China modernized North Korea’s TV news
The sudden refresh of North Korea’s staid state TV evening news appears be thanks to help from China’s state TV broadcaster.
China Central Television, the government-run broadcaster of China, donated 5 million yuan (about US$800,000) of equipment to North Korea’s Korea Central Television to help improve its news broadcasts, according to a Chinese news report.
There are very few details of the deal except for a single Chinese-language report and a piece from the Korea Central News Agency.
Here’s the North Korean report:
Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) — The Chinese Central TV donated equipment to the Central Broadcasting Committee of Korea.
A donating ceremony took place here on Tuesday.
Present there were Ri Chol, fire vice-chairman of the Central Broadcasting Committee of Korea, officials concerned, a delegation of the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film and Television led by Vice-Minister Li Wei, Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai and embassy officials.
Speeches were made at the ceremony.
The participants looked round the donated equipment.
And here’s the Chinese report:
9月25日，朝鲜中央电视台的导播人员正在工作。朝鲜中央电视台建立于1963年3月3日，位于平壤市牡丹峰区，是朝鲜民主主义人民共和国政府主办的官方电视台。 新华社记者张利摄 — Xinhua News Agency, Sept. 26, 2012.
Which loosely translated says the donation has taken North Korean TV into the digital age and helped it improve programming.
A further innovation — two news anchors sitting at the desk with a computerized background — just appeared making the news broadcasts look even more like those from the rest of the world. Before the changes, the news bulletins were very much of the presentation style seen in the 1970s in many countries.
Here’s a couple of screen grabs of the latest presentation (click to make them larger):
While the Chinese report was brief, Xinhua did run four photos that provide a rare glimpse behind the scenes at North Korean TV and show what is presumably the new equipment.
It’s a massive change from the news operation of old, which was disclosed when China Central Television went behind the scenes earlier this year.
The new equipment probably makes at least some of the station high-definition capable, although there’s probably be a lot more work to be done before we see the first HD images from North Korea’s state TV.
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