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Yang Sung-dong formally takes up new role as President and CEO at KBS

Mr Yang Sung-dong, the 23rd President and CEO of the Korean Broadcasting System, took office and began his term on April 6, 2018. President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea appointed him as chief of the nation’s leading public service broadcaster. Mr Yang, for the first time in the history of KBS, was recommended by an Ad Hoc Public Advisory Group, created as part of the selection process of new KBS President and CEO. The Group, consisting of 142 members of the general public, thoroughly reviewed his views on public broadcasting. His future strategies and plans for KBS were also examined through a series of presentation, panel discussion and question and answer session by the group.  

At the inauguration ceremony on April 9, 2018, Mr Yang emphasized his commitment to recreating KBS as the most trusted media organization in the country. Mr Yang also pledged that he would bring capable young staff members of KBS to get involved in the decision making process. He added, “We must continue to maintain KBS’ reputation which is based on its full editorial independence, and remain free from political power as well as influence over the power of capital.”