The British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) will launch a regular shortwave radio service into North Korea in April next year.
Aired by the public broadcaster’s World Service network, the broadcast in the Korean language will offer news updates from the Korean Peninsula and around the world. An English conversation lecture will also be part of the program.
As the program targets audiences in the North, the BBC will create a broadcasting crew with North Korean defectors who are familiar with North Korea's culture and accent. Currently, the broadcaster is known to be training five North Korean escapees living in Britain.
A BBC insider said that the British broadcaster will be able to help promote the opening of North Korea through the radio service, as its programs played a important role in the demise of communist Eastern Europe.
The North's communist regime has been opposing the BBC’s plan through various channels. Analysts say that the delayed launch of the service may be related to Pyongyang’s opposition. The radio service was initially scheduled to begin this fall.