KBS2 is a general entertainment and drama channel of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). It is famous for its drama and entertainment programs. The television station is a result of the forced merger of the Tongyang Broadcasting Corporation (former body of JTBC) to KBS in 1980. KBS2 is similar to BBC One in the United Kingdom, NPO 1 in the Netherlands, France 2 in France, TVNZ 2 in New Zealand and Das Erste in Germany.
1981-03-07 - Advertisements return to the channel, in the following structure: four blocks on weekdays (comprising a total of 20 minutes) and five blocks on weekends (comprising a total of 25 minutes).
1982-02-16 - Relaunch as KBS 2 Television (KBS 2TV), whose broadcasts were Limited to Seoul, Jeju and Busan. The callsign changed to HLKC-TV.
1982-02-17 - 2TV's broadcasting time was limited to 17:30~00:00 KST. Other stations 06:00~10:00 and 17:30~01:00 KST no broadcasting between 10:00~16:55 and 00:00~06:00 KST.
1982-09-20 - TV Kindergarten's first episode airs.
1986-01-01 - Start of both stereo and nationwide broadcasts.
1991-10-07 - The evening period starts half an hour earlier (18:00 → 17:30).
1997-04-20 - KBS 2TV's Daily Drama First Love Recorded 65.8% of the nationwide TV ratings bashing out its sister channel KBS1's KBS News 9 and their rival MBC's MBC Newsdesk.
1998-01-05 - Owing to IMF cost-cutting measures, broadcasts were now between 06:00 and 11:00 for the first period and the second period now ran from 17:00 to 01:00.
2001-12-31 - Digital terrestrial broadcasts commence.
2005 - KBS 2DMB Launched. Broadcasting extended to 19 hours (06:00~01:00 KST) and daytime closedowns were abolished.
2012-12-31 - Analog terrestrial broadcasts concluded.
2014 - Temporary 24-hour broadcasts are made for the Sochi Winter Olympics and the World Cup.
2015-01-01 - KBS 2 introduces a new look featuring flat, 2D animations, abandoning the channel's yellow ball mascot. As of January 2015, KBS 2 is one of the two Korean terrestrial channels that still sign off every night, EBS being the other one.
KBS2 is the home of predominantly entertainment and drama programs produced by KBS as well as airing KBS Evening 6 Newstime, the station's only main newscast, Music Bank and You Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook, the network's main musical programs, Happy Together, Let's Go Dream Team!, 2 Days & 1 Night, The Return of Superman and Immortal Songs, the network's well known variety shows.
KBS2 accepts commercial advertisements unlike KBS1 which is because KBS1 is prohibited to air commercial advertisements upon the enactment of the revised Broadcasting Act in 1994.
As part of the Korean Wave, KBS2 dramas, along with its sister channel, KBS1, have been exported to Southeast Asia, Middle East, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, China and Japan via KBS World, KBS World (Japan), KBS World (United States) and their TV broadcasters from their respective countries.King Sejong the Great (대왕세종; 2008) (ep 27-86)
Empress Cheonchu aka The Iron Empress (천추태후; 2009)
TV Novel: Dear My Sister (TV소설 복희 누나; 2011–2012)
TV Novel: Love, My Love (TV소설 사랑아 사랑아; 2012–2013)
TV Novel: Samsaengi (TV소설 삼생이; 2013)
TV Novel: Eunhui (TV소설 은희; 2013–2014)
TV Novel: Land of Gold (TV소설 순금의 땅; 2014)
TV Novel: Single-minded Dandelion (TV소설 일편단심 민들레; 2014–2015)
TV Novel: On a Blue Day (TV소설 그래도 푸르른 날에; 2015)
TV Novel: The Stars Are Shining (TV소설 별이 되어 빛나리; 2015-2016)
TV Novel: My Mind's Flower Rain (TV소설 내 마음의 꽃비; 2016)
Unstoppable Marriage (못말리는 결혼; 2007–2008)
Family (패밀리; 2012–2013)
Ruby Ring (루비 반지; 2013–2014)
Angel's Revenge (천상여자; 2014)
Two Mothers (뻐꾸기 둥지; 2014)
Sweet Secret (달콤한 비밀; 2014-2015)
Love on a Rooftop (오늘부터 사랑해; 2015)
All Is Well (다 잘될 거야; 2015-2016)
The Promise (천상의 약속; 2016)
Secrets Of Women (여자의 비밀; 2016)
Hi! School-Love On (하이스쿨: 러브온; 2014)
SPY (스파이; 2015)
Orange Marmalade (오렌지 마멀레이드; 2015)
The Producers (프로듀사; 2015)
Sharp 2 (반올림2; 2005–2006)
Drama City (드라마시티; 1984–2008)
What Should I Do? (어떡하지?; 2004-11-07)
Drama Special (드라마 스페셜; 2010)
Pianist (피아니스트; 2010-11-27)
Drama Special (드라마 스페셜; 2011–present)
Do You Know Taekwondo? (태권, 도를 아십니까?; 2012-10-07)
Drama Special Series (드라마 스페셜 연작시리즈; 2010–present)
Rock, Rock, Rock (락 락 락; 2010)
White Christmas (화이트 크리스마스; 2011)
Adolescence Medley (사춘기 메들리; 2013)
KBS Drama Awards
KBS Music Awards
KBS Entertainment Awards
The Clinic for Married Couples: Love and War
1 vs. 100 (1 대 100, South Korean version of Endemol game show with a top prize of ₩50,000,000; uses the 2006-07 United States format.)
Concert 17021 (콘서트17021)
Gag Concert (개그콘서트)
Happy Sunday (해피선데이), 2 Days & 1 Night (1박2일) and The Return of Superman (슈퍼맨이 돌아왔다)
Safety First! (위기탈출 넘버원)
Happy Together (해피투게더 Season 3)
Imagination Plus (상상 플러스)
Invincible Youth (청춘불패)
VJ's on the scene (VJ 특공대)
Emergency Escape Number 1
Golden Bell Challenge
Giving Back The Love
Sponge (스펀지, Weekly 'Infotainment' programme)
Love Letter by Yun Do-hyeon (윤도현의 러브레터)
Music Bank (뮤직뱅크)
Quiz Daehanminguk (means 'Quiz South Korea', the country's biggest quiz show. The top prize is 60,000,000 Won.) (퀴즈 대한민국)
Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2 (출발 드림팀 시즌2)
You Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook (유희열의 스케치북)
Top Band (탑밴드)
Saturday Freedom (자유선언 토요일)
Star Golden Bell (스타 골든벨)
Immortal Songs 2 (불후의 명곡 2)
Sachongsa Quiz Show
Hello, Daegukmin Talk
Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education
I Am a Man
New Dining Table
Dignity of a Full House of Family
Movie is Good
The Human Condition
Global Request Show
Youth FC Hungry Eleven (청춘FC 헝그리 일레븐)
The Morning is Good (생방송 아침이 좋다, Breakfast programme)
KBS Morning 8 Newstime (KBS 아침 8시뉴스타임, KBS's second breakfast news programme)
KBS 2TV News (KBS 2TV 뉴스, Afternoon news brief, airs at 2:00pm)
KBS Evening 6 Newstime (KBS 저녁 6시뉴스타임, KBS2's flagship evening news programme, simulcast on 2FM.)
KBS Global 24 (KBS 글로벌 24, world news programme with more in-depth reports, now broadcasting at 8:30pm)
KBS Disaster Broadcasting Centre (KBS 재난방송센터, Sunday disaster report)
In-Depth 60 Minutes
Field Correspondent Reports
Love of Family
All of the World
Screen Album - The Mountain
Documentary 3 Days
The Youth Channel (1990–present)