Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, Chairman Choi Sung-joon of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) and other policymakers got together at a New Year’s meeting at the 63 Convention Center in Yeouido, Seoul, on Jan. 17 and vowed to aggressively respond to changes in the broadcasting and communications market environment, caused by the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Among those on hand at the event were KCC Chairman Choi and heads of 17 broadcasting and communications organizations, including the Korea Association of ICT Promotion (KAIT) and the Korean Broadcasting Association, as well as broadcasting and communications business leaders.
Chairman Shin Sang-jin of the National Assembly Science, ICT, Future Planning, Broadcasting & Communications Committee; Minister Lee Suk-joon of the Office of Government Policy Coordination and Prime Minister’s Secretariat; Vice Minister Choi Jae-you of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning; President Soh Byoung-jo of NIA, and President Baik Keeseung of Korea Internet & Security Agency were also present.
The New Year’s gathering, held under the title “Korea, Full of Trust and Hope, Let’s in the Broadcasting and Communications Industry Take the Initiative,” was designed to not only promote exchanges and solidarity among those in the broadcasting and communications industry, but also renew their pledge to contribute to the development of the nation.
Acting President Hwang said, “The government will provide support so that the Korean broadcasting and communications industry can spread itself toward the world and realize the safe market like the protection of personal information.” Hwang called for the industry to demonstrate leading technology prowess in Korea and abroad by making the most of the nation’s upcoming introduction of the world’s first UHD broadcasting.
Hwang urged those in the industry to provide active support to unite people’s will for the recovery of economic dynamics and stabilize public livelihoods. “The government will concentrate all policy efforts to make breakthroughs for the Korean broadcasting and communications industry to brace for such rapid environment changes as the 4th Industrial Revolution.”
KCC Chairman Choi said, “If people in the broadcasting and communications industry adopt the mindset of “yeoshigujin,” a Chinese saying that means ‘moving forward in keeping with trends of the times,’ continued development will be attained despite rapid environment changes.”
He stressed the strengthening of broadcasting’s public responsibility as well as his determination to revitalize the broadcasting market through the creating of new markets and institutional reform.
Choi called for an in-depth look into the inconveniences that broadcasting and communications users experience to ensure the protecting of their rights and the enhancement of all people’s media capabilities to brace for the advent of the smart media era. He stressed that all remaining tasks have to be handled well, as his term expires, along with that of the 3rd-term KCC commission, laying the groundwork for the inauguration of the 4th-term commission.
KAIT Chairman Park Jung-ho, currently SK Telecom president, as a representative of the Korean broadcasting and communications organizations, stressed the importance for the establishment of the ICT industry eco-system. “The days have come when all things are connected through the developing of the ICT, huge data are being accumulated and machines enter human beings’ territory through machine learning,” he said. Park demanded the establishment of a new eco-system through the values of new openness, co-prosperity and collaboration. He expressed the hope that “more talented manpower and companies’ participation in this eco-system will be an opportunity to help the 4th Industrial Revolution bring about Korea’s economic resurgence.”