We’re marking one other milestone for ArirangTV, the channel you might be watching proper now, as now we have begun broadcasting on native satellitenetworks within the UK for the very first time.
Our reporter Kwon Jang-ho is in London towitness Arirang's first airing on British soil.
Arirang TV is transmitted to over a hundredcountries across the phrase, however now it's taken a brand new step within the UK, by being made availableon Britain's native satellite tv for pc networks.
On September 26th, Arirang TV grew to become availablein UK households, together with Emma Inventory's dwelling right here in London.
Emma, a trend pupil, has been an avidfan of Korean tradition for a variety of years now.
She had been watching Arirang on-line in thepast, however now she's excited in regards to the prospect of getting it available in her livingroom, in full HD.
"I feel it's actually cool as a result of I can seemy favorite actors, singers, the number of completely different exhibits to observe.
I can present my mum and my household what I'm upto and why I like Korea a lot, after which they will be taught extra as properly"" Arirang is now on two TV service providersin the UK; Sky and Freesat.
Collectively they’re beamed into greater than sixmillion households.
The UK is the fourth largest English-speakingnation on the earth, and is subsequently an particularly vital marketplace for Arirang, whose English-languagebroadcasts look to share and higher inform folks about Korea's tradition, historical past andcurrent affairs.
"I feel the thrill is starting to buildnow persons are beginning to hear about it, and I feel will probably be very, very popularon Freesat.
We hope it’s going to convey a brand new perspective onnews and tradition and extra data and introduce UK viewers to Korea.
Anticipation is excessive amongst those that alreadyhave an curiosity in Korea.
"That is New Malden, situated within the suburbsof London — it's dwelling to some 20-thousand Koreans,.
the biggest Korean group inEurope.
It additionally attracts those who have an interestand a reference to Korea and its tradition.
" Among the many native Korean eating places, shopsand companies, I discovered Sebastian, a linguist who labored as a translator in Seoul, and usedto watch Arirang TV earlier than shifting again to the UK.
"I believed it was a extremely good strategy to getinto Korean tradition, and likewise it was so much simpler as a result of it was in English.
I feel it's actually nice that now I can justgo dwelling and activate the TV and I can have Arirang proper there.
and I feel it's goingto be actually good to inform my different associates about it.
" Sebastian's buddy, Jaeyoung can also be keento see what Arirang has to supply.
"As a British-born Korean, I felt a giant distanceaway from every thing that was taking place in Korea, and after I did attempt to tune in to thenews, the extent of Korean being spoke on tv was approach too excessive customary for me to grasp.
So to have it accessible in English at homewill be actually handy.
" However in addition to bridging the hole for thosewho have already got connections with Korea, there are excessive hopes that, via informative andentertaining content material, Arirang TV will be capable to attain a brand new British viewers.
Kwon Jang-Ho, Arirang Information, London.