Yoo Jae-suk Paid Nearly W1 Billion by MBC in 2008

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Comedian Yoo Jae-suk was the biggest earner at Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) last year, raking in W954.4 million for hosting several programs, a report reveals (US$1=W1,163).

Comedian Park Myung-soo came in second with W842.8 million, followed by comedian Lee Hwi-jae (W574.5 million), according to data submitted to GNP lawmaker Lee Jung-hyun of the National Assembly's Culture, Sports, Tourism, Broadcasting and Communications Committee on Sunday. The data came from the Foundation for Broadcasting Culture, MBC's largest shareholder.

In the radio hosts category, Kang Suk made the largest sum of W189.4 million, followed by Sohn Suk-hee (W177 million), Lee Moon-sae (W175.7 million), Bae Chul-soo (W174.1 million) and Kim Hye-young (W171.2 million).

MBC paid its top 10 highest earning TV hosts a total of W5.75 billion and its top 10 radio hosts W1.67 billion, jointly accounting for 21.6 percent of MBC's total outlay for entertainers of W34.4 billion.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 12, 2009 10:09 KST