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Broadcasting Strikes to Continue

Labor unions in the Munhwa Broadcasting Company (MBC) and the Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), the nation's two major broadcasting companies, decided Friday to prolong the current strikes until next week.
Broadcasting labor members announced, 'The government has not responded to our five requests for reform of broadcasting regulations so we will keep the protest action on.'
About 2,000 unionists gathered in front of the KBS main hall and asked for the democratic broadcasting laws to be amended.
The unions will stage a walking demonstration to Seoul Station on July 21 while dispatching regional union members to Seoul for a general meeting.
As the strikes entered their fourth day, some of both MBC's and KBS's programs have been cancelled or substituted, causing a stumbling in schedules. Instead, old foreign movies and repeats are filling the timetables and second string announcers and newscasters taking the microphones.
Bong Hwa-shik:trojans@joongang.co.kr
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