Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, November 25th. In the case of deteriorating relations between North Korea and South Korea, the United States and Japan, North Korean Central Television (hereinafter referred to as North Korean CCTV) did not broadcast the 2022 Qatar World Cup. focus on.
From the 22nd to the present, North Korea’s CCTV broadcasts an edited version of the video of three games, which lasts about an hour, and its program on the 25th did not include the match between South Korea and Uruguay at 10:00 p.m. Korean time the day before. North Korea's CCTV had not previously broadcast the games between the United States and Wales and Japan and Germany, but it did broadcast videos of the matches between Switzerland and Cameroon and Portugal and Ghana.
North Korea's CCTV broadcast video of the South Korean team playing during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In particular, it coincided with the Second Yeonpyeong Naval Battle (June 29) between Korea and North Korea during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. Although the tension between South Korea and North Korea has increased, North Korea's CCTV broadcast on July 1 the semi-finals and the bronze medal match in which South Korea participated, as well as the video of the game between the US and Japan. It was not until July 2 that the DPRK released the news that South Korea was the host country of the World Cup through a commentary program of China Central Radio.
In June 2006, North Korea’s CCTV also broadcast the video of South Korea’s match against Togo. At that time, Li Donggui, the deputy director of North Korea’s Sports Science Research Institute, was in charge of commenting on the performance of South Korean player Park Ji-sung. During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa held after the sinking of the patrol ship "Cheonan" (March 26), North Korea's CCTV broadcast the videos of the three games of the South Korean team and the games of the US and Japan. However, since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, North Korea’s CCTV has not broadcast videos of South Korea, the United States, and Japan participating in the competition.
In a telephone interview with Yonhap News Agency, Lee Woo-young, a professor at North Korean Graduate School, said that North Korea's move may be affected by issues such as inter-Korean relations and the dominance of broadcasting rights negotiations. Previously, when the relationship between South Korea and North Korea was good, the South Korean side provided North Korea with the right to broadcast the World Cup through negotiations with the North Korean side. The rights to broadcast this time were transferred to North Korea after being received by the International Football Federation (FIFA) from the three major South Korean TV stations (SBS, KBS, and MBC). (Finish)
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