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MBC’s Largest Shareholder Decides to Sack Company President

MBC’s Largest Shareholder Decides to Sack Company President

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The largest shareholder of the nation’s second largest public broadcaster Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) on Monday voted to fire the company president Kim Jang-kyom for his “politically biased” control of the company’s news coverage. The Foundation for Broadcast Culture (FBC) passed a motion on the dismissal of Kim through its eighth extraordinary board meeting in Seoul. Of six FBC board [...]

MBC Foundation Fires Chairman Close to Previous Government

MBC Foundation Fires Chairman Close to Previous Government

SEOUL, Nov. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – The Foundation for Broadcast Culture (FBC), the largest shareholder of MBC TV, voted to fire its chairman Thursday, holding him responsible for the network management’s alleged unfair labor practices and politically biased interference in news coverage under previous conservative governments. The FBC board decided to dismiss Chairman Koh Young-ju [...]

Labor Unions at KBS, MBC Go on Massive Strike

Labor Unions at KBS, MBC Go on Massive Strike

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — A few thousand union members at Korea’s two biggest TV networks went on strike simultaneously on Monday to protest alleged management interference in news coverage and unfair labor practices. Union members associated with the National Union of Media Workers at KBS and MBC, two of the country’s biggest terrestrial [...]

‘Whisper’ Leads TV Race, ‘Rebel’ Ends in Moderate Success

‘Whisper’ Leads TV Race, ‘Rebel’ Ends in Moderate Success

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) — SBS TV’s legal thriller “Whisper” maintained its lead in the Monday-Tuesday late night TV race, while its nearest rival “Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People” ended its run with moderate success, according to data Wednesday. The rating for Tuesday night’s episode 15 of “Whisper” stood at 16.4 percent nationwide, [...]

Mock Parliament Episode of ‘Infinite Challenge’ Sees Lawmakers Propose Six New Bills

Mock Parliament Episode of ‘Infinite Challenge’ Sees Lawmakers Propose Six New Bills

SEOUL, April 10 (Korea Bizwire) – Popular South Korean TV Show Infinite Challenge is incorporating entertainment into lawmaking as several lawmakers who appeared on the show are set to propose six new bills to the National Assembly after discussing reforms to the current law with the show’s fans earlier this month. Infinite Challenge’s move to tap [...]

‘Infinite Challenge’ Hiatus May Cost MBC Nearly 2 Bln Won in Lost Sales

‘Infinite Challenge’ Hiatus May Cost MBC Nearly 2 Bln Won in Lost Sales

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – The hiatus of popular weekend show “Infinite Challenge” is estimated to cost its network MBC TV around 2 billion won (US$1.75 million) in lost sales, according to industry forecasts Wednesday.  First aired in 2005, the mission-oriented reality TV show is one of the most viewed non-drama programs in South [...]