Arirang TV
CountrySouth Korea
Broadcast areaUnited States
United Kingdom
HeadquartersSeoul, South Korea
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feeds)
OwnerKorea International Broadcasting Foundation
Key peopleLee Seung Youl (CEO)
Launched3 February 1997; 24 years ago (1997-02-03)
WebsiteOfficial website
DirecTV (United States)Channel 2095
Sky (UK & Ireland)Channel 522 (HD)
Sirius TVTesting Channel
Zuku TV (Kenya)Channel 512
Unifi TV (Malaysia)Channel 463 (HD)
Streaming media
YouTube (Arirang TV)Live broadcast
YouTube (Arirang World)Live broadcast
YouTube (Arirang UN)Live broadcast
Arirang Tower, headquarters for Arirang TV, in Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Arirang Tower, headquarters for Arirang TV, in Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Arirang TV (Korean아리랑 TV; RRArirang tibeui, stylized as arirang) is an English-language South Korean television network based in Seoul and aimed at an overseas audience. It is operated by the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation and is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.[1] The channel, which airs in 103 countries, aims to offer an extensive and informative view of Korea Peninsula affairs, as well as world issues from a global perspective.[2][3]

The channel airs different programming in different countries, but generally airs news, cultural programs, educational shows and documentaries.[4][5]

Its flagship news programs feature timely current affairs stories, in-depth interviews with world experts and prominent individuals.


Arirang International Broadcasting Corporation began airing on February 3, 1997. It was operated by the non-profit Korea International Broadcasting Foundation, which was created by Article 32 of the South Korean Civil Code on April 10, 1996. Initially, the channel was available only on cable and satellite television in South Korea and was targeted to foreigners living in or visiting the country.[6]

Arirang International Broadcasting Corporation has three channels for overseas viewers. Arirang World was established as a satellite television channel in 1999 and is broadcast in English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Arabic, Russian, Vietnamese, and Indonesian. Arirang UN was established in 2015, and is broadcast in English.[5][6] As of 2018, the channels are broadcast in 103 countries.[1]


Satellites and Coverage
Satellites and Coverage

Arirang International Broadcasting Corporation provides subtitle services in a variety of different languages in order to interact closely with overseas viewers.

(English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Vietnamese, Indonesian)

Arirang News

Arirang TVs flagship news program airs 7 times a day, including two interview shows In-Depth and Global Insight. Interviews range from OECD Secretary General José Ángel Gurría to former NBA star Dennis Rodman.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b Jung, Min-ho (2018-01-04). "Arirang TV to sack 190 employees, shut 18 programs". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  2. ^ Kim, Tong-hyung (2009-05-20). "Arirang TV Fighting Do-or-Die Fight". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  3. ^ Kim, Daeho (2018). Media Governance in Korea 1980–2017. Springer. p. 87. ISBN 978-3319703022.
  4. ^ Kim, Jae-heun (2016-09-27). "Arirang TV starts 24-hour broadcast in UK". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  5. ^ a b "About Arirang: Channel Profile". Arirang. Korea International Broadcasting Foundation. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  6. ^ a b Kim, Junghoon (2009). "The Current State & Issues in International Broadcasting in the Republic of Korea: Case Study on Arirang International Broadcasting Corporation". Japan Media Communication Center. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  7. ^ Arirang Global Insight exclusive interview with OECD SG