Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Naked News Korea

Lee Se-yeon is one of nine presenters of Naked News Korea, the channel where anchors appear topless for an adult news program. Lee (23) had a "normal" career working for a company before joining Naked News and started the interview with the Chosun Ilbo by saying, "Please focus on the news rather than the breasts."

Asked if it was a difficult decision to expose her body to the public, Lee said, "People often say I'm bold. I'm confident about how I look and what I am. Also, I'm used to it now after three months of training after I got through the audition." She disagrees that viewers will be more interested in her body than the news. "I don't think that will necessarily be the case. Honestly, there are many other sources of real pornography. They might look at my body and breasts when watching the program, but I'm sure their ears will be listening to the news," she said.

Lee said the company plans to maintain the current level of nudity and go no further since it reflects the cultural norms in Korea. Therefore, it is highly contextual to the changes in people's thoughts and trend. "If there is a consensus among people on more nudity, the contents can go along with such changes," she said.

Sample video clip of Naked News Korea

* Aug 03, 2009 - Ex-topless newscasters left penniless by firm

NEWSCASTERS of Naked News Korea — the first online news in Korean featuring topless female anchors — are demanding for their salaries after their company abruptly suspended operations.

The women, who would strip while reading news, claimed they had gone through a lot of suffering as a result of the suspension.

According to Nanyang Siang Pau, the subscribers to the service got angry when there was no change in the news content, forcing the website to stop its operations on July 24.

The women said that when the website failed to live up to its initial targeted hits, the company’s top officials ran off without paying its workers.


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