Yonhap News TV and Russia Today sign cooperation accord

by Andy Sennitt.

Yonhap News TV has concluded a cooperation agreement with Russia Today (RT), ahead of the launch of its broadcasting service in South Korea later this year. Under the agreement signed between Kim Chang-hoe, executive director of Yonhap News TV, and Alexey Nikolov, president and CEO of RT, in Moscow on Wednesday, the two companies will exchange video news content, documentary programmes, interviews and broadcast personnel, company officials said.

They said the deal will allow the two companies to use each otherís video news content on large-scale disasters and accidents, interviews with experts and influential figures as well as special news programmes and documentary products. The two parties also agreed to promote exchanges between their professional manpower.

Yonhap News TV is an affiliate of Yonhap News Agency, South Koreaís key newswire service that produces content for newspapers, broadcasters, Internet portals, the government and private enterprises, distributing some 3,000 news articles per day. Yonhap has 62 reporting staff in 46 major cities in 35 countries as well as the most extensive nationwide network in South Korea, and provides daily news in Korean, Arabic, English, Japanese, Chinese, French and Spanish.