Dr. Kim In Kyu, the head of South Korean state broadcaster KBS, has been granted permission to travel to Pyongyang tomorrow to grant North Korea’s state broadcaster the rights to show the upcoming Olympics in London.
Kim, traveling as a representative of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), will be joined by ABU Secretary General Javad Mottaghi and Director of Sports John Barton for the trip, which comes in response to an invitation from Pyongyang.
ABU will represent the three Korean broadcasting stations that have obtained the Olympic broadcasting rights; KBS, MBC and SBS.
According to a statement released by ABU, the trip will also allow for “meetings with [North Korea’s state broadcaster] to seek cooperation in technical, contents and training programs.”
Dr. Kim’s trip is the first that the Ministry of Unification has approved since a small group traveled to Pyongyang immediately following Kim Jong Il’s death.
North Korea has 56 athletes in London for the Olympic Games, which begin on Friday. The country will be represented in 11 different events including woman’s soccer, wrestling, table tennis, judo and the marathon.