Arirang – Bias and Credibility

Airang - Least Biased - Credible - Reliable - South KoreaFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


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  • Overall, we rate Arirang Least Biased based on neutral and balanced reporting. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: South Korea
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic


Launched in 1997, Arirang TV/Radio is a South Korean English language international broadcast network based in Seoul, South Korea. The CEO is JU Dong-won. According to their about page, Arirang’s core business is “to deliver programs worldwide via satellite 24 hours a day to improve Korea’s image.” 

Read our profile on South Korea’s media and government.

Funded by / Ownership

Arirang TV/Radio is subsidized by the government and operated by the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation, and is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. 

Analysis / Bias

Arirang programming focuses more on news, current affairs, documentaries, and cultural programming and mainly caters to overseas audiences. 

When reporting national news, Arirang tends to report different angles and generally uses neutral wording in their headlines. For example, when reporting covid-19 news, they  report The President’s announcement “The announcement from President Moon Jae-in yesterday also pointed out that the country should be able to achieve herd immunity earlier than anticipated.“ They also report announcements from experts “Infectious disease expert casts doubt on S. Korea’s goal of 70% herd immunity by November.“ Further, Arirang covers political national news with neutral wording. For example, regarding the new mayor of Seoul (The new mayor of Seoul is from the conservative opposition People Power Party (PPP). See the mayoral election details here), they use neutral headlines such as ”New Seoul mayor Oh Se-hoon starts his first day in office,” and “S. Korea’s main opposition PPP defeats ruling DP in Seoul, Busan mayoral races.”

When reporting stories about the USA, there is neutral wording such as this: “Moon, Biden agree to cooperate on N. Korea issue.”  A quote from the article reads, “The fact that Biden agrees on the need for cooperation raises expectations that talks could gain fresh momentum under the new U.S. administration.” 

Arirang rarely provides links to their sources as they are directly reported by journalists, making it difficult to verify the context and accuracy of stories. However, since they have never failed a fact check, we rate them High for factual reporting.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate Arirang Least Biased based on neutral and balanced reporting. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 5/5/2021)


Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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