Oct 28, 2019
Korean Central Television
Korean Central Television (KCTV; Korean: 조선중앙텔레비죤; MR: Chosŏn Chungang T’ellebijyon) is a television service operated by the Korean Central Broadcasting Committee, a state-owned broadcaster in North Korea. It is the only official source of television news for North Koreans.
The following illustrates part of a typical day’s broadcasting on KCTV on weekdays:
Approximate broadcast durations
Welcome to KCTV at 14:30 or 2:30 PM Pyongyang Time (00:00 or 12:00 AM GMT).
Highly modified version of the Philips PM5544 (4:3), Philips PM5644 (16:9), Test Pattern with digital clock and multiple elements including colour bars, resolution grids and other markings (the audio is music – usually classical or patriotic – and clock ident with the 8-note chime of “Song of General Kim Il-sung” as time signal)
National anthem, introduction announcement, “Song of General Kim Il-sung” (instrumental version) & “Song of General Kim Jong-il” (instrumental version), television listings
Special events recap
Afternoon News (“Report”, 보도 –Bodo–)
Press Review (오늘호 중앙신문개관)
Children’s Broadcast time (cartoons, anecdotes of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, etc.)
Law enforcement show
Military show (chorus, parade, exercises, etc.); also includes the military comedy show It’s So Funny
The evening news (“Report”, 보도 –Bodo–)
Sitcom (usually revolutionary or daily life themed TV series)
The late night news (“Among the Report today”, 오늘의 보도중에서 –Oneul’ui Bodojeung’eseo–)
TV listings for tomorrow, sign-off announcement, National Flag and music 《빛나는 조국》 (“Our Shining Country”)
Off the air. 8-bar Test Pattern with 1 kHz tone (tone but still black screen starts about 1.5 minutes after black screen start and lasts about 10 seconds at which point RF signal is completely cut; RF transmission begins again 21 minutes later the content of this transmission is bars+tone; bars without tone starts 1.25 minutes before beginning of next programme cycle)
13 hours and 10 minutes.