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VOA Korean targets elites in North Korea, who represent 10 to 15 percent of the population, via radio and the internet with uncensored news and information that is unavailable to North Koreans through state-controlled North Korean media. VOA Korean provides highly relevant news and information about the U.S. and the world.

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Established: August 1942

Target Area: North Korea

Radio Programming: 7 hours per day

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Programs and Features


VOA News Today (3 hours/Monday-Friday): VOA Korean’s main news show provides comprehensive news coverage on North Korea from Washington and Seoul. It includes live 5-minute newscasts at the top of every hour with the latest news headlines from around the world.

Early Morning (1 hour/Monday-Friday): The program covers major developments around the Korean peninsula and discusses the U.S. reaction to them.

Live from Washington (2 hours/Monday-Friday): This current affairs show includes the latest news, as well as entertainment developments in the U.S. and around the world.

Washington News Parade (1 hour/Monday-Friday): This daily news program offers original reporting and in-depth coverage on North Korea.


Washington Talk (25 minutes/weekly): A Washington-based discussion series reviewing the week’s top events affecting North Korea, from the perspective of the United States, featuring VOA journalists and top experts (satellite/Service website/YouTube/Facebook).

VOA Newscast (10-15 minutes/twice a day/M-F): VOA Korean’s TV news program provides major news stories with analysis of special interest to North Koreans.

Global Now (2 minutes daily/M-W-F): A daily program that presents the day's major news from around the world (website/YouTube/Facebook).

The News Unwound (5 minutes/weekly): A weekly program that explains the driving factors behind significant events (website/YouTube/Facebook).

English Learning Programs: How to Pronounce (2 min./ weekly) is designed to teach beginning learners of English how to pronounce English sounds. Everyday Grammar (2 min./ weekly) is a series to teach grammar for learners of American English (Korean service website/ YouTube/ Facebook).