Friday, August 18, 2006

Ulchi drill tests cyber security News:
"Date: August 18, 2006
A national crisis management drill participated in by the public, civilian and military sectors took place on Thursday (Aug. 17), focusing on measures to counter 'cyber terrorism' in the 21st century. "
English CDs to publicize Korea overseas News:
"Date: August 18, 2006
The Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK) has produced 5,000 CDs to publicize Korea in the English language and will distribute them overseas for free.

According to VANK, the English CDs contain information on Korean history to help people around the world have a better understanding about Korea. "
Korea to host international digital broadcasting meeting News:
"Date: August 19, 2006
Korea will host an international conference on digital broadcasting in October, the Ministry of Information and Communication said Friday (Aug. 18). "

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper: "Samsung's new PDP TV dispenses with cables
Video lecture for bed-ridden students News:
Date: August 17, 2006
"The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (DOE) plans to put a video lecture program in place from August to help bedridden students."
Internet TV to debut in October News:
Date: August 17, 2006
"Koreans will be able to get the glimpse of Internet protocol (IP) TV soon as a trial run of the web-based audio, visual services is due in October."
Is it Sunny in Seoul? - OhmyNews International:
"New Web site predicts Korean weather in amazing detail"
INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "Internet firms win the right to broadcast TV content
August 17, 2006 ㅡ Internet service providers have won their battle with cable television networks, after senior figures in the government and broadcasting ruled that Internet providers can and should broadcast television content." [english donga]: "[Opinion] Public Broadcasting’s Grip
AUGUST 15, 2006 03:13
Broadcasting System (KBS) has made a new cable channel. KBS Sky Family, which will soon be on the air, is an entertainment channel that will specialize in quiz shows and variety shows. Most of the day time broadcasts allowed on KBS last December were reruns. KBS’s lax administration is expanding its business when it should be restructuring. The criticism of the masses couldn’t be lost on KBS. The reason it still keeps going in the wrong direction is because of egotism within the organization. " [english donga]: "Newspaper Chief Appropriated Loans
AUGUST 17, 2006 03:34

It was revealed that the director of The Korea Newspaper Circulation Service (KNCS) Kang Gi-seok appropriated private loans for operating expenses. A stir is expected over this affair because it is an unprecedented event that a government-run organization borrowed money from private loans. "
Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea:
"Internet TV to Go on Trial This Year
The IP TV service will enable users to watch the programs they want. Internet protocol TV, or online TV broadcasting, is to go on trial service as early as November. "
Large internet service providers push out small firms
"Daum and Naver hold sway; others struggle to survive

With a few large and deep-pocketed Internet portal companies dominating the market, small and medium-sized online service providers are struggling to keep their businesses alive."

Journalists vote Hankyoreh most reliable media company
"Over 80 percent said Blue House mishandles publicity

The Hankyoreh is considered the most reliable media outlet by journalists in the nation, according to the results of a survey conducted by Hangil Research & Consulting at the request of the Journalists Association of Korea upon the 43rd anniversary of its founding. The survey involved asking 300 reporters across the nation their opinion on current issues."

United Press International - NewsTrack - South Korea's Internet Protocol TV launch: "SEOUL, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A trial run of Internet Protocol TV will take place in South Korea in October, it was reported Wednesday. "

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

International kids’ film festival kicks off in Busan: "The first Busan International Kids’ Film Festival (BIKI) opened at Megabox in Haeundae, Busan, at 5 p.m. yesterday. The festival will continue for five days. The festival, organized by the BIKI Organizing Committee and The Hankyoreh, will introduce 102 movies from 19 nations, including 21 made by children themselves."
INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "Broadcast squabble slated for review
August 16, 2006 ㅡ The dogfight between Internet service providers and cable networks over the rights to television broadcasting has become more than a private affair, as big brothers have stepped into the ring. Today, the Information Ministry and the Korean Broadcasting Commission will hold official negotiations on communication and broadcasting at ministry headquarters in Gwanghwamun, Seoul."
Yahoo to webcast 24-hour cable news channel YTN News:
"Date: August 16, 2006
Yahoo Korea said yesterday it will start to service YTN, a 24-hour cable news channel, on the Internet portal from noon on Wednesday (Aug. 16). The live webcasting, however, falls in legal gray areas where regulations for broadcasting and showing of footage over the Internet are not well
The Seoul Times: "Monster Film Success Soothes S. Korea's Worried Cinema Industry
A rare monster film is blazing a trail in South Korea's cinema history, drawing record audiences and bolstering a local movie industry being weaned from decades of a protective screen quota."
YONHAP NEWS: "SK Communications launches Web community service in U.S. SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korean online company SK Communications Co. said Wednesday it has launched an Internet community service in the U.S. in a bid to secure a foothold in one of the world's largest cyber community markets. "
YONHAP NEWS: "S. Korea pushes for earlier introduction of Internet-based TV service SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's telecom regulator and broadcasting authorities came to an agreement Wednesday to make joint efforts for the test-operation of Internet-based TV within this year, clearing one of obstacles blocking the introduction of the next-generation communications and broadcasting service."
AsiaMedia :: KOREA: Court lifts charges against journalist:
"Lee Sang-ho's MBC report on wire-tapped conversations 'served the public's right to know' Korea Times Friday, August 11, 2006 By Kim Tong-hyung
A Seoul court Friday dropped criminal charges against a television news reporter who broke the story on the spy agency's illegal eavesdropping on civilians during previous governments last year."
Samsung YP-K5: Korea Gets All of the Cool MP3 Players - Gizmodo: "Samsung has released the YP-K5 MP3 player in Korea. This is pretty unfortunate for everyone else in the world because this player seems pretty awesome."

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper: "Can WiBro go along with DMB? What if the portable broadband platform WiBro comes with mobile TV functions? An easy combination it seem, as technologies are getting matured."

Monday, August 14, 2006

All Headline News - Telecom Companies Acquiring Content Providers In S. Korea - August 14, 2006: "Seoul, South Korea (AHN) - South Korea's biggest telecom firms Hanarotelecom Inc., KT Corp. and SK Telecom Co. are acquiring more content providers, in a bid to secure quality content for their services. "
S. Korea starts comprehensive online foreign investor service : International : Home: "South Korea on Friday started a comprehensive online information service that is expected to facilitate inbound investments and enhance living conditions for foreign nationals."