Arirang TV to Split Programming
By Han Sang-hee
Korea's English-only channel Arirang TV will have a facelift starting next year.
The network announced that it is increasing the number of news programs and also developing new shows to promote the nation's image around the world.
``We have decided to specialize our channel (depending on region) ― the channel aired in Korea through cable, satellite and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) will carry various programs that highlight multicultural families; while the channel that is aired overseas will feature programs that focus on introducing and featuring Korea,'' said Lee Sung-wan, the vice president of Arirang TV, during a press conference at the Press Center, central Seoul, Tuesday morning.
Various networks around the world have started to realize the need for English channels, and although Arirang TV has been in the forefront with 13 years of experience, it has confronted a competitive race among top networks like CCTV from China, NHK from Japan and even Al Jazeera from Qatar.
The network will add three more news programs every day, plus offer interesting and creative shows to attract viewers from around the world.
Some of the new shows are ``G-Korea,'' ``Tasty Trail'' and ``Korea Confidential.''
``G-Korea'' will be hosted by Seoul National University professor Kim Sung-il and offer the present and future of green growth, from local policies, products and people who are striving to make Korea, and the world, a better place. Kim is also the councilor of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The show will air every Saturday at 7: 30 p.m.
``Tasty Trail'' and ``Korea Confidential'' will focus on Korean food, hosted by food columnist Benjamin Joinau and kitchen director at the COEX InterContinental Seoul Paul Schenk, respectively. From cooking to eating, the two hosts will bring the distinctive feature of Korean food up close and personal. ``Tasty Trail'' will air every Thursday at 9 p.m. and ``Korea Confidential'' every Friday at 9 p.m.
Aside from new programs, Arirang TV has also arranged a program exchange project with other countries, including Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Russia, Hungary, India and even Brazil.
``SWAP World'' will air local shows from each of these countries with English and Korean subtitles Monday through Friday at 8:30 p.m.
In addition, Arirang TV will also air a Vietnamese drama ``Chay An'' every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. This is the first time for a local network to air the complete series of a Vietnamese drama with English and Korean subtitles.
The new shows will start airing Jan. 4.