Indonesian news channel apologizes for photo of South Korean actor Hyun Bin on story about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s health

We all love TV news bloopers, and this one has got to be up there among the best, particularly in a country that’s as infatuated with K-drama as Indonesia.

Yesterday evening, CNN Indonesia ran a story on North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, who was reportedly in critical condition. On the plasma display behind the news anchor, a photo of Kim Jong-un was put side-by-side with Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok, a character played by South Korean actor Hyun Bin in popular K-drama Crash Landing on You.

Please lah, why did CNN Indonesia use Captain Ri’s photo?

The news channel later issued an apology for their “fatal mistake” on a news program yesterday.

“The news package was on the issues surrounding Kim Jong-un, who was reportedly in critical condition, which has no relation to the Captain Ri character in the Korean drama series. This error was not intentional, and we apologize for this mistake,” the CNN Indonesia news anchor said.

Kim Jong-un is speculated to be “seriously ill” following a recent heart surgery, as reported by Seoul-based online newspaper Daily NK, which focuses on North Korean affairs. According to their source, he was said to be recuperating at a villa outside the capital Pyongyang. He hasn’t been seen in public for about 10 days, with some reports suggesting that he’s in “grave danger.”

South Korea, on the other hand, has downplayed Kim Jon-un’s reported health issues, according to a report from The Guardian.

If you’re out of the K-drama loop, Crash Landing on You is a K-drama series that tells a story of a businesswoman and South Korean chaebol (conglomerate) heiress Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin) who crash lands in North Korea after a paragliding ride gone wrong, leading to her encounter with Ri Jeong-hyeok, a captain in the Korean People’s Army who comes from a powerful family.

The drama aired on South Korean channel tvN and released internationally on Netflix in December of last year, becoming the former’s highest rated drama and the second-highest-rated drama in the country’s cable television history.


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