‘Grandmas on Islands’ honored by commercial broadcasters association
The National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Korea named Busan Korea New Network’s TV program “Grandmas on Islands” (translation) the Grand Prize winner of its annual awards on Wednesday.
“The program showed a human side that we very much need in society today,” Roh Dong-ryeol, professor of Sungshin Women’s University in central Seoul, one of the judges who reviewed the programs for the awards ceremony, told Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday.
The program followed the lives of women who make a living on islands in Korea, most of them involved in the fishing industry and some as haenyeo, the name for indigenous female divers in Korea. It was aired once a week from July to December last year.
The association is a gathering of 10 commercial broadcasters in regions throughout Korea, including Busan, Daegu, Ulsan and Jeonju in North Jeolla, and hosts an awards ceremony every year.
Other awarded programs included documentaries on Taejeon Broadcasting in Daejeon and Taegu Broadcasting in Daegu.
The ceremony itself was not hosted due to the coronavirus outbreak. All of the awarded programs will be aired again as part of the celebration, the association said.
By Esther Chung