• Yang Sung-dong, appointed to KBS President and CEO
  • [2018-04-10]
  • KBS President & CEO Yang Sung-dong speaks at the inauguration ceremony.

  • KBS President & CEO Yang Sung-dong pledges that he would bring capable young staff members of KBS to get involved in the decision making process.

  • Mr. Yang Sung-dong became the 23rd President & CEO of KBS at the inauguration ceremony at KBS Headquarters.

  • Mr. Yang Sung-dong, the 23rd President and CEO of the Korean Broadcasting System, took office and began his term on April 6, 2018. President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea appointed him as chief of the nation’s leading public service broadcaster. Mr. Yang, for the first time in the history of KBS, was recommended by an Ad Hoc Public Advisory Group, created as part of the selection process of new KBS President and CEO. The Group, consisting of 142 members of the general public, thoroughly reviewed his views on public broadcasting. His future strategies and plans for KBS were also examined through a series of presentation, panel discussion and question and answer session by the group.       


    At the inauguration ceremony on April 9, 2018, Mr. Yang emphasized his commitment to recreating KBS as the most trusted media organization in the country. Mr. Yang also pledged that he would bring capable young staff members of KBS to get involved in the decision making process. He added, “We must continue to maintain KBS’ reputation which is based on its full editorial independence, and remain free from political power as well as influence over the power of capital.”  


    Mr. Yang has an extensive background in documentary production and investigative journalism since he joined KBS as a television producer in 1989. He has directed and produced numerous quality factual programming for KBS including KBS Special, In-depth 60 Minutes, The Insight, and World Today. Also, from 2007 to 2008, Mr. Yang led the Korean Producers and Directors’ Association as the 21st President of the association. In 2006, he served as President of the KBS Producers and Directors’ Association. Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as Executive Director Programming and Production of KBS Busan.  


    Born in 1961, Mr. Yang studied political science at Korea University. He will serve as President and CEO of KBS for the remaining term of his predecessor until November 23, 2018.

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