English TV and Radio in Korea

Category : Surviving in Korea
Nov 28, 2014

English TV and Radio in Korea



Good news: English language TV is available in Korea. Stations like CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, NBC, Fox News, STAR Sports (co-operated by ESPN and Fox), and National Geographic are available with a Korean cable subscription. As well, many American programs are broadcasted in English with Korean subtitles on national channels.


Korea also has a popular English language network called Arirang, which receives support from the government. Not only popular with foreigners, Arirang also has a large domestic following among Koreans wanting to learn English:


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Arirang: Asia’s Heartbeat

Arirang provides a range of English-language programming on everything from current affairs to fashion and politics to K-Pop. Their target audience is foreigners in Korea, Koreans wanting to improve their English, and overseas English-speaking Koreans who want to keep up with Korean affairs.

Arirang’s app lets you stream live and past TV programs for FREE. You just need a WiFi or 3G connection.

  1. Price: Free
  2. iTunes rating: 4/5


  1. Facebook: Arirang TV
  2. Twitter:
  1. Youtube:





Several English radio stations have recently began operating in Korea. All offer online streaming options, so you don’t need an actual radio to listen to them. Just visit their website to take advantage of their English language offerings.


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Arirang Radio:

Arirang radio’s offerings are about as diverse as its TV programs. Listeners can tune in for old school music hits, travel tips, Korean & international news, and traditional Korean music, to name a few.


Radio Frequency: Jeju 88.7 FM, Seoguipo 88.1FM, Daejeong 101.9 FM

Arirang’s radio app lets you listen to their programming anytime. As well, listeners can also view the radio hosts inside the studio with the video streaming option.


  1. Price: Free
  2. iTunes rating: 3.5/5
  1. Facebook: Arirang TV
  2. Twitter: @arirangworld
  3. YouTube: Arirang Radio

KBS World:

KBS world provides programming in 11 languages, including English. Topics of these programs range from Korean lessons, to news, to culture & tourism, and pop & entertainment.



KBS World has four different apps: KBS World Radio News, Let’s Learn Korean, Korean Cuisine, and KBS World Radio.


  1. Price: Free
  2. iTunes rating: 4/5




  1. Facebook: KBSWorld
  2. YouTube: KBSWorldRadio

TBS Radio:

TBS Radio offers about half of its programming in English. It mainly focuses on Seoul traffic reports, Korean culture, and K-Pop. It airs five times a day, every two hours, starting at 7:00am-9:00am until 8:00-10:00pm


Radio Frequency: Seoul (103.1 FM), Busan (90.5 FM), and Gwangju (98.7 FM).






 No app



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eFM 1013

Gwangju Foreign Language Network:

Gwangju’s English language radio station offers insights into Korean culture, local traffic, and Korean language 24 hours a day. Also broadcasted is a number of English language music shows.



Radio Frequency: Gwangju 98.7 FM






 No app






 No social media listed

Busan eFM

Busan’s English language program offers programs about travel advice, Korean movies, current affairs in Busan, Korean language lessons, and English language music programs 21 hours a day. They also broadcast a few Arirang Radio programs.



Radio Frequency: Busan 90.5 FM

The Busan eFM app lets you listen to real-time Busan eFM programming, as well as past programs.


  1. Price: Free
  2. iTunes rating: 4.5/5


  1. Facebook: EFMKoreaRadio



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Gabrielle interned as a Content Creator for Work'n'Play during her exchange trip to Chung-Ang University in 2012-2013. She graduated from Vancouver Island University in May 2014 with her BA in Global Studies. She is now a Master's student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, Canada. The things she misses most about her year in Korea are: going for makgeolli + jeon with friends, exploring Seoul's new and old hidden treasures and getting to practice Korean every day. You can connect with her on Twitter at @MsGabrielle or email her at gabrielle.bishop@hotmail.com.