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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Korean Twisted Mass Media, Part I: Korea JoongAng Daily and JTBC


JoongAng Ilbo (Hanja: 中央日報) is a daily newspaper published in Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the three biggest newspapers in South Korea. The paper also publishes an English edition, Korea JoongAng Daily, in alliance with the International New York Times. The main office of JoongAng Ilbo is located at 88 Seosomun Avenue/Seosomunno, Sunhwa-dong 7-beonji, Seoul Jung-gu with its postal code: 100-759.

It was first published on September 22nd 1965 by Lee Byung-chul, the founder of Samsung Group which once owned the TongYang Broadcasting Company (TBC). In 1980, JoongAng Ilbo gave up TBC and TBC merged with KBS. JoongAng Ilbo is the pioneer in South Korea for the use of horizontal copy layout, topical sections, and specialist reporters with investigative reporting teams. Since April 15th 1995, JoongAng Ilbo has been laid out horizontally and also became a morning newspaper from then on.

The Korea JoongAng Daily is the English language version of the newspaper, and it is one of three English-language daily newspapers in South Korea, along with The Korea Times and The Korea Herald. It runs mainly news and feature stories by staff reporters, and some stories translated from the Korean language newspaper. As of March 18th 2007, it has produced a Sunday edition called JoongAng Sunday.

It also publishes a United States edition, with branches from Toronto to Buenos Aires. Its parent company, Joongang Media Network (JMNet) holds publication rights to Korean editions of Newsweek and Forbes magazine as well as 25% of the shares of JTBC cable TV.

JTBC a.k.a JoongAng-TongYang Broadcasting Corporation (Hangul: 제이티비씨) is a South Korean nationwide general cable TV network and broadcasting company, in which the largest shareholder is JoongAng Ilbo/JoongAng Media Network with 25% of shares. It was launched on December 1st 2011.

JTBC is one of four new South Korean nationwide general cable TV networks alongside Dong-A Ilbo's Channel A, Chosun Ilbo's TV Chosun and Maeil Kyungje's MBN in 2011. The four new networks supplement existing conventional free-to-air TV networks like KBS, MBC, SBS and other smaller channels launched following deregulation in 1990.

The JoongAng Ilbo, which used to be a part of the Samsung Group, had owned a TV station before. In 1964 it founded the Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) and ran the network for 16 years. In 1980 however TBC was forcibly merged with the state-run KBS by the military regime of Chun Doo-hwan. Market watchers saw the return of JoongAng Ilbo to television in JTBC as the reincarnation of TBC in 2011.