Four TV stations pass evaluationsThree general programming channels, including JTBC and one news channel, are close to winning three-year extensions of their operations.
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) announced yesterday that the four channels - JTBC, TV Chosun, Channel A and News Y - scored above a passing grade of 650 points in evaluations, but the final decision on extensions will be announced tomorrow after the commission examines the channels’ business plans.
JTBC, an affiliate of the JoongAng Ilbo, received the highest grade in the evaluation, 727 out of 1,000 full points, followed by News Y with 720 points and TV Chosun and Channel A with 685.
The KCC warned TV Chosun and Channel A that they have aired more news programs and reruns than they planned so far.
The government is worried that general programming channels will fill up their broadcasting hours with news, which is cheaper to produce than other programming.
There are four general programming channels run by the country’s major newspapers.
Similar to terrestrial channels like MBC and KBS in terms of programming, general programming channels are aired via satellite and cable. Unlike terrestrial channels, they can air programs 24 hours a day and profit by placing commercials in the middle of TV shows.
News Y is one of two channels dedicated to news. It is obliged to broadcast news for at least 80 percent of its time on the air.
Another general programming channel, MBN, was not evaluated because its operation permit expires in November.
Even if all four channels receive three-year extensions, they are required to stick to their business plans, abide by broadcast law and submit investment plans for their programming within the next two months.
BY KIM JI-YOON [firstname.lastname@example.org]