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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.

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