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TV Queens Set to Return to Small Screen in Fall

TV Queens Set to Return to Small Screen in Fall

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean entertainment scene is expected to experience a heated-up competition this fall among breakout A-list celebrities who will return to the small screen after years of absence. JTBC will open up the “star wars” with the melodrama “Lost,” starring Cannes-winning Jeon Do-yeon, premiering on Sept. 4. Choosing [...]

Regulated Media Reporting on Celebrity Suicide Can Mitigate Werther Effect: Study

Regulated Media Reporting on Celebrity Suicide Can Mitigate Werther Effect: Study

SEOUL, July 23 (Korea Bizwire) — A transition in the style of media reporting on suicide committed by celebrities leads to a reduction in the suicide rate among non-celebrities, a recent study showed. A research team from Samsung Medical Center conducted a study on the changes in the suicide rate in South Korea between 2005 [...]

Anger Mounts over Deepfake Porn Targeting Korean Female Celebs; More than 330,000 Sign Petition

Anger Mounts over Deepfake Porn Targeting Korean Female Celebs; More than 330,000 Sign Petition

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Following a heated scandal over Luda, a chatbot that ended up being unplugged amid controversies over its hypersexualization and unfiltered comments on sexual minorities, South Korea faces another socio-technological issue on how to tackle artificial intelligence technology that targets real, living celebrities as victims of deepfake porn. On Wednesday, [...]

Celebrities Embroiled in Accusations of Academic Plagiarism

Celebrities Embroiled in Accusations of Academic Plagiarism

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A number of South Korean celebrities have recently come under fire for plagiarizing academic papers. Singer Hong Jin-young and popular history lecturer Seol Min-seok recently issued official apologies following accusations that they had committed plagiarism while writing their master’s theses. Experts argue that thesis requirements for public figures and [...]

Revised Law to Allow Prominent Pop Celebrities to Defer Enlistment

Revised Law to Allow Prominent Pop Celebrities to Defer Enlistment

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The government on Tuesday promulgated a revised law that allows pop culture celebrities credited with contributing to improving the country’s image to postpone their mandatory military service, the defense ministry said. The revised Military Service Act — which passed the National Assembly early this month and was approved by [...]

Automakers Scramble to Recruit Superstars as Brand Ambassadors

Automakers Scramble to Recruit Superstars as Brand Ambassadors

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Automakers are gaining attention after appointing popular celebrities as brand ambassadors, despite the lack of in-person interaction with consumers following the coronavirus outbreak. Hyundai Motor Co. has appointed K-pop sensation BTS as brand ambassadors for IONIQ, Hyundai’s EV brand. The company recently unveiled a song and music video titled [...]

S. Korean Celebrities Read Books to Housebound Children

S. Korean Celebrities Read Books to Housebound Children

SEOUL, April 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Save the Children, a nongovernment organization for international relief and development, is conducting a “Save with Stories” challenge in which popular stars read fairy tales. The challenge was arranged with a number of South Korean celebrities reading children’s stories out loud to help kids who are home-bound during quarantine [...]