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Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)
Native name
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jushikhoesa Eseubieseu
McCune–Reischauer Chusikhoesa Esŭbiesŭ
Korean name
Revised Romanization Seoul Bangsong Jusikhoesa
McCune–Reischauer Sŏul Pangsong Chushikhoesa
Type Public
KRX: 034120
Founded14 November 1990;32 years ago (1990-11-14)
161, Mokdongseo-ro, Yangcheon District, Seoul
Area served
Worldwide, with a focus in South Korea
Key people
  • Yoon Se-young (Founder)
  • Park Jung-hoon (President)
Products Television show
Services Broadcasting
Web portal
Revenue 792,884,228,900 (2015)
₩42,152,487,870 (2015)
₩34,884,042,815 (2015)
Total assets ₩934,369,945,679 (2015)
Total equity ₩91,262,910,000 (December 2015)
Number of employees
1,141 (December 2015)
Parent SBS Media Holdings
  • SBS A&T
  • Mediacreate Co., Ltd.

Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) (Korean : 에스비에스; RR : EseuBiEseu) is one of the leading South Korean television and radio broadcasters. The broadcaster legally became known as SBS in March 2000, changing its corporate name from Seoul Broadcasting System (서울방송;Seoul Bangsong). Its flagship terrestrial television station SBS TV broadcasts as channel 6 for digital and cable.


Established on 14 November 1990, SBS is the largest private broadcaster in South Korea, and is owned by the Taeyoung Construction. It operates its flagship television channel which has a nationwide network of 10 regional stations, and three radio networks. SBS has provided digital terrestrial television service in the ATSC format since 2001, and T-DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) service since 2005.


After South Korean democratic reform in 1987, the government decided to create a new commercial broadcaster in South Korea. MBC was a part of KBS to broadcast sporting events like the 1986 FIFA World Cup; however, the purpose for South Korea's new commercial broadcaster was to become an alternative channel for the public, more than there was before 1990 under MBC. With the separation of MBC from KBS, the government had succeeded in this and introduced a new South Korean commercial broadcaster called SBS. According to the National Pension Service, SBS is South Korea's second commercial broadcaster after MBC, and it was founded on 14 November 1990, when the government allowed the creation of a second commercial station in Seoul. SBS first marked its establishment by beginning experimental demo emissions, and then later, commenced its test transmissions for its TV and radio channels on 1 December 1990. Later, on 20 March 1991, SBS started its regular broadcasts by launching SBS Radio's first regular broadcast on AM 792kHz. [1] 9 months later, on 1 December 1991, when MBC celebrated its 30th anniversary, SBS commenced its official broadcasts with the introduction of SBS TV at 10:00am in Seoul, and it was designated as "The Day of Birth of SBS", [2] as was broadcast by MBC on the program MBC Newsdesk. [3] Initially, SBS were only broadcasting terrestrially in Seoul and its surrounding areas. On 9 October 1992, the government began accepting applications for private broadcasting stations in other regions of the country. SBS had planned for a television and radio broadcast affiliate network that aimed to air SBS' programs in other new regional channels before its 5th anniversary. In 1994, the private channels KNN in Busan, TJB in Daejeon, TBC in Daegu, and KBC in Gwangju were created after government approval. [4] On 14 May 1995, SBS launched its national television network with its new local affiliates, KNN, TJB, TBC, and KBC. SBS managed a network that aired SBS programs in other regional channels while local stations created local programming to suit the local residents needs. [5]

In 1996, plans for an FM radio station, which would complement the existing AM station, came into fruition. On 14 November 1996, SBS Power FM began broadcasting on 107.7 MHz as a music-centric station. On 4 January 1999, the original SBS Radio on AM 792 kHz began broadcasting on FM as well. The station rebranded as SBS Love FM on 103.5 MHz, simultaneously airing on both AM and FM frequencies. [6] High-definition digital television was introduced in 2001. Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) was introduced in 2005.

SBS introduced its current logo on 14 November 2000, after its 10th anniversary celebration titled SBS 10th Anniversary Special: Thank You, Viewers, to ensure the overall coherence of the current identity. SBS' logo has three embryos placed in a circle of the model where three colors are used to represent the symbol of human-centered, cultural and creative, future-oriented management philosophy, showing that the 'life' and 'the seeds of civilization' has centered on the theme of SBS.[ citation needed ] SBS' branding is used on many products such as vehicles, microphones, envelopes, business cards, memorabilia, helicopters, signs, ganpanryu, seosikryu, uniforms, program titles, etc. SBS also used the slogan "Humanism thru Digital" prior to January 2010 when a new slogan was introduced. Gomi is the mascot of SBS-oriented, as the new face of 'Humanism thru Digital' it attempted to show the harmony of nature and human life and highlight that a greener environment is important. [7] On 29 October 2012, SBS TV became South Korea's second channel to go 24/7. However, this was discontinued in 2017 and has reverted to daily sign-off routines overnight (alongside MBC TV).

The network's current advertising slogan is Together, we make delight (함께 만드는 기쁨), as used in a new station identification video with's "We Can Be Anything" as background music. [8] [9]

SBS channels

NameFrequencyPower (kW)Transmitter Site
SBS Love FM 103.5 MHz FM
98.3 MHz FM
10 kW (FM)Mount Gwanaksan, Seoul (FM)
Icheon City, Gyeonggi Province (FM)
SBS Power FM 107.7 MHz FM
100.3 MHz FM
10 kW
Mount Gwanaksan, Seoul
Saengyeon-dong, Dongducheon City, Gyeonggi Province
SBS V-Radio CH 12C DMB2 kWMount Gwanaksan, Seoul

Holding and subsidiaries

SBS Media Holdings, Ltd.
Native name
Korean name
Revised Romanization (Ju) Eseubieseu Midieo Holdingseu
McCune–Reischauer (Chu) Esŭbiesŭ Midiŏ Holtingsŭ
Type Public
KRX: 101060 (2008.3.24)
FoundedSeoul, South Korea (4 March 2008 (2008-03-04))
161, Mokdongseo-ro, Yangcheon District, Seoul
South Korea
ServicesBroadcasting holding company
Revenue473,523,143,447 won (2015)
23,260,805,348 won (2015)
25,227,364,840 won (2015)
Total assets 881,606,449,180 won (December 2015)
Total equity 69,948,095,000 won (December 2015)
OwnerTaeyoung Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd: 61.42%
Kiturami Boiler Co., Ltd: 8.78%
National Pension Service: 6.98%
Parent Taeyoung E&C  [ ko ](KRX: 009410)
Subsidiaries SBS
SBS Contents Hub
SBS Medianet

Family companies

SBS Media Holdings Archived 12 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine [10] Parent company of SBS
SBS International, Inc. Operates SBS America, mainly on Los Angeles.
SBS Academy Trains and manages employees
SBS Artech Provides creative support
SBS Newstech Provides information technology
SBS Contents Hub Distributes media online
SBS Culture Foundation Provides support for broadcast and cultural innovation
Seoam Foundation Provide scholarships to deserving individuals
SBS Medianet Operates the cable channels of SBS F!L, SBS Biz, SBS Sports, SBS Golf, SBS M and SBS Golf 2
Medianet PlusOperates the cable channels of SBS Plus and SBS funE
Studio S Provides in-house drama production
Binge Works [11] Production company
Vlending Co., Ltd. (SBS and MBC)Provides music distribution

SBS Regional

ChannelCorporate NameBroadcast RegionSince
SBSSeoul Broadcasting System Seoul Capital Area 14 November 1990
KNN Korea New Network Busan and South Gyeongsang April 1994
TJB Taejon Broadcasting Corporation Daejeon, Sejong and South Chungcheong 9 April 1994
JIBS Jeju International Broadcasting System Jeju Island 10 April 1994
TBC Taegu Broadcasting Corporation Daegu and North Gyeongsang 10 August 1994
kbc Kwangju Broadcasting Corporation Gwangju and South Jeolla 10 August 1994
CJB Cheongju Broadcasting North Chungcheong 5 July 1996 [12]
ubc Ulsan Broadcasting Corporation Ulsan 4 September 1996
JTV Jeonju Television North Jeolla 25 January 1997
G1 Gangwon No.1 Broadcasting Gangwon 16 November 1999


SBS dramas have been part of the "Korean wave", exported to many countries across the world. Sandglass has one of the highest viewership ratings in South Korea, and is considered the breakout drama for the network. [13] Other dramas that have enjoyed high viewership include Lovers in Paris , Trap of Youth  [ ko ], Brilliant Legacy , Rustic Period , Temptation of Wife , The Heirs , and My Love from the Star . [14] SBS airs a variety of entertainment programs ranging from informational, comedy, music, reality, talk shows, and auditions. Many programs are popular throughout Asia, including X-Man , Family Outing , Running Man , Inkigayo , and many more. [15] [16] SBS documentaries encompass a wide range of issues, from foreign affairs to the environment. Unanswered Questions  [ ko ] (Korean:그것이 알고싶다/literal translation: I Want to know) premiered in 1992, and has since earned notoriety for its investigations from a journalistic standpoint. SBS also broke tradition by creating its flagship newscast SBS Eight O'Clock News , airing at 20:00 instead of 21:00, giving itself the slogan "News an hour earlier". [17] It also produces news-analysis programs such as Morning Wide, Nightline, SBS Current Affairs Debate, Curious Stories Y, and In Depth 21 covering the political, economic, social and cultural issues of the days.

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