The Associated Press announces agreements to expand access in North Korea

[The following is an AP press release dated 29 June 2011. Memos of understanding were signed by Kim Pyong Ho, president of Korean Central News Agency, and AP President and CEO Tom Curley on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 in New York. A series of agreements between the Associated Press and the North Korean state news agency herald the opening of an AP bureau in Pyongyang and deeper photo/video cooperation.  The AP bills itself as “the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.” –CanKor.]

AP President and CEO Tom Curley with Kim Pyong Ho, President of Korean Central News Agency (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Associated Press today announced agreements with the Korea Central News Agency, including one to open an AP news bureau in Pyongyang.

Leaders of the two news organizations held discussions during a New York visit by KCNA executives and this week signed two memos of understanding and a contract.

Under one memo of understanding work begins immediately on discussions aimed at opening an AP bureau in Pyongyang. It would be the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean capital. Five years ago, AP Television News, headquartered in London, became the first Western news organization to establish an office in North Korea.

The second memo of understanding outlines cooperation on journalistic and photo/video technology issues, including a joint photo exhibition by the two agencies in New York next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Associated Press CEO in DPRK

Thomas Curley, CEO of the news agency Associated Press has recently visited the DPRK, though a preliminary google search only came up with Asian sources for this piece of news: South Korean Yonhap News and China’s Xinhua or People’s Daily.

AP Television News, the international video division of AP, opened a full-time office in Pyongyang in 2006, making it the first Western news organization to establish a permanent presence in North Korea. The Pyongyang office of APTN currently provides only video images.

There are also reports that Columbia U professor Charles Armstrong will visit North Korea this June (8-18). If you have any further information on this planned visit – please Drop us a line.

Thanks to Sinologistical Violoncellist and history professor Adam Carthcart for leads on this info.

BT Member Charles Burton Speaks on Inter-Korean Tension

On 25 September 2010, CanKor Brain Trust member Prof. Charles Burton was interviewed by Radio Canada International on the tension between North and South Korea.

Listen to interview here.

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