Is KBS Too Dependent on the Power of Yoo Jae Suk?

The variety programs of broadcast station KBS are undergoing changes. While its direction has not completely transformed, the channel is now catering to the viewers’ interests more than ever before. The most visible example is “I Am a Man,” which is set to kick off on August 8. Being led by the “Nation’s MC” Yoo Jae Suk, the show’s pilot episode was a hit ...

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FIESTAR’s “One More” Banned by MBC for Threesome References

According to several broadcast officials, FIESTAR has been banned from MBC for their new song “One More,” the reason being that the new song calls to mind the image of a threesome. While the song initially passed broadcast requirements for the big three broadcasting companies (MBC, SBS, KBS), “One More” soon went right back under the spotlight for its implication of a threesome. Following FIESTAR’...

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KBS Deems f(x)’s New Title Song “Red Light” Unfit for Broadcast, MBC Still Undecided

It has been reported that the broadcast station KBS has ruled f(x)’s title track “Red Light,” from their upcoming third album of the same name, to be unfit for broadcast, while MBC revealed they will come to a decision within this week. The reason for KBS’s ruling is that the lyrics of “Red Light” mention a specific brand: heavy equipment manufacturing company known as Caterpillar. In response to ...

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KBS Approves Taeyang’s “Love You to Death” on Latest Censor List

Media network KBS has passed the Taeyang song, “Love You to Death” as fit to play. KBS’ censors released a list of approved songs on June 25. According to network policy, new songs have to go through a screening process to ensure that they are fit to play. A total of 154 were submitted for consideration, and 146 were approved, including the track from the BIGBANG member’s new solo album, “Rise.” A...

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Taeyang and Crush’s Songs Banned from KBS Broadcast

On June 11, Taeyang’s “Intro (Rise)” from his second album “Rise” was ruled unfit for broadcast by KBS. This was because the lyrics of the intro track included the word “f**k.” Crush’s “Give It To Me” featuring Jay Park and Simon Dominic was also banned from broadcast. KBS banned this song because the lyrics include the brand Nutella, the word “f**k,” and various other lyrics that are highly sugge...

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Labor Union Strike Ends with the Dismissal of KBS President Gil Hwan Young

The KBS labor union strike has come to an end, and the announcers and various program producers have returned to work.  According to a KBS official on June 6, “With the end of the strike at 5 AM this morning, the announcers and producers have all returned to work. The news team, which was affected the most, has also returned to productions.” The strike had gone on since May 29, with the labor unio...

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KBS Programming Uncertain Due to Labor Union Strike

Due to the strike by two labor unions against TV network KBS, upcoming television programming for the broadcaster has become uncertain. The strike began today after the KBS board failed to reach a conclusion on whether to vote on a proposal to oust current company president, Gil Hwan Young. The meeting ended with a decision to meet again on June 5 to go over the matter once more, and the labor uni...

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KBS Asks 4Men to Make Edits to “Erase” Video

Broadcast network KBS has asked that a section of 4Men’s music video for the song “Erase” be replaced before it can be aired. Representatives from the channel told the group’s entertainment company that sections of the video, which shows the group playing with an inflatable device on a railway track, meant that the video was unfit for broadcast. The portions in question are a total of five seconds...

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KBS, MBC, and SBS Will Resume Airing Variety Shows This Week

Starting Monday, April 28, all of the three main Korean broadcast networks, SBS, KBS, and MBC, will resume airing variety shows in addition to their various drama series. Following the Sewol ferry accident that occurred on April 16, all variety shows and drama broadcasts had been put on hiatus while the nation mourned. Drama airings had slowly resumed to normal over the past few days, but variety ...

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