MBC Responds To Reports Of Major Changes In Drama Time Slots
On April 25, Chosun Ilbo reported that MBC may be eliminating Monday-Tuesday dramas.
According to the report, despite airing Monday-Tuesday dramas regularly for the past 30 years, MBC would eliminate the time slot after the July drama “Living Two Lives Anyway” (literal translation).
Later on the same day, another media outlet reported that MBC’s drama department was making changes to both the Monday-Tuesday drama time slot and the Wednesday-Thursday drama time slot, moving it by an hour to 9 p.m. KST.
Finally, MBC announced to Xportsnews, “We are currently in the process of discussing changes to the content and organization of our dramas. It is true that the discussions are nearing their final stage, but nothing has been decided upon for certain. At the very latest, we’ll have our final decision by early May.”
MBC’s statement continued, “We went through a reorganization last November through voluntary retirements and management changes and we are continuing to implement those changes this year. ‘Newsdesk’ has also gone through a reorganization. For public broadcasting channels, moving to a 7:30 p.m. time slot is unprecedented.”
MBC has recently faced heavy competition in the drama department from cable channels such as JTBC and tvN. Other public broadcasters (KBS, SBS) have been similarly affected with lower viewership ratings in their weekly time slots.
The Monday-Tuesday drama currently airing on MBC is “Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo.”