The Korean Ministry of Information and Communication announced yesterday that Korea’s National Assembly has passed a special act to convert the country to digital broadcasting by the end of 2012.
The act was first drafted by the Committee for Digital Broadcasting Development, co-chaired by Minister of Information and Communication and Chairman of the Korean Broadcasting Commission in April 2007, and had been undergoing the legislative process, including deliberation in related agencies, legislative notification, and review by the Ministry of Government Legislation.
Under the act, terrestrial television broadcasters are required to stop analogue broadcasting on the date appointed by the President before the end of 2012. The act also requires installing digital decoders in new television sets and related electronic goods, and attaching a notice to television monitors and related electronic goods to let customers know about the termination of analogue broadcasting and the ability to receive digital broadcasting.
Under the act, policies are required to smoothly provide broadcasting services for low-income people, such as welfare recipients, who fall under the National Basic Living Welfare Law. The act also demands making recommendations to the National Assembly and related agencies about support programs to adjust television broadcasting fees and improve advertising systems in recognition of the cost burden that terrestrial television broadcasting service providers have to consider in order to convert to digital broadcasting.
The act is scheduled to take effect in June 2008.