KBS Cancels Live Airing at Kangchenjunga Peak

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KBS Cancels Live Airing at Kangchenjunga Peak

The Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) has decided to cancel the planned live airing of an attempt by Korean climbers to conquer the Kangchenjunga summit in the Himalayas range.
A source at KBS announced Wednesday,'We decided to withdraw the broadcasting team from the Kangchenjunga on October 20 as they were exhausted from the bad weather and their long stay in the alpine region.'
The broadcasting team departed for the Himalayas in August and has been in the alpine region for some two months. Team members have suffered from cold and altitude sickness.
Furthermore, a KBS reporter and a climber died in an avalanche while preparing for the airing.
KBS plans to send a helicopter to the base camp to pick up the team and broadcasting equipment.
However, the team plans to attemp a final live airing on October 18, although it is unlikely to succeed.
Korea's public broadcaster has input 1.2 billion won into this 'Millennium Project'.
Kang Joo-an : jooan@joongang.co.kr

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