China Central Television’s Pyongyang reporter gets an exclusive look inside North Korea’s Central Television news studio while interviewing the country’s most recognizable star, anchorwoman Ri Chun Hui, according to the Korea Realtime of the Wall Street Journal Asia.  According to NorthKoreaTech.org, a site dedicated to reporting North Korean news, Ri, delivering the news with great intensity, had previously reported such historic events as the death of Kim Il Sung in 1994 and North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006, had been absent for two months and returned to air on December 19 to announce the death of Kim Jong Il.
When asked about her absence, she told CCTV that even “she is subject to that bias for youth and beauty that exists in media around the world.” In recent weeks, some South Korean media outlets have written stories about seeing younger anchorwomen on North Korean TV news.  Ri’s retirement appears imminent.
NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, said this CCTV report “appears to be aimed at demonstrating to Chinese viewers continued cozy relations between China and North Korea under the new North Korean leadership.”

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