It's been approximately 4 weeks since employees at MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) and KBS (Korea Broadcasting Station) launched a general strike against their companies.
Initially, the strikes took a toll on news broadcasts and radio broadcasts, then spread to informative broadcasts and variety shows. In the 4th week of ongoing strikes, MBC's major programs such as 'Radio Star', 'Infinity Challenge', 'Show! Music Core', 'I Live Alone', and many more have been replaced with special broadcasts. KBS programs such as '1 Night 2 Days', 'Superman is Back', and most recently, 'Happy Together 3', have been or will be replaced with special broadcasts because of the inability to produce new content.
Dramas are an exception save for newly premiering productions, as many dramas are produced and completed by outside production companies. But it seems that some netizens, particularly the younger audiences, are finding some aspects of the strikes enjoyable.
Many young netizens on online communities argued that thanks to the absence of radio broadcasts on MBC and KBS stations, time slots normally filled with guest talks, stories sent in from readers, and more have been replaced with, simply more music. Commenters said, "There's good sides to the strikes too. First and foremost, they play tons of good songs", "Can they make a station just for playing music? It'll probably have good response", "I love that the radio station keeps playing songs without talks or comments, I listen to the radio all freaking day", "I ended up listening to radio stations after the strikes", and so on.
Complaints about the lack of programmed radio broadcasts came from older audiences, who have habits of listening to certain broadcasts each day in their time slots (i.e. 'Good Morning FM Noh Hong Chul').
Meanwhile, employees at MBC and KBS voted to launch a strike in opposition to high-office level executives who practiced influencing news and broadcasts to benefit political parties they favor. Are you missing radio broadcasts from MBC and KBS?