Abandoned Radio Listeners amidst The Pouring TV Broadcasts

The 2019 KBO League Korean Series is over. Many baseball fans watched the Doosan Bears win through TV and smartphones. However, for various reasons, fans that could not access baseball on the screen could not enjoy the thrilling game properly.

The broadcasters that organized the Korean series radio broadcasts are SBS and KINGKONGTV. However, according to the Broadcasting Act, SBS was broadcast in the metropolitan area and KINGKONGTV was broadcast by SBS, so it could only be broadcast in some areas of Busan and Gyeongnam.

Radio is still an important broadcasting medium. Because visually impaired people cannot see the game with their own eyes, radio broadcasts with more detailed explanations of the situation are more exciting than listening to TV broadcasts. Since it is illegal for drivers to watch DMB or smartphones while driving, radio is the only broadcasting medium that can be used while driving.

Radio with the birth of Korean sports

However, as mobile TV broadcasting became active, radio sports broadcasting gradually decreased. In particular, for important events such as the World Cup and the Olympics, which have high public interest, radio broadcasting is almost non-existent.

This phenomenon is in stark contrast to foreign countries, where major sports events are organized by radio. In the UK, there are two specialized sports radio networks (BBC 5 Radio, Talk sport) covering the whole country, and in Japan, public and private broadcasters including NHK frequently broadcast sports.

Of course, there are objections to the expansion of radio 스포츠중계. However, broadcasters will have to serve listeners and consider the socially disadvantaged by activating radio sports broadcasts that are easily accessible to all citizens.

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