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Korean TV channels are canceling entertainment shows to show their condolences to the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster that happened Wednesday morning.

Public broadcaster MBC yesterday decided to cancel all of its weekend entertainment shows, including live music program “Music Core” and reality shows “We Got Married” and “Infinite Challenge.” They were originally scheduled for today.

MBC will instead screen the documentary film “Hello?! Orchestra” at 5 p.m. The rest of the agenda will be used to deliver the latest breaking news.

Sunday reality shows “Dad, Where Are You Going?” and “Real Men” on MBC are also being postponed, but the weekend drama “Jang Bori Has Come!” and “Hotel King” will air as usual.

Music programs of other public broadcasters such as KBS’s “Music Bank” and SBS’s “Inkigayo” will not be aired, and cable channels Mnet and tvN are halting shows such as “M Countdown,” “Grandpas over Flower,” “SNL Korea” and “Comedy Big League.”

“It is an unwritten rule in the business to not broadcast entertaining shows when such a big tragedy happens,” said one industry insider. “It was a similar situation in 2010 with the Cheonan case.”

By Jin Eun-soo, contributing writer

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