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 any government and is being given as part of Britain’s national security strategy.
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 Anthem
:03 Song of General Kim Il Sung
:06 Song of General Kim Jong Il
:09 News, editorials (approx 15 minutes, but can be extended to full broadcast), followed by music
:30 Reminiscences of Great Leader President Kim Il Sung of the century
:40 Music and features
:50 Editorial, special message (occasional)
:55 Frequency information
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 the CEO of South Korean news agency Yonhap during a meeting, according to a Yonhap report.
The BBC has proposed launching a daily news service for North Korea, but the broadcast could be years from starting, if it starts at all.
Plans for the service were included in a report published on Monday by the BBC that outline its proposals for the next decade. Among the, additional efforts by the BBC World Service to focus on “parts of the world where there is a democratic deficit in impartial news.”
As part of that effort, the BBC said it wants to begin “A daily news programme, seven days a week, for North Korea, initially delivered through shortwave.”
Reports from inside the country claim a 200% increase in coal yield ‘spurred by hatred’ and ‘more than 1 million’ new volunteers to the army
By Maeve Shearlaw, The Guardian
Emergency negotiations between North and South Korea enter their third day after two landmines exploded near the demilitarised zone (DMZ) earlier this month, escalating tensions between two countries technically at war.
With talks ongoing, the Associated Press reported that imminent conflict has been avoided the path to a peaceful and full resolution will be rocky: South Korea wants an apology for the landmine attack, for which North Korea have denied any responsibility.
In reporting events the authoritarian regime defaulted to its usual bellicose rhetoric. Since Friday, KCNA Watch, a media tracking service operated by NK News, has been dominated by stories littered with overblown statements and calls for retribution that have become North Korean media’s trademark.
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 was announced last week and was introduced on August 15 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan.
It sure seems like 2015 is the year of the North Korea book. There have already been a number of high profile autobiographies by defectors and journalists and specialists continue to turn out books that look at the country, its leader and its future.
So, to bring all these books together into one place and to help pay my server bills, I’m launching a North Korea Book Store.
Books are organized by subject and there’s a list of upcoming titles, so you can place pre-orders before they are published.
The design of the website of North Korea’s main daily newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, was refreshed on Monday.
The new site has fewer pictures on the front page and leads with a list of stories.
And being North Korean, features detailing the work of Kim Jong Un receive top billing.