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KBC offers a window to the world of Korean content

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MUMBAI: If TV Korea has its way, the words KBC will have a whole new meaning in India! The TV Korea Showcase, 2006, hosted by the Korean Broadcasting Commission (KBC) in Mumbai on 7 February displayed the best of Korean television content to the media present.

The event was flagged off by an introduction to Korean Broadcasters followed by a screening of Korean content. It's interesting to note that most of the shows that were showcased had themes that have already been explored by Indian broadcasters.

Romance and action seemed to be a dominant theme in most of the drama series on display. Drama series like Winter Sonata (KBS Media) and Love of My Life (MBC) and documentaries like World of Butterflies (MBC) and Attack of Environment (SBS) are shows that seemed not only interesting as far as content is concerned, but they made television viewing pleasurable due to the way they have been shot.

Animation formed a large part of the Korean content on display and Indian audiences would readily identify with characters like Komi (Komi's World of Curiosity by SBS) and Dori (Lexa by MBC). Komi's World of Curiosity represents the 'edu-mation' genre.

Further, KBC also showcased EBS, which is the only broadcasting corporation dedicated to public education in Korea. Its content ranges from animated spots and documentaries based on nature and history to introducing Mathematics to children and telling children about 'birds and bees'.

This is one bouquet of shows and documentaries that could fit in well with the already varied content on Indian television. Is anyone listening?

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