Sunday, May 3, 2015Sunday, May 3, 2015
 

South Korean TV station scraps matchmaking show after suicide

Published on Mar 7, 2014 5:49 PM
 

SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean television station said on Friday it was pulling the plug on a popular reality matchmaking show after the shock suicide of a female contestant sparked a storm of criticism.

The decision by SBS, one of South Korea's three major TV stations, came two days after the 29-year-old committed suicide during a week-long production shoot in the southern island of Jeju.

"We have decided to close the show," SBS said in a statement, apologising to viewers and pledging steps aimed at preventing similar incidents.

Police said the contestant, surnamed Chun, apparently hanged herself with a hair dryer cord.

 
Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!