North Korea to discuss Olympic TV broadcasting with South
Louise Duffy | 24-07-2012
A South Korean official will visit North Korea today to discuss the possible broadcast of the London Olympics there, according to Seoul's unification ministry.
Kim In-Kyu, president of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), will visit Pyongyang for talks with the North's radio and television broadcasting committee.
Kim, who is also chairman of the state-run Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) in Seoul, was invited by the North.
KBS said in a statement that ABU plans to provide broadcasting rights for the Games to about 40 organisations in 30 countries, including the North.
South Korea's private broadcaster, SBS, has the rights for the entire Korean peninsula to air the Olympic games. SBS says it will share broadcasting of events with KBS and another network, MBC. SBS asked ABU to handle the issue of rights in North Korea.
The ABU says it is set to provide rights for the London summer event to 30 countries, including North Korea, which is sending 51 athletes to London.