Global Showbiz Briefs: South Korea, UK

Five New TV Stations Debut In South Korea
Five new TV stations went on the air Thursday in South Korea bringing the number of South Korean broadcasters to nine. The government still owns three. The fifth new channel will show only news programs. The privately owned stations’ establishment is the result of President Lee Myung-bak’s effort to loosen the government’s grip on the media industry. Lee initially planned to sell two of the three government-owned TV stations to newspapers or other private owners. But workers at the stations, their unions and opposition party politicians balked. Instead, in a July 2009 vote marred by fist-fights, the National Assembly passed legislation to allow other news organizations to start new stations. The government awarded stations to four newspapers — three of which support Lee’s conservative government — and the Yonhap news agency. 

ITV Pairs With Producers For New Shingle
Camilla Campbell and Robert Wulff-Cochrane are partnering with ITV Studios in a new production company, Noho Film and TV. Campbell and Wulff-Cochrane have run the drama department of Britain’s Channel 4 for the past 2 years. Between them, they have 15 BAFTAs. The duo will begin development on new projects for Noho in the first semester of 2012 with an initial focus on scripted drama for young adult audiences. ITV is looking to augment its drama output and quickly get Noho up and running with a loaded production slate. (more…)

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