Watch KCTV Live TV from North Korea
News TV Channel / Korean Central Television is a television service operated by the Korean Central Broadcasting Committee, a state-owned broadcaster in North Korea. KCTV is the only official source of television news for North Koreans. KCTV was established on 1 September 1953 as Pyongyang Broadcasting Network after the Korean War ended. Kim Il-sung personally envisioned that the time was ripe for television broadcasting in North Korea, but this was not yet to happen. Thus, the PBN began an 8-year period of preparation for commencement of television broadcasts, with the help of the national government. PBN was renamed as Central Broadcasting Television System in 1961, and conducted on 1 September the same year its first test broadcasts. Central Broadcasting Television System officially began operations on 3 March 1963 at 19:00 (7:00 pm) KST based in Pyongyang, broadcasting two hours between 19:00 (7:00 pm) until 21:00 (9:00 pm) KST on weekdays only, and then expanding to 4 and later 6 hours. The network carried live the whole proceedings of the 5th Worker’s Party of Korea Congress held on 1 October 1970.