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Yonhap’s news cable TV begins in Korea

Thursday 01 Dec 2011
Yonhap News Agency’s news cable TV channel, “news Y,” began broadcasting nationwide today, launching a new chapter in South Korea’s media, the agency reports.

Yonhap News Agency

 The channel broadcast its first signal through cable TV networks and a satellite broadcasting channel. Its services are also available on Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).

Four new general programme cable channels also launched their services today. The four are “MBN,” “JTBC,” “CSTV” and “Channel A”, respectively run by the broadcasting arms of Maeil Business Newspaper, the JoongAng Ilbo daily, the Chosun Ilbo daily and the Donga Ilbo daily.

Yonhap News TV gathers news from Yonhap’s 600 reporters worldwide, including 62 correspondents in 46 major cities across 35 countries. The channel will provide news based on the output of the newswire service and Yonhap Infomax, the financial news and information arm of the news agency.

Yonhap News Agency

News Y will focus more on live broadcasts and dispatches via telephone and broadcast vans rather than refined studio shots and pre-taped reports to make the news feel more real.

For this, news Y prepared an open studio, so anchors can be on air anywhere in the newsrooms of Yonhap News Agency and Yonhap News TV.

The company has broadcasting equipment such as a three-dimensional studio and uses 3D graphics for its weather forecasts.

 In addition, news Y will offer English-language news as well as North Korean news from state media.