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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 [...]

S. Korean Broadcaster Signs Format Pact with NBCUniversal

S. Korean Broadcaster Signs Format Pact with NBCUniversal

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean broadcaster MBC and U.S. media network giant NBCUniversal will jointly develop an original format for a television program, said the Korean counterpart Friday.  “A contract was signed with NBCUniversal to collaborate on the development of a program format,” MBC said. “This marks the first time in history [...]

Korean Broadcasters Expand Mobile Offerings

Korean Broadcasters Expand Mobile Offerings

SEOUL, June 27 (Korea Bizwire) – With an increasing number of Koreans consuming video content via mobile devices, major Korean broadcasters are expanding their offerings to mobile broadcasting.  SBS, MBC, and tvN recently launched mobile content brands Mobidic, MBig TV, and tvNgo, with stiff competition between broadcasters to attract mobile-friendly consumers.  TvNgo has been the [...]