TV programming pre-empted for news coverage on downed ferry
If you haven’t yet heard the news, a South Korean ferry sank on Wednesday, April 16, while carrying 459 passengers from Seoul to Jeju Island, many of them high schoolers on a field trip. Currently rescue efforts are underway with nearly 300 people unaccounted for, and coverage of the disaster is dominating the media. For more detailed reports, you can read about it in English from BBC News or CNN.
Not to get our priorities backward, but that does also mean that the Wednesday dramas were all pre-empted this week due to the breaking news, so Three Days, Sly and Single Again, and Golden Cross broadcasts were all pushed back. Many of the non-prime-time dramas and variety programming was also pre-empted.
No word yet on programming decisions for tomorrow; I think it’s safe to say everyone’s attentions are fixed on more pressing worries. We’re sending all our wishes to the survivors and rescue workers.