|Launched||December 7, 1964 (as DTV Seoul)
August 3, 1965 (as JBS)
July 1, 1966 (as TBC)
December 1, 1980 (as KBS 2TV)
|Owned by||"Korean Broadcasting System|
|Picture format||"480i ("4:3 "SDTV)
"1080i ("16:9 "HDTV)
|Broadcast area||Digital TV : "South Korea
DMB and Analog TV : "South Korea, "North Korea, "Jilin and "Liaoning, "China
|Replaced||DTV Seoul/HLCD-TV (1964 until 1965)
JBS-TV/HLCD-TV (Joongang Broadcasting System) (1965 until 1966)
TBC-TV/HLKC-TV (Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation) (1966 until 1980)
|"Analogue||Channel 7 (50kW/"Seoul)
Until December 31, 2012
|"Analogue||Channel 28 (100kW/"DMZ)|
|"Digital||Channel 17 ("UHF 489.31MHz-"LCN 7-1/2.5kW) (Seoul)|
|"SkyLife||Channel 7 (HD)|
|Available on most South Korean cable systems||With Channel Numbers 7, 8, 10 and 12 in common.
Check local listings for details
|"B TV||Channel 7 (HD)|
|U+ TV||Channel 7 (HD)|
|"Olleh TV||Channel 7 (HD)|
|64MATV||Search and Click on KBS2|
|KONG Radio||Click on 2TV 생방송|
|KPlayer TV||Channel 18 (Subject to Geo-Blocking on Selected Shows.)|
KBS2 is a general entertainment and drama channel of the "Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). It is famous for its drama and entertainment programs. The television station is a result of the forced merger of the "Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation (former body of "JTBC) to KBS in 1980. KBS2 is similar to "BBC One in the United Kingdom, "NPO 1 and "NPO 3 in the Netherlands, "France 2 in France, "TVNZ 2 in New Zealand and "Das Erste in Germany.
KBS2 is the home of predominantly entertainment and drama programs produced by KBS as well as airing KBS Evening 6 Newstime, the station's only main newscast, "Music Bank and "You Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook, the network's main musical programs, "Happy Together, "Let's Go Dream Team!, "2 Days & 1 Night, "The Return of Superman and "Immortal Songs, the network's well known variety shows.
KBS2 accepts commercial advertisements unlike "KBS1, which is because prohibited to air commercial advertisements upon the enactment of the revised Broadcasting Act in 1994.
As part of the "Korean Wave, KBS2 dramas, along with its sister channel, "KBS1, have been exported to "Southeast Asia, "Middle East, "North America, "South America, "Europe, "Africa, "China and "Japan via "KBS World, "KBS World (Japan), "KBS World (United States) and their TV broadcasters from their respective countries.
|Currently airing entertainment shows|
|Monday||23:10 ("KST)||"Hello Counselor||X||O||O|
|Tuesday||20:55 (KST)||"1 vs. 100||X||O||O|
|Wednesday||20:55 (KST)||Housekeeping Men 2||X||O||O|
|Thursday||23:10 (KST)||"Happy Together 3||X||O||O|
|Friday||17:00 (KST)||"Music Bank||X||O||O||Live broadcast|
|Friday||20:55 (KST)||Entertainment Weekly||X||O||O||Live broadcast|
|Saturday||10:20 (KST)||I Love Movie||X||O||O|
|Saturday||18:00 (KST)||"Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend||X||O||O|
|Saturday||21:15 (KST)||"The Unit||X||O||O|
|Saturday||00:05 (KST)||"You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook||X||O||O|
|Sunday||16:50 (KST)||"Happy Sunday||X||O||O|
|Sunday||21:15 (KST)||"Gag Concert||X||O||O|
|Currently airing current affairs shows|
|Weekdays||07:00 ("KST)||I Love Mornings||X||O||O||Live broadcast|
|Weekdays||09:40 (KST)||Yeo Yoo Man Man||X||O||O|
|Weekdays||15:00 (KST)||Auto-study Desk 2||X||O||O|
|Weekdays||10:40 (KST)||KBS Global News||X||O||O|
|Weekdays||18:30 (KST)||Live Info Show||X||O||O||Live broadcast|
|Monday||20:55 (KST)||Anonymous Callers||X||O||O||Live broadcast|
|Wednesday||23:10 (KST)||In-Depth 60 Minutes||X||O||O|
|Monday and Thursday||15:30 (KST)||TV Kindergarten||X||O||O|
|Wednesday||00:35 (KST)||All Of The World Documentary||X||O||O|
|Thursday||20:55 (KST)||Look into the Human Mind||X||O||O|
|Friday||22:00 (KST)||VJ's on the scene||X||O||O|
|Saturday||07:40 (KST)||Screen Album - The Mountain||X||O||O|
|Sunday||22:40 (KST)||"Three Days||X||O||O|
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On 16 January 2010, a dispute broke out between KBS and the Korea Cable TV Association (KCTA) over retransmission fees. The KCTA sought to push down fees from major broadcasting channels like KBS for retransmitting their programs through cable. KBS had demanded 280 won per subscriber, while the cable TV system operators (or ‘SOs’) wanted no more than 100 won. Negotiations reached a standstill, and so the SOs decided to make KBS2 programs unavailable to viewers starting from 3:00 p.m. KST. The SOs stopped transmitting both standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) signals from the KBS2 channel. This meant that unless TV viewers had alternative viewing methods such as the Internet or terrestrial TV, they saw a blackout message. Having lost a substantial amount of their viewers, KBS2's programs experienced a major decline in their ratings. Following the blackout, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) has ordered the SOs to resume transmission or face a hefty fine. The SOs initially refused, but on 17 January, they agreed to resume KBS2 transmissions, ending the 28-hour blackout.
Music Bank also received a lot of negative criticisms for its allegedly unfair chart ranking system. It was revealed by an insider that entertainment companies were bulk-buying massive numbers of their artists' albums to achieve an "all-kill" status and reach the number one spot on the music program that even rookie groups can manage to win first place award, but Music Bank didn't do anything to stop the act. It was always believed that rookie groups normally don't have a huge fanbase, but Brave Girls managed to top digital music charts in Korea.
Since then, there has been controversy over AOA’s win, with many finding the album scores problematic. "Music Bank" calculates the winner based on four factors – digital sales (65 percent of total score), viewer votes (10 percent), broadcast scores (20 percent), and album sales (5 percent).
For album sales scores, KBS had:
Jessica – 37,710 albums for 1,925 points
AOA – 20,990 albums for 1,600 points
MONSTA X – 19,570 albums for 999 points
Woohyun – 17,740 albums for 890 points
I.O.I – 13,420 albums for 1,523 points
TWICE – 4,380 albums for 223 points
The scores were strange because MONSTA X sold more than I.O.I, but I.O.I was given 1,523 points, while MONSTA X got a lower number – 999 points. MONSTA X also only had 2,000 album difference in album sales from AOA, but the point difference was over 600. When you compare the other scores, the proportion doesn’t add up.
KBS admitted there was an error made by the person in charge of the scores as they were inputing them into the excel sheet. It apologized for the error, saying, "It is clearly KBS’s fault" and that "it will do its best to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again."
With KBS recalculating the scores, 1 – 10 are:
Producer Shin Mi Jin of KBS said to OSEN that they will not be taking the trophy away from AOA to give to TWICE. Instead, TWICE will be getting a new trophy. Producer Shin stated, “What’s important is not the physical trophy, but comforting the members of TWICE and AOA, who were hurt with this mixup.