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As expected, North Korean television kicked off its Wednesday broadcast day with reports on Kim Jong Un’s first day in Hanoi.
Announcer Ri Chun Hee read an almost four-minute long report on Kim’s arrival at Dong Dang Station and the reception he got from Vietnamese government officials and local citizens.
This is also typical of the way North Korean propaganda works: focusing first on Kim Jong Un and what he did rather than why he did it. In this case, it’s for his summit on Thursday with Donald Trump.
That report was followed with a 50-second item on Kim receiving a briefing in the Melia Hotel from DPRK officials involved in working-level talks with the U.S.
This was read by KCTV’s top male announcer, whose name isn’t known.
Finally, KCTV aired a third report on Kim’s visit to the DPRK embassy in Hanoi. That report was almost two minutes long and read by a senior female announcer.
KCTV ran the three reports first at 1509, shortly after broadcasts for the day begin. It was repeated at 1700 and 2000, both times pushing back the start of the regularly-scheduled news bulletin, and finally before the late news at 2206.
The TV station typically reports on Kim’s activities a day late so this coverage is as expected.
KCTV didn’t opt to use any still photos to accompany the reports on Kim in Vietnam.
That could point towards a slightly lower level of excitement for the news, but as there seems to be no hard or fast rule about whether such reports contain images or not, it is difficult to draw this conclusion.
Edited by Oliver Hotham