facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Korean media leader resigns in scandal

Jan. 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM   |   Comments

SEOUL, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A bribery scandal forced the resignation Friday of Choi See-joong, South Korea's top broadcasting regulator, officials said.

Choi, chairman of the government-run Korea Communications Commission, stepped down after prosecutors arrested his aide, Jeong Yong-wook, on charges Jeong illicitly received money from Kim Hak-in, the operator of a local broadcasting school, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

Kim was arrested on embezzlement and tax evasion charges last week, Yonhap said.

The departure of Choi, a key supporter in President Lee Myung-bak's administration, came during negotiations about sweeping changes in broadcasting law, the news agency said.

A 2009 law eased regulations and allowed cross-ownership of newspapers and broadcasting stations, leading to the launch last month of four new cable television stations and a news channel, significantly altering South Korea's media structure.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Hillary Clinton: Businesses and corporations don't create jobs Hillary Clinton: Businesses and corporations don't create jobs
2
Iranian woman accused of killing attempted rapist executed Iranian woman accused of killing attempted rapist executed
3
Terry Keenan, former CNN, Fox News anchor, dead at 53 Terry Keenan, former CNN, Fox News anchor, dead at 53
4
Top NSA spy is leaving position after conflict of interest accusations Top NSA spy is leaving position after conflict of interest accusations
5
Woman pleads not guilty to rape of Seattle man Woman pleads not guilty to rape of Seattle man
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback