TBS CEO, “Talking about starving to death” at the movement to abolish the Seoul ordinance

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▲ Lee Kang-taek, CEO of TBS (left), appeared on MBC radio ‘Kim Jong-bae’s attention’ on the 4th.

“It’s about starving to death.” (Lee Kang-taek, CEO of TBS, MBC Radio on the 4th )

The 11th Seoul City Council, the People’s Power, proposes ‘Abolition of the Ordinance on the Establishment and Operation of TBS’ as the No. 1 Ordinance Bill. Of the 112 members of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, 76 belong to the People’s Power, and it is only a matter of time before the ordinance is passed. If the ordinance bill is passed, the contribution that the Seoul Metropolitan Government has provided to TBS every year could be effectively stopped. Last year, when Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon took office as a substitute, the city decided to provide 32 billion won, a decrease of 5.5 billion won compared to the previous year. As of 2021, TBS Seoul’s financial dependence is 72.8%, and TBS is legally prohibited from advertising.

Lee Kang-taek, CEO of TBS, announced on the 4th that MBC Radio Appearing on this move, he said, “Until last year (in the power of the people) TBS was criticized a lot for why they only talked about traffic content and did other things. He said, “I am very embarrassed,” he said. “I know you have hostility towards us, but it’s too much,” he added.

In the end, such a situation When the host asked if it was because of this, CEO Lee Kang-taek said, “It is clear. The current news is also completely deprived, and the time information is complete. He replied that it was a consistent context, whether it was educational broadcasting or the abolition of the foundation.

It is known that the first ordinance bill is expected to have a one-year grace period, but regarding this, “The budget for public institutions is usually made around August of the previous year. It is said that full-scale pressure is starting,” he replied, and countered the claim that financial independence was necessary for organizational independence as “actually expulsion under the name of independence.” Regarding the move to allow their employees to apply to other Seoul-affiliated organizations if TBS disappears, he replied, “In my opinion, it’s just a saying.” This means that securing employment will be difficult.

▲TBS.
▲TBS.

CEO Lee Kang-taek said, “CBS started out as a special-purpose broadcast, but it was made into a comprehensive program and we are the same. Currently, (TBS) is ranked second in the share of radio channels and number one in morning and evening current affairs programs. emphasized. He continued, “(According to the law) we can only do campaign advertisements. (Seoul City) Fiscal dependence is over 70%. How will I survive if it disappears suddenly?” he asked.

TBS is also expected to face pressure from the results of the comprehensive audit. On the 27th of last month, the Seoul Audit Committee issued a warning to TBS CEO Lee Kang-taek, saying that there were many legal sanctions against the program from the Korea Communications Standards Commission and that the follow-up response was insufficient. all is a matter related to

CEO Lee Kang-taek said, “The written contract for the participation fee has already been corrected since July of last year, and in fact, it is something that broadcasters did not do. complained of injustice. Regarding the reason for the warning from the head of the agency, he said, “I am not the one in charge of the organization. If the CEO touches the program in advance, it will be censored.

Meanwhile Regarding the point of being overly biased, he said, “I don’t think there is anything that can be seen like that. However, in our society There has never been a proper evaluation of it.” The fact that the interview on the day related to the controversy over ‘broadcast oppression’ was conducted at MBC is symbolic. MBC is the No. 1 broadcaster concerned about ‘broadcast suppression’ after the change of government.

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