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KCTV updates its evening news graphics


North Korea’s main evening news bulletin has a new look.

Korean Central Television has updated the opening sequence of the 8pm evening news program for the first time since September 2012.

The new graphics begin with a map of the world, zooming into the DPRK and then a wall of clips from the station’s news programming including one of the country’s mass parades, a rocket launch, scenes from farming and industry, and several sports.

Here what the versions used until September 2012 and after that time looked like:

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And the new version that’s been in use since August 14:


And here’s video of the new opening:

And here’s the weather forecast opening, which isn’t new:

Thanks to Curtis Melvin for pointing this out.


North Korean TV on execution of Jang Song Thaek


Korean Central Television broadcast a 17-minute report on the special military tribunal of the DPRK Ministry of State Security. The trial concluded by sentencing Jang to death.

Here’s the clip:


KCNA deleted, then restored old reports on Jang


131209-jang-krt-2News reports that centered on Jang Song Thaek were deleted from the Korean Central News Agency’s website in the hours before state media announced his removal from power on Monday.

The reports vanished from the Korean-language portion of the site at around 5am Korean time on Monday (8pm GMT Sunday), said Frank Feinstein, a New Zealand-based researcher who runs the KCNA Watch service.

He said only the reports in which Jang was a central character were removed. Others that mentioned him in passing remained on the KCNA website. Feinstein was using his own index of KCNA articles as a reference to the original URLs.

“This is the first time I’ve caught them doing this red-handed,” he said in an email.

Four hours after the articles were deleted, they reappeared.

“There’s been absolutely no explanation as to why the articles were reinstated,” he said.

Among the articles that disappeared for several hours were some of the most recent that reported on Jang’s activities, including two from November 6 on Jang’s meeting with a visiting delegation from Japanese sports associations. Jang was meeting in his capacity as chairman of the State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission.

A later check by Feinstein of KCNA news photos that included Jang showed all remained available on the site.

Separately, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said North Korean state television aired a re-edited version of a documentary in which images of Jang had been removed.

The images below, from the ministry, shows how two scenes in the documentary were reedited to remove shots that included Jang (circled). As it is difficult to remove people from video images, the state propagandists used video shots taken at the same from other angles.











North Korean media coverage of Jang’s departure


North Korea’s state media revealed in stunning detail on Monday the alleged infractions of Jang Song Thaek and showed still images of his being led from a Worker’s Party of Korea meeting by soldiers.

The reports, which are unprecedented for North Korea, came just less than a week after South Korea’s National Intelligence Service reported to lawmakers in Seoul that he had been removed from power.

Here’s how state TV made the announcement.

Still images of Jang being led away are shown around the 8:40 mark.

And here’s the same story in English, as broadcast on Voice of Korea. The news begins at the 8:25 mark, after the opening anthems.

Pyongyang’s solar street lamps


New solar-powered street lamps were featured on the main 8pm evening news on North Korean state TV this week.

The solar panel and battery combo that powers the lamps was developed by Kim Chaek University of Technology and was introduced by an associate professor at the university named Cho Hyon Ho.

From the images, it’s possible to see a plate explaining the solar cell is based on a Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) compound. Here’s what Wikipedia says about such solar cells:

CdTe is used to make thin film solar cells, accounting for about 6 percent of all solar cells installed in 2010. They are among the lowest-cost types of solar cell, although a comparison of total installed cost depends on installation size and many other factors, and has changed rapidly from year to year. — Wikipedia, “Cadmium Telluride,” accessed February 10, 2013.

There are some shots of the lights installed outside. The technology behind the development isn’t particularly advanced, especially compared to the solar panels being produced in Japan and China, but the frequent power failures in North Korea could make this an important domestic technology.

Here’s the report and below it, some stills.


AP expands KRT video deal to high-def


The Associated Press has signed a deal with North Korean state television that gives it exclusive rights to high-definition video of major news events in the country.

The deal comes as AP and its biggest competitor, Reuters, race to expand their access to North Korea ahead of the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth — an event that is expected to see large scale celebrations and events in Pyongyang around April 15.

The new deal lasts three years and makes London-based APTN (Associated Press Television News) “the only agency to transmit broadcast-quality HD pictures of key news events in North Korea,” it said. The pictures will come from North Korean state broadcaster KRT with which AP already has an agreement to redistribute its video to AP member TV stations worldwide.

AP President Tom Curley announced the deal in Tokyo on Thursday (pictured, right).

For day-to-day coverage it gives APTN a leg up on Reuters TV, which has access to standard definition video footage from KRT and state news agency KCNA.

Competition between AP and Reuters to supply footage to TV stations is fierce and the new deal could give APTN an advantage, especially in countries like Japan where demand for footage is high and most broadcasters want HD pictures.

Additionally the deal gives APTN exclusive rights to provide high-definition video feeds for all news broadcasters wishing to transmit from the country. That means any TV station wanting to send a high-definition live shot from the DPRK will have to use AP’s services. That could mean big money in 2012 if the DPRK opens its doors to foreign TV stations.

The deal builds on a relationship between APTN, KRT and the DPRK’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications that began in 2006 when AP opened the first western TV news bureau in Pyongyang.


Kim Il Sung University computer lab (KRT News, Nov. 25, 2010)

A look at Kim Il Sung University’s computer labs


The visit of group of Chinese graduates of Kim Il Sung University to their alma mater has provided a chance to see some of the computer labs in the establishment.

Coverage of the visit was carried by both KCNA and state television, which broadcast a 40-second report on November 25th.

I’ve posted some stills from the TV report below. They show what appears to be a modern, well-equipped classroom with numerous flat-screen computer monitors and keyboards.

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Kim Il Sung University is the DPRK’s top place of learning and a computer science school was established there in 2000, according to state media.

The visitors were shown a presentation in a second room that was also equipped with at least 36 computers. Unlike the first room, which looked like a computer lab, the latter room was set up for teaching and lectures.

Pyongyang, November 24 (KCNA) — A friendly meeting with the members of the alma mater-visiting group of Chinese graduates from Kim Il Sung University took place at the university on Wednesday


Present there on invitation were members of the group headed by Xu Wenji, professor of Jilin University of China.

Vice-President Jo Chol, teachers and students of the university were on hand.

2010 National Program Contest


The 21st National Program Contest was opened on Thursday, according to state media. The annual event is a showcase for the latest computer software developed in the DPRK and sees prizes awarded in several categories.

This year they included 15 areas of research including “system and security, man-made intelligence and processing of Korean language information,” reported the official Korea Central News Agency.

In the past KCNA has typically reported some of the software on display at the exhibition and even named some programs, but this year its report was unfortunately lacking in such details. The closest it got was reporting the display of around 1,300 computer applications.

On display are a lot of valuable programs conducive to improving the standard of the people’s living by developing light industry and agriculture as well as increasing production in various fields of the national economy including metal, power and coal industries and railway transport.

The event took place at the Three-Revolution Exhibition, which had hosted the Pyongyang International Trade Fair earlier in the month.

A 1-minute report was carried on state TV news on Oct. 29. Here are some stills from that report:

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