It has been found that the Korea Creative Content Agency’s project for South Korean broadcasting content companies’ business in Chongqing, China has been put on hold along with the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism’s documentary project with China in the wake of the South Korean government’s decision in July to accept the deployment of the THAAD system in the Korean Peninsula.
The Korea Creative Content Agency’s project is for South Korean broadcasting content creators to work on documentaries on the culture of the Middle East, Peru and China in cooperation with local creators.
Regarding the sub-project for China, the agency formed a consortium to work with a Chinese satellite broadcasting company in May this year but failed to sign any contract for the purpose. Then, the sub-project was open again for applications from November 23 to December 7 by Asian, not Chinese, broadcasting companies. A total of six applied for the sub-project.
The Chinese government is increasingly restricting South Korean entertainers’ activities in China these days in opposition to the decision in July. Specifically, its restrictions include a ban on South Korean firms’ broadcasting content production in China, ban on new investment in South Korean entertainment agencies, ban on South Korean singers’ performances with an audience of more than 10,000, ban on cooperation for TV shows and dramas and ban on the airing of TV dramas showing South Korean entertainers. These measures are applied to local stations and web video sites as well as satellite broadcasting stations.