KBS' Highest-Paid Stars Revealed

Shin Dong-yeop Shin Dong-yeop

Shin Dong-yeop was the highest-paid entertainer at terrestrial network KBS last year.

Shin earned a total of W609.5 million (US$1=W1,137) as presenter of "Immortal Songs 2" and host of a talk show titled "Hello Counselor," according to data submitted by KBS on Monday to Democratic United Party lawmaker Jun Byung-hun of the National Assembly's Culture, Sports, Tourism, Broadcasting and Communications Committee.

Next came comedian Lee Su-geun with W595 million, followed by actor Lee Tae-gon (W522 million), comedian Lee Hwi-jae W471 million), actor Kam Woo-sung (W440 million), and comedian Yoo Jae-suk (W439 million).

Actress Kim Ji-soo (with W400 million), actor Kim Seung-woo (W350 million), actress Ban Hyo-jung (W331.3 million), and comedian Park Myung-soo (W321 million) rounded up the top 10.

In 2010, comedian Lee Kyung-kyu topped the list with W535 million, and in 2009 versatile TV personality Tak Jae-hoon ranked first with W429 million.

"KBS's base pay for the highest-paid celebrities at W146,770 for 10 minutes is 4.3 times more than W34,550 for the lowest-paid," Jun said. "It should make efforts to narrow the gap."

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 28, 2012 13:00 KST