KBS2 is a South Korean free-to-air channel owned by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). Its programming mainly consists of drama and entertainment shows. KBS2 is a result of the forced merger of the Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation with KBS in 1980.

Launched7 December 1964
NetworkKorean Broadcasting System
Owned byKorean Broadcasting System
Picture format2160p (UHDTV)
(downscaled to 1080i and 16:9 480i for the HDTV and SDTV feeds respectively)
Audience share24.1% (2013 Next Years, KAN)
SloganThe youth channel
CountrySouth Korea
Broadcast areaSouth Korea
ReplacedDTV Seoul
(1964 -1965)
Joongang Broadcasting System
Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation
Sister channel(s)KBS1
KBS World
UHFChannel 28 (Korean Demilitarised Zone) Channel 45 (Namsan Station)
Digital terrestrial televisionSeoul:
Channel 7.1
SkyLifeChannel 7 (HD)
Available in every cable provider in South KoreaChannel slots vary on each operator
B TVChannel 7 (HD)
U+ TVChannel 7 (HD)
Olleh TVChannel 7 (HD)
Streaming media
KONG RadioKPlayer
KPlayer TVChannel 18



KBS2 is the home of predominantly entertainment and drama programs produced by KBS as well as airing KBS 8 Morning Newstime, KBS Newstime, and the other station's main newscast, Music Bank and You Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook, the network's main musical programs, Happy Together, Let's Go Dream Team!, 2 Days & 1 Night, The Return of Superman and Immortal Songs, the network's well known variety shows.


Carriage dispute

On 16 January 2010, a dispute broke out between KBS and the Korea Cable TV Association (KCTA) over carriage fees. KCTA sought to reduce fees from major national networks for carrying their feeds through subscription providers. KBS had demanded to charge 280 won per subscriber, while the TV providers limited their offer to 100 won per subscription. Negotiations reached a standstill, and so the providers decided to stop carrying KBS 2 nationwide starting from 3:00 p.m. (KST) on that same day. Due to loss in viewership, KBS2 experience major decline in their ratings. Following the blackout, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) has ordered the TV providers to resume distributing the channel or face a hefty fine. They initially refused, but on 17 January, they agreed to resume the channel's carriage after 28 hours.[1]

See also


  1. "Cable TV operators end 28-hour KBS blackout". onekpop.com. Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2013.

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