Dramas on Hiatus?August 30, 2010
Are any of these dramas on your watch list? Well, they may have to be put on halt due to a boycott decision made on August 27 by the entire Korea’s Broadcasting Union consisting of staffs, actors, singers, and artists. They refuse to participate in any of the 13 outsourced shoots indefinitely until the major broadcasting companies resolve unpaid wage problems and guarantee that there won’t be any relaspe of the situation.
That means that viewers will have to go for weeks without Baker King, Kim Tak Gu, Gloria, Giant, Kim Suro, I Am Legend, and eight other shows that are affected as well. The broadcasters have failed to pay an estimated 4.368 billion won ($3.67 million) as of July 31. A statement by the chairman, Kim Eung-suk, states,
Though we’ve tried our best to solve payment problems during the last two years, it was of no avail. Rather, companies and subcontractors have taken advantage of us instead.
The association is not ruling out the possibility of resolution and have stated that they are open and willing to negotiation. However this will take time and in the meantime, viewers will be without the top dramas in the weeks to come.