Yonhap News, South Korea's news hub, aims to become one of the world's top 10 global news agencies.


History of Yonhap News Agency

  • 2010. April.Hosts OANA Summit Congress
  • 2010. Nov.Serves as the host news agency for the G20 summit in Seoul
  • 2011. Mar.Launches Yonhap News TV
  • 2011. Aug.Hosts the Yonhap International Press Photo Awards
  • 2011. Dec.Launches all-news cable TV channel, news Y
  • 2012. MarServes as the host news agency for the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul
  • 2012. May.Serves as the host news agency for the 2012 Yeosu Expo
  • 2012. Dec.Co-hosts photo exhibition with the Vietnam News Agency (VNA)
  • 2013. Feb.Hosts an international conference with the Asia-Pacific Research Center of Stanford University
  • 2013. Sept.Hosts photo exhibition to commemorate the Korean War’s 60th anniversary of ceasefire
  • 2013. Oct.Completes construction of new headquarters
  • 2014. Sep.Yonhap News Agency serves as host news agency for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games
  • 2014. Oct. 10-11Yonhap News Agency serves as host news agency for the International Telecommunications Union conference
  • 2015. JulyServes as the host news agency of the 2015 Summer Universiade Gwangju
  • 2015. Nov.Hosts the 39th Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) Executive Board Meeting
  • 2016. MarchSigns the host national news agency contract for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics with the IOC
  • 2016. AprilOpens North Korea portal
  • 2016. Sept.Co-hosts a photo exhibition in Seoul with Iran's IRNA
  • 2016. Nov.Elected the next chair (for the 2019-2022 period) of the OANA
  • 2017. Jan.Begins digital signage operations for the Airport Railroad
  • 2017. AprilLaunches AI-based news chatbot service
  • 2017. Aug.Introduces Soccerbot (robot reporter) service
  • 2017. Sept.Hosts a joint South Korean, Chinese and Japanese photo exhibition to promote the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics
  • 2018. Feb.Serves as the host national news agency for the PyeongChang Olympics
  • 2018. AprilServes as the host news agency for the April 27 inter-Korean summit
  • 2018. AugustOpens Institute of Peace and Media
  • 2018. SeptemberWorks as the main news agency tasked with providing the government with news articles on an inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang
  • 2018. OctoberLaunches 'Korea Now,' Yonhap News Agency's English news channel on YouTube
  • 2000. June.Launches Yonhap Infomax, the financial news and information arm Signs a contract with the government to assume the role of the host news agency for the third ASEM summit in Seoul
  • 2002. June.Serves as the host news agency for the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup
  • 2002. Dec.Signs a contract with North Korea’s Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) for the reception of news and photos
  • 2003. April.Parliament passes the bill on the promotion of news agencies, designating Yonhap News Agency as the country’s key wire service provider
  • 2004. Mar.Launches video services
  • 2004. April.Starts Chinese-language news service
  • 2004. May.Starts sending visual information service to KTX bullet train
  • 2005. June.Signs a contract with the government to be host news agency for the APEC summit in BusanDispatches South Korea’s first English-language correspondent to WashingtonStarts Japanese-language news service
  • 2006. June.Starts Arabic-language news service
  • 2007. Mar.Starts news service on AREX airport train
  • 2007. Sept.Starts Spanish-language news service
  • 2009. Oct.Starts French-language news service
  • 1991. Nov.Begins providing graphic news services
  • 1993. Sept.Launches cable news network, Yonhap TV News (YTN)
  • 1998. Dec.Changes its Korean corporate name
  • 1999. Jan.Absorbs North Korea specialist Naewoe Press
  • 1980. Dec.Yonhap is launched through the merger of Hapdong News Agency and Orient Press
  • 1981. Jan.Publishes its first edition of news services
  • 1986. Sept.Serves as the host news agency for the Seoul Asian Games
  • 1988. Sept.Serves as the host news agency for the Seoul Olympics
  • 1989. Jan.Begins providing English news services to 50 overseas Korean diplomatic missions