On DPRK's Voice of Korea, the news, but not before 6 minutes of the songs of Kims Il Sung and Jong Il.

Posted: 29 Apr 2012   Print   Send a link
North Korea Tech, 26 Apr 2012, Martyn Williams: "North Korea’s international shortwave broadcaster, the Voice of Korea, will use the following schedule for English language broadcasts from April 30, 2012. The radio station broadcasts two programs a day, each around 57 minutes long. Program one is carried on broadcasts aimed at South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, South Africa and Central and South America. Program two is carried on broadcasts for Europe, North America and North East Asia. Each of these programs includes the same core features: the news, editorials and the reminiscences of Kim Il Sung. Music and other features sometimes differ between the two broadcasts. They broadly follow along these lines: :00 Opening signal, station identification: 'This is Voice of Korea'; :01 National Anthem; :03 Song of General Kim Il Sung; :06 Song of General Kim Jong Il; :09 News, editorials (approx 15 minutes), followed by music; :30 Reminiscences of Great Leader President Kim Il Sung of the century; :40 Music and features; :50 Editorial, special message (occasional); :55 Frequency information; :57 Close." With latest transmission schedule.

The Economist, 25 Apr 2012: "For years North Korea has been threatening to turn Seoul into a bulbada (sea of fire). Those who live here are well accustomed to such bluster, and are mostly happy to ignore it. Perhaps because of this, Pyongyang is now trying out a new style of tough talk. The North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) ... is now naming individual targets. Predictably, South Korea’s president, Lee Myung-bak, with his habit of fussing Pyongyang with talk of regime change, makes the top of the list. But also in line for 'reduction to ashes in three or four minutes, by unprecedented unusual means' are some of the South’s main media outlets. This apparently includes the main national broadcasters, KBS, YTN, and MBC. In Seoul, they seem like strange choices: many of their reporters are currently on strike, on the grounds that the government has been interfering with their coverage."

Gizmodo, 26 Apr 2012, Sam Biddle: "What do you do when your rockets are broken, your nukes are just threats, and the whole world thinks you're a joke? Shout! Lots of shouting! ... In the woods! ... Kim Jong-un would also be wise to maybe take a few hundred bucks out of his Rockets That Don't Work program and divert them toward a used DSLR, so that his country's absurd propaganda flicks don't look like terrible late 80s VHS action movies."

Yonhap, 28 Apr 2012: "About 40 North Korean defectors launched balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the communist state Saturday, as the North has stepped up its saber-rattling against the South. The activists from the Fighters for Free North Korea group sent 10 large balloons carrying 200,000 leaflets, 1,000 one U.S. dollar bills, 300 DVDs and 200 booklets from Imjingak pavilion in the northern border city of Paju about 50 kilometers northwest of Seoul. The event was held as part of the North Korea Freedom Week 2012, set to continue in Seoul through Tuesday... ."