Yang Sung-dong takes control at KBS Korea

The new president and chief executive of Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), Yang Sung-dong, began his term this month, ushering in a new era of public involvement in the broadcaster’s leadership.

Yang replaces Ko Dae-young, who was forced out in January this year for, among other things, attempting to influence news coverage.

The current term runs until November this year.

KBS said this week that for the first time in its history, the top appointment involved recommendations made by a group of 142 members of the public.

The final appointment was made by Korea’s president, Moon Jai-in.

At his inauguration ceremony on Monday this week, Yang highlighted his commitment to making KBS “the most trusted media organisation in the country”.

This includes a commitment to editorial independence and remaining beyond political influence.

Yang joined KBS in 1989 as a television producer.