey Korean
  • Host Family
  • I Love Korea
  • IDCF Special Cartoons
  • In Focus
  • In Law's War
  • In Style Plus
  • In Your Eyes
  • Innovation Korea
  • InStyle
  • InStyle Plus
  • Invest Korea
  • Kidsland Wowow
  • Korea 101
  • Korea Now
  • Korea This Week
  • Korea Today
  • Korea, The World's Best
  • Korean Freakonomists
  • Korean National Parks
  • Korean News Update
  • Korean Odyssey
  • Let's Speak Korean
  • Love or Nothing
  • Love's Pinwheel
  • Lush Life
  • Made in Korea
  • Michel
  • More Than Kimchi
  • Movie World
  • Museum Circuit
  • My Funky Family
  • National Treasures
  • Nature's Symphony
  • Nonstop
  • On the Road
  • Peninsula Scope
  • People & People
  • Perform Arts
  • Photo Essay
  • Pops in Seoul
  • Power Market
  • Power Product
  • Quiz Champions
  • Rank Korea
  • Real Express
  • Scenery of Korea
  • Screen Flash
  • Show Music Tank
  • Showbiz Extra
  • Showbiz World
  • Showking M
  • Sitcom
  • Some Like it Hot
  • Sound & Motion
  • Sports Express
  • STAR Real Story, "I Am"
  • Starlit Promenade
  • Superkids
  • Talk Around
  • Taste Your Life
  • The Contenders
  • The Great Aspiration
  • The Legacy of Historical Architecture
  • The Water Bloom
  • Thumb Bear Kkomzi
  • Trading Post
  • Traditional Symbols
  • Traveler's Korean
  • Veiled Truth
  • W 24/7
  • Wave Markers
  • WEG Programs
  • Win Win
  • Winning Choice
  • Wiz & Biz Korea
  • Working It
  • World Best Restaurant
  • World Sports
  • World Wonders
  • Ya Tribe

Broadcast K-Dramas (Past and Present)


Arirang TV is viewed by many observers as very 'biased and unrealistic' in its coverage of South Korea, many of their programs allegedly showing characteristics of propaganda, similar to China's CCTV-9. It has also been known to censor negative views of South Korea [1] [2].

Arirang TV will cease airing in the Philippines due to poor ratings. [3]


  1. ^ Arirang TV (Arirang gets rid of annoying outside views)
  2. ^ Arirang TV (Response)
  3. ^ TV STAR GUIDE June 2008 Issue


Address: Arirang Tower 1467-80 Seocho-dong Seocho-Gu Seoul 137-868, Korea Tel: 82-2-3475-5000 E-mail:

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