Taiwanese TV network apologizes for using image of COVID-19 virus edited onto South Korean flag

A Taiwanese cable TV network issued an apology on Tuesday after broadcasting a superimposed image of a COVID-19 virus on the South Korean flag. 

TVBS aired the edited image during the network’s broadcast of an episode of its “Focus Global News” program on March 16 that reported on the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in South Korea. 

Several South Korean media outlets, including SBS TV, Chosun Ilbo and the Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company, noticed the edited image and responded with their disapproval. TVBS issued an apology on its official website in both Korean and Chinese.

“We want to relay our sincerest apology to the South Korean people for the improper handling of the program. The problematic image has been deleted and we have engaged in internal self-examination and improvement,” TVBS stated.


Featured Image via TVBS YouTube


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