THE SOUTH Korean TV station Arirang has been included in the programme of the largest Slovak cable TV operator in Bratislava and in Košice since June 1. During the month of June it also joined the programmes available in other Slovak cities.
The cable TV company decided to include this station to serve the approximately 900 South Koreans and their families who should come to Žilina within two years in relation to the Kia car plant there.
The company Samsung has a significant number of South Korean employees in Slovakia as well.
The Arirang TV station broadcasts various programmes from news, travel and music, and education and language programmes to films of Korean production 24 hours a day.
Apart from broadcasting in Slovakia, the station is also interested in presenting Slovak culture in South Korea.
According to the Slovak Culture Minister Rudolf Chmel and the deputy speaker of the National assembly of the Korean republic, Park Hee Tae, who recently met in Bratislava, cultural cooperation between Slovakia and South Korea should follow economic cooperation.
Business relations are developing successfully thanks mainly to the investments of the companies Samsung and Kia in Slovakia. They think that Arirang could become the first bridge between the two cultures.
Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from SITA reports
29. Aug 2004 at 0:00