Channel 2 News begins a 23-part look at Korea this weekend, attempting to explore the country "behind the headlines" and examine the impact this developing nation has on local residents.
In light of last summer's student riots in the Korean capital, the adoption of a new constitution that will permit the first presidential elections in Korean history next month, the rapid rise of Hyundai and other Korean companies as sales competitors in this country, next year's Olympic Games in Seoul and the fact that Southern California contains the largest Korean population outside of Korea, Channel 2 sent reporters Warren Olney and Pat O'Brien to Korea for nearly three weeks in October to report on that country's tumultuous political and social scene and its emergence as a world economic leader.
Their nearly 90 minutes of reports, which begin airing Sunday during the 6 p.m. newscast and will then be broadcast one at a time on newscasts throughout the week, include segments on the Korean workplace, radicalism at Korean universities, life at the North Korean border through the eyes of a Southern Californian soldier, dawn at a Korean fish market and how the country is preparing to host the 1988 Olympics.
This marks the third time in recent years that KCBS has traveled overseas for reports from developing nations believed important to local viewers. In 1983, Channel 2 sent Jess Marlow and David Garcia to Central America and in 1984 the station broadcast a series of reports from Cuba. The Korean series is the cornerstone of the news department's November ratings sweeps programming.