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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF Thursday, April 25, 2019

Poor working conditions for idol managers come to light following MustB's fatal car accident

AKP STAFF

On April 21 around 3:20 am KST, a van transporting the rookie boy group MustB and their staff members crashed on the Olympic Highway. The accident tragically took the life of MustB's manager Son, 36. Driving while drowsy is assumed to be the reason behind the fatal accident. 

In relation to the unfortunate loss, the April 25 airing of MBC's 'Section TV' pointed out idol managers' poor working conditions and their hectic schedule. 

Lee Nam Kyung of the Korea Management Federation stated, "Music show rehearsals start around 7-7:30 am. They wake up and get ready around 1-2 am and stay (with the artist) until night. The problem is it doesn't stop here. During promotions, they have to attend events. After the events, they have to drop off the artist to get off work. That means they start work at 1 am and go home around midnight. In busy times, they have to move with only 1-2 hours of sleep a day."

As to why the working environment for managers has not improved throughout the years, Lee commented, "They have to quickly create things for success. I think the problem is how the focus has been directed there. We want managers to have a good working environment."

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T_Jazz1,214 pts Thursday, April 25, 2019 6
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Shift change! Two salaries cost less than one accruing overtime.

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sehj1,762 pts Thursday, April 25, 2019 2
Thursday, April 25, 2019

All wrong.

It has long been known that entertainment companies whether it is the music industry or the drama/movie industry has pushed their employees past the breaking point. Even in regular corporations people have died from exhaustion. There is an old drama called the King of Dramas that portrays the working conditions people are working under to give us our entertainment. There are laws on the books but they have not been enforced.

I am deeply saddened to know that this might have been a preventable accident.

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