President and CEO of KBS to receive award at coming Asian Television Awards
KBS is the broadcast station that brought us the massive Korean hit drama "Descendants of the Sun".
September 21, 2016
By Franco Rafael
Mr. Ko Dae-young, the President and CEO of Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), will be receiving an Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television at this year’s Asian Television Awards.
The Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television honours exceptional individuals who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments and contributions to the TV industry in Asia Pacific and beyond.
“We are pleased to be able to present the award to Mr. Ko,” said Mr. Raymond Wong, Chairman of ATA. “His entrepreneurial spirit and remarkable business accomplishments have greatly influenced the growth of the entertainment industry throughout the region.”
Ko has more than 30 years of experience in public broadcasting. He joined KBS as a TV reporter in 1985 and has since held key positions including foreign correspondent to Moscow, Russia. He was the Executive Director of News Department and Executive Managing Director of News & Sports Division. In 2012, he became General Auditor for KBS Media and two years later he was appointed President of KBS Business. He was also appointed as Chairman of the Korean Broadcasters Association (KBA) in August 2016.
“As head of the leading public service broadcaster in Korea, I am delighted to be recognised and I humbly accept this honor. At the same time, I feel hugely responsible for our public duties and further commitment to quality broadcasting services,” said Ko.
Ko will be presented with the award at the ATA trade gala on 1 December 2016 at Suntec Singapore, a day before the “live” televised public event of the awards on 2 December.
The organisation which he helms, KBS, has remained the most influential and creative media organisation in the country. It has two terrestrial and six cable TV channels. It also runs six domestic radio channels with various international platforms. Its continued relevance can be seen from its wildly successful release of the Korean Drama “Descendants of the Sun”. The series was a massive hit in South Korea and across Asia.