South Korea’s first blind news presenter, who reads Braille on air, hopes to inspire those living with disabilities.
Lee Chang-hoon is legally blind and a newsreader for South Korea’s biggest broadcaster KBS.The 27-year-old, the world’s first blind news anchor, uses a Braille instrument to read the news. Now seven months into the job, Lee says his biggest challenge is his posture and facial expressions on air as he cannot see what he looks like.
KBS appointed Lee Chang-hoon, who is totally blind, last year. It is the first time in Korea that a terrestrial broadcaster has employed a disabled person as its news anchor. KBS announced its plan to hire a disabled person as a news anchor on 17 June and received 523 applications. The decision was in line with KBS’ belief that “one of the objectives of public service broadcasting is to encourage society not to discriminate against the disabled”.
All the team at “Unstoppables” were inspired by his story and his determination. You can find out more about him here.