Variety shows and drama series to suspend for election coverage

Ahead of Wednesday’s presidential election, major terrestrial broadcasters announced that all of their Wednesday night variety shows and drama series would be suspended for the day.

Throughout the campaign, the three major broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS partially canceled some of their regular shows to air one-on-one and one-on-one presidential debates. Broadcasters also replaced regular programs to broadcast special documentaries featuring the main presidential candidates of the ruling parties and the main opposition parties in the weeks leading up to election day.

Public broadcaster KBS is due to broadcast its election coverage live in five episodes starting at 4:00 p.m. on KBS1TV.

KBS News 9, the flagship news program airing at 9:00 p.m., will air a special edition, with live updates on the election.

Incorporating XR technologies, the public broadcaster seeks to present information and data about this year’s presidential election in large-scale delivery with 3D graphics and holograms.

Expanding its territory from its traditional television format, KBS is also broadcasting the vote count on a metaverse platform.

KBS has created a new map on Naver Zepeto’s metaverse platform, enticing viewers with various activities, including a presidential election maze quiz, a studio for its talk show “Let’s Jeongchi 2,” and a voting area. Selfie.

A separate metaverse platform called ifland from local telecommunications giant SK Telecom will livestream the world’s first metaverse recount airing Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

As soon as the vote count is over, the broadcaster is expected to air the working headline “Who is South Korea’s new 20th president?” at 3 a.m. on Thursday.

KBS’s usual nightly programs, including the nature documentary “Animal Kingdom,” the entertainment show “Hometown Report,” “Workman” and the daily soap opera “The All-Round Wife,” won’t air on Wednesday.

Terrestrial broadcasters MBC and SBS air “Choice 2022” and “2022 People’s Choice” as ballot counting programs beginning at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively.

MBC has collaborated with various Korean artists to provide election-related information with a dose of culture, including Hangeul, the Korean writing system, traditional Korean crafts, hanbok and more.

SBS, widely known for producing entertaining stripping shows and dramatic parodies by editing candidates’ faces with 2D characters, will feature animated characters for this year’s election.

MBC and SBS will not air their respective hit programs, “Radio Star” and “Kick a Goal.”

MBC’s drama “The Second Husband,” “Live Today Eveninig,” “While You’re Hooked,” and SBS’s “Live Today” won’t air this week.

While the three major broadcasters are holding a joint election exit poll, as in previous elections, cable channel JTBC is holding a separate election exit poll for the first time this year.

With its own vote-counting program “Vision Again” airing Wednesday night, JTBC will not air its weekly talk show “Talkpawon” and romance series “Thirty-Nine.”

By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])