Foreign TV shows restricted
New rules banning foreign television shows from being shown at primetime have been issued as the country tries to encourage domestic programming, state media reported yesterday. Foreign television series must be capped at a total of 50 episodes and the running time for an imported series must not exceed 25 percent of the total time a given channel dedicates to broadcasting such shows, the China Daily reported.
Tycoon sues little brother
The chairman of Samsung Electronics has been sued by his elder brother over a multimillion dollar inheritance, a law firm said yesterday. Lee Maeng-hee, 80, has sued Lee Kun-hee, 70, for the return of a huge number of shares inherited from their late father, said a spokesperson for the law firm, Hwawoo. Hwawoo, which has formed a team of 10 lawyers to represent Maeng-hee, declined to give details. Yonhap news agency, citing court records, said the total value of the assets claimed by Lee Maeng-hee from his brother is about 700 billion won (US$623 million). Lee Maeng-hee said that after their father’s death in 1987, his younger brother took over the shares that he had held under the names of other people, including Samsung executives.
Queen’s mooner fined
A Sydney man has been fined A$750 (US$800) for mooning Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, during a royal visit. Barman Liam Lloyd Warriner was sentenced yesterday in a Brisbane court on a charge of creating a public nuisance for baring his buttocks to the 85-year-old British monarch and her 90-year-old husband in October last year. Prosecutors had asked for a A$1,000 fine. Warriner admitted holding the nation’s flag clenched between his bare buttocks and running as the royal couple’s motorcade drove past well-wishers. Warriner said outside court yesterday that he would do the same thing to “any self-important, self-propagating elitist.”
Woman dies to be with dog
A woman apparently mourning the death of her pet dog has committed suicide after leaving a note requesting she be buried with the animal, police said yesterday. The 25-year-old surnamed Kim was found dead at her home in the southern city of Busan on Monday after apparently burning coal briquettes in the bathroom, a Busan police official said on condition of anonymity. Kim was clutching the dead dog when a co-worker found her body in the bathroom, whose windows and door were sealed with tape, he said. Kim, who had owned the dog for the past four years, had not been to work since Thursday.
Qantas parody shut down
Qantas has had a parody public relations account for the airline on social media site Twitter shut down, saying yesterday it was “causing confusion” for customers. The account, @QantasPR, was started following the carrier’s dramatic 48-hour grounding of its worldwide fleet in October last year over an industrial dispute with its staff. Using the distinctive red and white “Flying Kangaroo” icon as its profile image, the account lampooned the airline and was followed by thousands of the microblogging site’s members. Twitter users criticized Qantas for the move, with one person sarcastically thanking the airline because he was “genuinely unable to differentiate between your company and a joke.”
Reporter shot dead