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S. Korea TV station takes flak for reality show suicide

A top South Korean television station faced a storm of media criticism on Thursday following the shock suicide of a female contestant on its popular reality matchmaking show. The contestant on "Jjak (The Mate)" -- a show aired on SBS, one of the South's top three TV stations -- was found dead Wednesday during a week-long production shoot at a guesthouse in the southern island of Jeju. The 29-year-old, surnamed Chun, appeared to have hanged herself with a hair dryer cord, police said, adding she left a note saying she didn't want to live anymore.

Telecom minister urges fair competition among carriers

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's telecom minister on Thursday warned the country's mobile carries of stronger disciplinary actions for their persistent practice of paying out incentives to snatch each other's customers. "Telecommunication is one of the basic rights of the people," said Choi Mun-kee, who heads the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. "The three mobile carriers have a responsibility to provide stable services at reasonable prices.

Telecom minister urges fair competition among carriers

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's telecom minister on Thursday warned the country's mobile carries of stronger disciplinary actions for their persistent practice of paying out incentives to snatch each other's customers. "Telecommunication is one of the basic rights of the people," said Choi Mun-kee, who heads the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. "The three mobile carriers have a responsibility to provide stable services at reasonable prices.

Guardian Media sees first revenue rise in 5 years

LONDON (Reuters) - The owner of Britain's centre-left Guardian newspaper said on Tuesday it expected its revenue to rise for the first time in six years as it foresaw a boost from digital advertising and sponsored content. Guardian Media Group (GMG) said it expected a 20 percent rise in 2013-14 digital revenue to 70 million pounds ($117 million), with overall revenue expected to rise more than 5 percent to 206 million.

Doyenne of fashion writers Suzy Menkes jumps ship

Doyenne of fashion writers Suzy Menkes is to join Vogue after 25 years covering the catwalks for the International Herald Tribune, her new employer said on Monday. Menkes' departure comes four months after the 125-year-old Paris-based IHT changed its name to the International New York Times, marking the end of a chapter in newspaper history. Menkes, who is British, continued in her role as Style Editor after the name change in October 2013 and management stressed at the time that the re-branding would not affect the content of the newspaper.

New Australia newspaper launch bucks closure trend

A new weekly newspaper launched in Australia on Saturday, bucking the trend of closures and the focus on digital with the editor saying demand remained for quality journalism. The Saturday Paper, with a staff of renowned writers, hit news stands as a competitor to established mastheads including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. "Never have newspapers faced greater perils, both financially and from the more insidious creep of ideology," it said in its first editorial.

Tycoon Li backs press freedom after attack on Hong Kong editor

Influential Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing on Friday condemned a brutal attack on a veteran journalist and warned the territory will suffer serious harm if it loses press freedom. Li, who is Asia's richest person, joined a chorus of dismay over Wednesday's attack on Kevin Lau, who is being treated in hospital after being hacked with a cleaver in broad daylight.

Hong Kong media vow not to be intimidated after attack

Hong Kong journalists vowed Thursday not to be intimidated by a savage attack on a veteran colleague that has stoked fresh concerns for media freedom, declaring "they can't kill us all". Kevin Lau -- former editor of the liberal newspaper Ming Pao -- is in critical condition in hospital after two men attacked him with a cleaver, sparking condemnation from the United States, the European Union and press groups.

Hong Kong police investigate cleaver attack on editor

Hong Kong police were on Thursday investigating an attack on a former newspaper editor who is in a critical condition after being hacked with a cleaver, the latest incident to stoke fears over media freedom in the territory. The attack on Kevin Lau, former editor of the liberal Ming Pao newspaper, has sparked condemnation from the US and press groups at a time of growing unease over media rights in the southern Chinese city. "Officers are now at the scene and they are investigating," a police spokeswoman told AFP.

Hong Kong media vow not to be intimidated after attack

Hong Kong journalists Thursday vowed they would not be intimidated by a brutal attack on a veteran colleague that has stoked fresh concerns for media freedom, declaring "they can't kill us all". Kevin Lau -- former editor of the liberal newspaper Ming Pao -- is in a critical condition in hospital after two men attacked him with a cleaver, sparking condemnation from the United States, the European Union and press groups.
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