Skip to main content

Youngsuk Song

TV producer and director at KBS (Korean Broadcasting System)

Young is the Senior Producer and Director for Arts & Culture at KBS, the most prominent public service broadcaster in South Korea. He has worked as a television professional for 18 years, and has gained a wide range of experience during his production career including producing works on the arts, culture, performance live, entertainment, youth, sports, current affairs, documentary and news.

As he began his career as an assistant director of children's programmes in 1996 and directed an assortment of entertainment shows before he entered the arts/culture production areas, he has developed a passion for creating hybrid arts/culture TV programmes with public content in entertainment formats. Before joining the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, he had been in charge of "Masterpiece Scandal," which was awarded the Best Infotainment Program at the 2011 Asian TV Awards, held in Singapore, and was also named among the 7 Best Formats by EBU at the 2012 Eurovision Creative Forum which was hosted by ZDF in Berlin, Germany. He also served as an editor of "Culture Bookmark," the magazine programme of the best of each week's arts and culture, covering classical music, paintings, books, exhibitions, plays, operas, musicals, dances and more as well as in-depth interviews with art people. Furthermore, Young has been taken a part of INPUT (International Public Television) Screening Conference as a presenter and a moderator since 2012. He had joined INPUT firstly to present his successful programme, "Masterpiece Scandal," in INPUT Sydney 2012, and after that he, as a moderator, he organised and moderated 5 sessions of the programmes for the younger audience at INPUT 2013 which was held in El Salvador. He will also serve as a moderator of INPUT hosted by YLE in Helsinki, Finland on May 2014.

In Oxford, he goes out and about to find out what resonates with his inspiration and fuels his imagination for his future TV productions, devouring films, music, books, paintings, statues, photographs, concerts, conversations, foods, trees, street signs, buildings, sunshine and shadows in order to explore things that speak directly and/or indirectly to his soul.

He earned the B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea and the M.S. in Mass Communications from Florida State University, Tallahassee, the United States.