Infinite Challenge producer Kim Tae Ho gave an interview to Kyunghyang News recently where he spoke of the Korean government's influence on the content of the show.
The Korean variety show was one of the longest-running, and due to its popularity the government wanted the show to focus on stories that shone light on new policies.
The producer said: "Because of its popularity, even our company couldn't change the content of our show. But the government wanted to propogate government policies through the show. The 2010 Globalisation of Korean Food was something we were already planning, so we received support from the Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp. But there were many things that we refused as well".
One such thing that they refused was former president Park Geun Hye's controversial 'creative economy'. Kim Tae Ho said he pushed back on the request for a year, and luckily the administration moved on before he could be reprimanded for not complying.
Kim Tae Ho is also known to have taken part in MBC strikes seeking better conditions for crew and creatives.
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