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South Korea TV station takes flak for suicide of contestant during reality show

Published on Mar 6, 2014 11:48 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - A top South Korean television station faced a storm of media criticism on Thursday following the shock suicide of a female contestant on its popular reality matchmaking show.

The contestant on Jjak (The Mate) - a show aired on SBS, one of the South's top three TV stations - was found dead on Wednesday during a week-long production shoot at a guesthouse in the southern island of Jeju.

The 29-year-old, surnamed Chun, appeared to have hanged herself with a hairdryer cord, the police said, adding she left a note saying she didn't want to live anymore.

The weekly show puts about 10 men and women in the same guesthouse, dubbed Lovetown, for a week while they are filmed by TV crew and surveillance cameras.

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