Summit Snippets: KBS sorry over staff intrusion

KBS sorry over staff intrusion

SEOUL • South Korea's largest public broadcaster, the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), has apologised after two of its reporters were arrested in Singapore on Thursday for trespassing in the North Korean ambassador's home, reported Yonhap News Agency.

In a prime-time news report on Friday, KBS issued a public apology for not being cautious in covering the news, amid what it described as a sensitive situation ahead of the summit. "We will respect the results of the police investigation and take necessary steps as soon as results are available," KBS said.

The Singapore Police Force said on Friday that it received a call at 3.50pm on Thursday. The Sunday Times understands that officers went to the ambassador's home, where the two South Koreans representing KBS News were being held. They arrested the two men, aged 42 and 45, at the scene.

Rodman coming to support 'friends'

WASHINGTON • Flamboyant former US basketball star Dennis Rodman has said he will fly to Singapore to support his "friends" Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un at their historic peace summit on Tuesday.

"Thanks to my loyal sponsors from @potcoin and my team at @Prince-Mrketing, I will be flying to Singapore for the historical Summit," the former Chicago Bulls forward tweeted late on Friday. "I'll give whatever support is needed to my friends @realDonaldTrump and Marshall Kim Jong Un."

His tweet came after the White House on Thursday ruled out any role for the high-profile retired player in the hotly anticipated talks with the North Korean leader, with whom Mr Rodman has struck up an unlikely friendship.


STB tells CBD offices: Let there be lights!

Buildings in the Central Business District (CBD) have been requested by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to switch on their facade lights and some of their internal lighting in the lead-up to the summit.

This includes high-rise buildings such as the 32-storey National Trades Union Congress Centre in Marina Boulevard and the 43-storey Ocean Financial Centre in Raffles Place.

STB's executive director of communications and marketing capability, Mr Oliver Chong, told The Sunday Times that this was because "this is the period where Singapore will be featured on international broadcasts and to millions of viewers".

He added: "This request is on a voluntary basis, to help create a stunning visual spectacle of the Singapore skyline for international viewers."

ST understands that STB encourages building owners and tenants in the CBD area to turn on all of their external perimeter building lights and half of the building's internal lighting from today to Wednesday between 7pm and 6am the following day.

If they face constraints, they can switch on their lights for a shortened period - from 7pm to 11.59pm instead.

ST understands that STB sends out the same request for the Formula 1 race period as well.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 10, 2018, with the headline 'Summit Snippets'. Print Edition | Subscribe