Founded in 1987, KOBETA (Korea Broadcasting Engineers & Technicians Association) aims at improving broadcast technology in Korea as a non-profit organization and represents more than 4,500 broadcasters and 44 television and radio stations. The association is leading Korean broadcast industry by taking parts in policy decisions, cooperating with government agencies and training broadcasters.
What We do
KOBA (Korea International Broadcast, Audio & Lighting Equipment Show) is an annual convention organized by KOBETA in which about 900 associations from around the globe participate. Now it has become one of the most popular exhibitions leading the trends on broadcast technology and the media industry by hosting diverse events. And the World Forum, held during KOBA, brings the members of major associations such as EBU, ABU and provide opportunities to build international connections, discuss the future of media, and share different perspectives on current media issues.
As KOBA covers wise spectrums from government policies to media convergence, content, and technology, it attracts numerous professional and non-professional visitors.
BEA(Broadcasting Engineer Academy) is a corporation established in 2006 by Korean government and broadcasters, offering a number of training programs to broadcasting engineers. KOBETA helps broadcasters grow in their careers and strengthen the business through BEA, conducts academic research, and interact with international associations to improve media technology and nation’s broadcast culture.
· Academic Conference
KOBETA organizes ‘Autumn Digital Broadcasting Conference’ every November, reviewing issues of the year and setting directions the broadcast industry should be headed. It is the only broadcast technology conference in Korea where a number of policy experts participate and give classes. To build a firm international network and improve media industry, technology/media policy exchanges among international broadcasters such as BBC, NHK, DVB/EBU, SBE and ABU take place as well.
· Political Intervention
KOBETA cooperates with government agencies such as MSIP(Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning), KCC(Korea Communications Commission), to have a voice on government policies. KOBETA also attempts to legislate a law and suggest alternative policies with major political parties to deliver true value and build a righteous media environment.
KOBETA will keep going forward to discover diverse media policies and put them into action through solidarity with native and foreign media related civic groups and companies.
Since 1988, ‘Broadcasting & Technology’ has been published every month with current journalists as its members to improve and promote broadcast culture. More than 5,000 copies are sold in libraries and over 30,000 copies are distributed to members of the association, universities, research institutions and government agencies per month.
KOBETA also publishes ‘KOBETA Journal’ every two weeks to suggest new policies and deliver the sound opinions of broadcasters to the outside world. Founded in 2002, it covers the current status of media industry and policies in depth as a technical journal and more than 40,000 copies are distributed to government, broadcast companies, research institutions and universities biweekly.