Articles by Martyn Williams

BBC confirms plans to launch North Korea radio service

The BBC World Service plans to launch a radio service for listeners in North Korea thanks to extra funding received from the British government. The money, some £85 million (US$128 million) per year, represents the single biggest increase in the World Service budget ever committed by…


Voice of Korea schedule through spring 2016

Voice of Korea, North Korea’s international shortwave broadcasting station, adjusted its transmission schedule on October 25 for the winter 2015 and spring 2016 seasons. The broadcasts follow the same basic line-up each day. :00 Opening signal, station identification: “This is Voice of Korea” :01 National…


Orascom has ‘lost control’ of Koryolink

Orascom Telecom and Media Technology (OTMT) says it has effectively lost control of Cheo Technology, the North Korean joint venture cellular operator that uses the Koryolink brand-name and has around 3 million subscribers. The dramatic statement was contained in the company’s latest financial report, which…


AFP to open Pyongyang bureau

French news agency Agence France Presse plans to open a bureau in Pyongyang, the company’s chairman said this week in Seoul. “We expect to be able to do so in the next few months. It’s something that is on the good tracks,” Emmanuel Hoog told…


Koryolink said to have 3 million subscriptions

North Korean cellular operator Koryolink has 3 million subscriptions, according to a report from Reuters. The figure was provided by a Koryolink staffer to Reuters correspondent James Pearson, who was in Pyongyang last week to cover the 70th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea. No…




Pyongyang Time is here and there are already changes

North Korea’s new time zone, Pyongyang Time, went into effect early Friday and changes are already being seen. The new time zone shifts time in North Korea so it’s half an hour later than the time in Seoul and Tokyo and half an hour close to Beijing. It…