Korea Central Television

Sochi Olympics coverage on KCTV

Every time the Olympics or World Cup com around, there’s the question of whether viewers in the DPRK will be able to see the major sporting events. North Korea’s KCTV often manages to air portions of the events, but only with technical assistance from other…





KCTV gets more connected

Korean Central Television, the DPRK’s main nationwide TV channel, appears to have received another technology upgrade. New satellite images uploaded to Google Earth show four satellite dishes on the roof of a building at the TV and radio broadcasting center. They weren’t there a few…


Report: DPRK testing digital TV

North Korea began digital TV broadcasting trials last year, according to a report published this week. There were no other details of the tests included in the report, which was carried by the Korea Computer Center’s Naenara portal as part of an article on upgrades…


Great National Unity website launches

North Korea’s newest website, Great National Unity, launched Thursday. The site is supposedly run by Pyongyang Broadcasting Station, the country’s radio station that targets Korean-language speakers in South Korea, Japan and China, and its imminent launch was announced by state radio earlier this week. At…


Ranking Eric Schmidt’s Pyongyang trip

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is back from Pyongyang. His visit made headlines around the world, but what about inside North Korea? I took a look at the main 8pm evening news on North Korean TV to see where the visit ranked. Details of Eric Schmidt’s…


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…