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Channel A
Channel A Logo transparent.png
CountrySouth Korea
Broadcast areaSouth Korea
Asia (satellites only)
HeadquartersDong-A Media Center
1 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea[1]
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
OwnerDong-A Media Group
Key peopleJaeHo Kim (CEO)
LaunchedDecember 1, 2011

Channel A Corporation (Korean주식회사 채널에이; Hanja株式會社 채널에이), known as Channel A (Hangul: 채널A, typeset CHANNEL A), is a nationwide generalist cable TV network and broadcasting company in South Korea. The company's largest shareholder is Dong-A Media Group (DAMG), which consists of 12 affiliate companies including The Dong-a Ilbo.[2] Channel A was launched on 1 December 2011.[3] Channel A's management philosophy is 'Open & Creative' and the company slogan is 'Channel A, A Canvas that Holds Your Dreams.'[4] JaeHo Kim currently serves as the chief executive officer of Channel A.[5]

Channel A is one of four newly launched South Korea nationwide generalist cable TV networks alongside JoongAng Ilbo's JTBC, Chosun Ilbo's TV Chosun and Maeil Kyungje's MBN in 2011.[6][7][8][9][10] 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.


1963–1980: Dong-A Broadcasting Station (radio)

Dong-A Broadcasting System (DBS, Hangul: 동아방송) was established on April 25, 1963.

DBS' first ever radio drama show and South Korea's first docudrama, Yeomyeong 80 Years, aired every night (between 22:15 and 22:35). Since broadcasters at the time were only airing melodramas and soap operas, Yeomyeong 80 Years was a radical debut of a new drama genre in South Korean radio history. It stopped airing in 1964 and during the same year, the show was made into a six-book novel series and received the Hankook Ilbo Publishing Award. Delightful Livingroom, DBS' oldest radio show, was a talk show where different guests visited the set ("livingroom") and talk about different topics in humorous, sarcastic, and satirical manner. This show is also considered as South Korea's first talk show on neither TV or radio.[11]

DBS' music programme, Top Tune Show was the harbinger of radio Disc Jockey genre in South Korea. Other stations' music shows at the time were employing professional announcers as their presenters and the producers of the show would do the audio mixing separately. However, Top Tune Show first employed an integrated system where a single music-knowledgeable producer do everything from mixing, presenting to adding commentaries. Following Top Tune Show's popularity, similar music-genre programmes such as 'Dial at 3pm' and 'Dial at 0 hour' debuted. In these programmes, there was a common segment called the 'Request Corner.' In this segment, listeners will call in to request their desired song to be played live and this was possible due to DBS retaining a comparably large music library with more than 2000 world music records.[11]

DBS' What do you think? is the world's first "town meeting" program which started in 1965. It was a live debate show dealing with different political and economical issues. This show was an extremely radical program considering the oppressive military regime at the time where freedom of press was severely restricted. Furthermore, Hyun-Doo Kang, Seoul National University's honorary professor and former professor of journalism commented, "DBS will be recorded as the most brave station in the history of broadcasting."[11]

In 1966, DBS was able to live broadcast the 37th Dong-A Marathon and this was first time to live broadcast a full marathon race in South Korean radio history.[12] Furthermore, in 1964, DBS was the first broadcaster in South Korea to build a satellite studio in Midopa Department Store in Myeongdong.

In 1976, DBS Monday through Tuesday radio drama Pretty Boy Got the number one spot with 97.3%, achieving an all-kill against MBC's Nationwide News 8, KBS's Evening News and TBC's FM Latest Inkigayo on its time slot. No other radio program has break this record until now. In November 1980, DBS permanently discontinued airing due to the government's mandatory merger decision and was integrated with Korean Broadcasting System.[11] On December 25, 1980, Dong-A Broadcasting Station closed due to the mandatory merger to the Korean Broadcasting System by the military government forces resulting in the launching of KBS Radio Seoul. In 1991, Dong-A Broadcasting Station's Frequency of 792 kHz is transferred to Seoul Broadcasting System. On January 1, 2000, Construction completion of Dong-A Media Center.[13] On July 22, 2009, Amendment of Media law passed the national assembly to deregulate the media market of South Korea.

2011–present: Broadcasting of Channel A and DBS

On December 31, 2010, JTBC, TV Chosun, MBN, and Channel A are selected as "General Cable Television Channel Broadcasters".

On December 1, 2011, Channel A begins broadcasting.

On December 7, 2011, Construction on the Dong-A Digital Media Center (DDMC) begins.[14]

On March 2, 2012, STORY NETWORKS is established.[14]

In 2012, Channel A broadcasts the Golden Lion Pennant National High School Baseball Championship hosted by The Dong-a Ilbo.[15]

On October 17, 2014, Construction completed on the Dong-A Digital Media Center (DDMC).[16]

On July 1, 2015, Channel A Plus begins broadcasting.[14]

On March 17, 2016, Channel A broadcasts the Seoul International Marathon hosted by The Dong-a Ilbo.[17]

On December 26, 2016, Channel A B&C and Channel A Newsvision are established.[14]

On January 26, 2018, The 30,000th edition of the Dong-A Ilbo Directive was published.[14]

On February 20, 2019, the Korea Journalists Association awards Dong-A Ilbo the 'Korea Journalists Award' for reporting on former Minister Cho Kuk's personnel verification.[14]

On November 27, 2019, in the Korea Communications Commission's 2018 broadcast evaluation, Channel A was ranked first with the highest score among general programming channels.[14]

On April 1, 2020, Dong-A IIbo celebrates its 100th anniversary.[14]

Channel A TV programmes (2011–present)

See also: Category:Channel A television programmes

Current programmes

Day Title
Monday Super DNA, blood can't be fooled [18]
Monday Show Window: The Queen's House [19]
Tuesday Rich in ordinary people [20]
Tuesday Show Window: The Queen's House [19]
Thursday Body God[21]
Thursday The Fishermen and the City 3 [22]
Thursday Stars Awakening
Friday My Golden Kids [23]
Friday Watch Dr. Oh's Golden Clinic [24]
Saturday Doomed Marriage [25]
Sunday Now on My Way to Meet You [26]

Past programmes

Reality & Entertainment



X-File, The Food Story's Good-Natured Restaurant

Channel A's X-File, The Food Story, which began broadcasting on February 10, 2012, is an investigative crime TV show that deeply delves into the Korean food system and reports on restaurants' wrongdoings. Moreover, the staff of the show travelled around the country to locate restaurants that provide fresh and delicious food handled properly and safely and bestowed "Good-Natured Restaurant" title to these restaurants. These "Good-Natured Restaurants" became extremely popular and a huge hype.[28]

In 2013, the viewers of the show suggested to the producers to reverify these restaurants and the producers agreed to this suggestion. For more rational and objective results, a new investigation group was formed, which consisted of 15 people with various different occupations such as college student, food columnist, culinary arts professor, and housewives. The investigation group visited each of the restaurants in the "Good-Natured Restaurant" list and went through a thorough inspection processes.[29]


Newspaper affiliations

Kyeongin Ilbo, Kangwon Ilbo, Daejeon Ilbo, Kwangju Ilbo, Jeonbuk Ilbo, Maeil Ilbo, Busan Ilbo, Kyeongnam News, Jeju Ilbo[30]

Awards and nominations

Date Program Award Presenter
Jan 2012 – Mar 2014 Channel A Ranked No. 1 in Viewer Satisfaction Index (General Cable TV Networks) Korea Information Society Development Institute[31]
Jun 29, 2012 Documentary Special: Open Your Eyes to Africa Best Program of the Month (April 2014) Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC)[31]
July 25, 2012 Now on My Way to Meet You Clean Content Award The Clean Contents Movement[31]
Sept 6, 2012 Together, We Go Far Nanum Press Prize Hyundai 1% Oil Bank Foundation[31]
Sept 28, 2012 Now on My Way to Meet You Broadcast for Unification Award 10 Million Separated Families Association[31]
Nov 6, 2012 Greenland 13th KIPA Best Picture Award Independent Production Association[31]
Nov 14, 2012 Now on My Way to Meet You Honored by the Ministry of Unification Ministry of Unification[31]
Nov 28, 2012 A Week in Chingma Best Program of the Month (September 2012) KCSC[31]
Mar 5, 2013 Candidacy Report on Young-Jun Kim Best Journalist Report Award of the Month (January 2013) KCSC[31]
Mar 27, 2013 Exodus Out of North Korea Best Program of the Month (January 2013) KCSC[31]
Apr 9, 2013 Now on My Way to Meet You Soh Jaipil Cultural Press Award Soh Jaipil Commemoration[31]
Mar 25, 2014 X-File, The Food Story Best Program of the Month Korea Communications Standards Commission[31]
Apr 13, 2014 Exodus Out of North Korea World-Fest Houston Platinum Remi Award WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival[31]
May 24, 2016 Ordinary Millionaire Best Program of the Month KCSC[31]
Jun 16, 2016 Channel A Station ID Promotion Marketing & Design Global Excellence Award in Art Direction & Design Division Promax Awards[31]

See also


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