Sixty percent of the fees paid by KBS to celebrities goes to a handful of top stars in its shows.
According to the data submitted by KBS to Democratic Party lawmaker Jun Byung-hun on Wednesday, 60.3 percent of W56.4 billion paid for appearances on entertainment programs from 2011 to the present went to the top five percent.
During the same time, 56.2 percent of W43.8 billion paid to actors in dramas went to the top five percent.
The average paid to the top five percent on entertainment shows was W60.68 million, and in dramas W131.56 million. But the bottom 20 percent were paid only W130,000 and W110,000.
"Unless you're in the top 20 percent you’ll be hard-pressed to enjoy a normal life," Jun said.
KBS claims the main reason for the imbalance is the inordinate pay demanded by stars due to their growing popularity across Asia and the expansion of TV channels.
"In fierce competition, it's hard to put a cap on the fees paid to big stars. Broadcasters need to collaborate on determining the cap on fees," a spokesman said.