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Korean media leader resigns in scandal

Jan. 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM

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.

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