Friday, January 20, 2006

What makes Arirang TV so HAPPY!

In a post I just wrote I noted Arirang TV, a satellite TV channel funded by the Korean Government to promote Korean culture and tourism worldwide. For some of us who live over here it is a source of derision. However if you keep the premise in mind, its a 24 hour long Korea infomercial, it is actually well done in my opinion. That said I do not watch it for the sole reason I can not take its contiguously upbeat attitude. Even when the nightly news comes one, the reporters seem to be ghoulishly cheerful in reporting rare bad news they have on Korea.

Apparently we find out why Mr. Happy makes such a large presence at Arirang TV. The President of the station, Samuel Koo, has been controlled by Mr. Happy according to the Korea Times:

Koo cited bad health as the reason for his [resignation] decision. However, local media reports said complaints of management inefficiency...and accusations of sexual harassment by a female employee of Arirang played an important role in his decision. A committee yesterday began investigating the sexual harassment charges

Man, imagine the pick-up lines the head of Arirang TV uses "You know that 12 part 36 hour long series on Korean pottery? That was my idea!", "Whata say we go back to my place for some wonderful traditional Korean culture?", or "Hey baby you want to kiss my little Admiral Yi?"



At January 21, 2006 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 10 pm news is not that bad. The news reader, Anh chak hee ?? is excellent
But your right the whole channel is too upbeat and their IT show is like one long infocomercial.
The documentaries they have on Korean life are good. They are very informative, but you have to ignore the terrible script.

At January 23, 2006 6:05 PM, Blogger Dram Man said...

There is no doubt some nuggets of information to be gleaned. However as I mentioned the constant pep can get to you after a while. Its like if the Mickey Mouse club ran a network.


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