PUBLIC BROADCASTER THREATENED, SAYS IFJ
The Grand National Party (GNP) has tabled a bill proposing that the Korean Broadcasting Law be revised to separate television license fees from electricity billing. This would remove a major source of funding from Korean Broadcasting Systems (KBS), a public service broadcaster, and force it to rely more on advertising, says IFJ.
"Stable finance is an important element for KBS to perform its public responsibilities without any constraints from politics. Korean listeners and viewers are entitled to public service broadcasting free from excessive commercialism," IFJ argues. The organisation is calling for the draft bill to be withdrawn.
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- IFJ Statement on KBS: http://www.ifj-asia.org/korea031204.html
- Public Broadcasting for All Campaign:
- KBS: http://english.kbs.co.kr/main/index.html