Arirang (TV network)

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Launched 3 February 1997; 20 years ago (3 February 1997)[1]
Network Korea International Broadcasting Foundation
Owned by N/A (not deemed w/ interconnection of MBC)
Picture format 480i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Slogan Korea's Global TV
Korea's Multilingual TV
Your Everything Solutions
Growing Green
Asia's Heartbeat
The World On Arirang
Country South Korea
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Website Official Site
Astra 19.2 (FTA) 11.509Ghz Vertical
Hot Bird (FTA) 11.623Ghz Vertical
Intelsat 19 (FTA) 3.815Ghz Vertical and 12.557GHz Horitzontal
Intelsat 20 (FTA) 4.054Ghz Vertical
Intelsat 21 (FTA) 3.88Ghz Vertical
KT SkyLife (South Korea) Channel 98
SamaCom (Middle East) Channel 153
Claro TV (Peru) Channel 154
Cignal (Philippines) Channel 161
G Sat (Philippines) Coming Soon
DirecTV (US) Channel 2095
Transvision (Indonesia) Channel 617
Freesat (UK) Channel 214 (HD)
Sky (UK & Ireland) Channel 690 (HD)
Channel 351
Sky Cable (Philippines) Channel 147 (Digital)
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 70
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 817
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 253
HTVC (Vietnam) Channel 58
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Channel 150
Gigacable Aguascalientes (México) Channel 27
Parasat Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 108
Surigao Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 70
Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 73 (Analog)
Channel 147 (Digital)
TBC (Taiwan) Channel 129
newTV (Taiwan) Channel 306
Cablevision (Argentina) Channel 563
Comcast (US) Channel 667
Macau Cable TV (Macau) Channel 221
Clear TV (Nepal) Channel 872 (HD)
Caceres Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 18 (Analog)
Channel 503 (Digital)
Singtel TV (Singapore) Channel 182
True IPTV (Thailand) Channel 796
HyppTV (Malaysia) Channel 416 (Coming Soon)
CHT MOD (Taiwan) Channel 751
TOT iptv (Thailand) Channel 207
myTV Super (Hong Kong) Channel 708
Large, gray, glass-fronted building
Arirang Tower in Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Arirang TV (Korean: 아리랑 TV; Arirang tibui) is a state-run international English-language network based in Seoul, South Korea, operated by the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation. The channel presents programs (including news, cultural features, documentaries and language programs) designed to give viewers a contemporary, accurate look at Korea, Asia and the world. The network's name, "Arirang", is derived from the traditional Korean folk song of the same name.[2] Programming is available on the Arirang website, YouTube and on some TV providers.


Launched in 1997, the network airs news, cultural programs, educational shows and documentaries.[3] Among the network's longest-running shows are Arirang News, Showbiz Korea, Pops in Seoul and The Innerview. Arirang News is a current-affairs show providing coverage of domestic and international news. Although government-affiliated, Arirang retains independent-programming rights. The network airs programming about other countries, for culturally-diverse content; this includes culinary shows about global cuisines, traditional culture about other countries and public-service announcements in conjunction with UNICEF to combat world hunger.[4]

Operated by the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation, Arirang broadcasts three channels: Arirang World, Arirang Korea and UN channel. The Arirang World network offers subtitles in a number of languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Spanish. On March 3, 2008, Arirang TV added three more languages: Russian, Vietnamese and Indonesian. The network is free-to-air in much of Europe, North America, Asia (except Korea), Australia and the Pacific region 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 the SkyLife DTH service.



  • 10 April 1996: The Korea International Broadcasting Foundation is founded
  • 3 February 1997: Arirang TV domestic broadcasting is launched
  • 22 October 1998: Arirang TV is designated the main operating body for overseas broadcasting by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
  • 16 December 1998: The Media Exporting Center is established
  • 12 August 1999: Arirang TV embarks on overseas broadcasting (Asia-Pacific region)
  • 10 January 2000: The Translation and Interpretation Center is established
  • 26 September 2000: Arirang TV launches worldwide broadcasting in Europe, Africa and the Americas
  • 2 March 2001: Arirang TV Media is founded
  • 17 October 2001: Dish Network begins retransmitting Arirang TV in US
  • 2 March 2002: Skylife begins transmitting Arirang TV in Korea
  • 1 September 2003: FM Radio launched in Jeju Province
  • 1 August 2004: Arirang TV is viewed on every continent in the world
  • 20 August 2004: Arabic language service launched in the Arab region
  • 1 December 2004: TPS begins retransmitting Arirang TV in France
  • 27 June 2005: Arirang TV/Radio adopts the new name, "arirang"
  • 1 September 2005: Satellite digital multimedia broadcasting is launched (ch.43)
  • 1 December 2005: Terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting is launched
  • 1 April 2006: Astra begins retransmitting Arirang TV in Western European region
  • 1 September 2006: Internet broadcasting service "Arirang Cast" begins
  • 19 February 2014: Arirang TV starts broadcasting on the USA satellite platform
  • 14 July 2015: Arirang TV launches United Nations In-house Network
  • 27 September 2016: Arirang TV launches in HD for viewers with Sky and Freesat in the UK

Arirang Radio[edit]

A related production, Arirang Radio, also broadcasts English-language content internationally.


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