Sohn Suk-hee

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Sohn Suk-hee
Born (1956-06-20) June 20, 1956 (age 61)
Seoul, South Korea
Education University of Minnesota
Occupation Television/Radio personality, Former Announcer, Professor
Years active 1984-present
Sohn Suk-hee
Revised Romanization Son Seokhui
McCune–Reischauer Son Sŏkhŭi

Sohn Suk-hee is a South Korean anchor and president of JTBC's news reporting division. He was also a former professor at Sungshin Women's University, Seoul, South Korea.

He is considered one of the most influential figures in South Korean media.[1]


Early Life and Education[edit]

When Sohn Suk-hee was in the lower grades in Seoul Yonggang elementary school, he lived in Pil-dong, Jung-gu. He was stubborn and tough at the moment. ‘This student is such a thick head’ was written in his report card when he was second grader. He used to play with the orphans near the Toegye-ro, but he was so poor that he was in the similar position with them. Later, his family moved to Seongbuk-gu. After he graduated Sorabol middle school, he entered the Whimoon High School and became a member of the broadcasting club. There, he met Song Sueng Hwan, who planned Nanta. His experience in there played the crucial role of becoming an announcer. In 1976, he entered Kookmin University and studied Korean Literature. Students in Kookmin University called him ‘school uniform’, because he had only worn black clothes. In 1979, he joined the Army in Busan.

At MBC[edit]

Sohn Suk-hee joined MBC in 1984 as an announcer. In 1985, he became an anchor of 1minute News, Morning News and Work Site 85. He was also an MC of Teenager Special. In 1986, he was an anchor of 0 o’clock News and Here is MBC. He was an MC of Health 100years. In 1987, he became an anchor of the MBC Newsdesk on weekends until 1989. In 1989, he was an anchor of News Center and an MC of Scholarship Quiz. In 1990, he became an anchor of the Evening News. In 1992, he joined the MBC labor union. After he was arrested, he drew attention by speaking, “Do not change what you think is right. Keep your principle before you die.” He had driven to the leader of the union, so he and some of his colleagues were imprisoned in Yeongdeungpo detention center. In 1993, he came back with being an MC of Making Morning, Choice, Saturday is Good, and Opening a Dawn.[2] In 1994, he was an anchor of News Wide and a MC of Jazz Concert in the Midsummer Night and 1994 MBC Riverside Music Festival. He was also a DJ of Morning opened by Sohn. In 1995, he was an anchor of <MBC News Today>. In 1996, he was an MC of Police, Finding Suspects. In 1997, he was an anchor of <Good Morning, Korea> and a MC of Sohn Suk-hee's Adventure to America. In 1999, he was an anchor of Morning News 2000. In 2000, he was a MC of 2000 Today. He also emceed FM radio named Sohn Suk-hee's Focus until 2013. He was a MC of Wow! e Wonderful World[3] and Media Criticism in 2001. He emceed MBC 100 minute Debate, which is one of the most popular TV programs in Korea from 2002 to 2009. In 2010, he narrated the documentary Lion Queen.

On May 9, 2013, Sohn Suk-hee was named the new president of JTBC’s news reporting department. And he said that officially, “I know there is opposition to my choice. But I hope people can wait for me to carry out what I have been contemplating about true journalism. I will do my best to let them understand it in the future.”[4]

At JTBC[edit]

Hong suk hyun said JTBC could succeed after several attempts to recruit him. He said that he want JTBC to be the broadcast to have a most talented person. He said Sohn Suk-hee was a man he could find who can broadcast very fair. Later, and Sohn suk-hee said trust him and he’ll do everything he can. On May 9, 2013, a report was made that Sohn move to the comprehensive channel JTBC. JTBC has decided to assume the presidency of the press. In an interview with Sisa IN, he said “The tone would be different from the JoongAng Ilbo. As long as I have the full power of the press section, it seems to me that I will do my job”. From September 16, 2013, the news that JTBC News 9 will be performed solely is on the news, which means he will be the sole anchor of JTBC News 9. In 2014 January 1, for the new year special edition, he led the discussion in 4 years. In 2013, JTBC News boasted an overwhelming number[clarification needed] of reporters than the three terrestrial broadcasters in relation to the press evaluation of the intervention of the National Intelligence Service. On April 16, 2014, JTBC News 9 reported the Sinking of MV Sewol, and the story came out. While he was interviewing with safety expert, when the expert said it was hard to make air into the ship was hard, Sohn couldn’t say any word. After the interview he was still in a choked voice. Also, in April 21 when he was interviewing the family of missing person, a missing person was found dead and the interview was finished, he gulp down tears. From April 24 to April 29 2014, JTBC News 9 was conducted locally in Peng Mok Port, Jindo, Jeollanam-do, to report on the disaster. It was well received as news that it hurts the families of the missing people. This led to national interest and trust, and recorded audience ratings close to terrestrial broadcasters. On September 22, 2014, JTBC News 9 was reorganized into the JTBC Newsroom.

Participication in a Strike[edit]

There was a famous reporting program of MBC named <PD’s note>. In 1992, MBC cancelled an episode of <PD’s note> which was about a prediction about a collapse of rural economy which was caused by 1992 Uruguay Round. MBC cancelled it because a CEO of MBC who wanted the ruling party to rule continuously, estimated that the episode would bring disadvantage to the ruling party at next presidential election. Through this event, many journalists of MBC decided to go on a strike to clamour for transition of MBC to an impartial broadcasting company, and Sohn Suk-hee was one of them. The strike had lasted 52 days, and Sohn Suk-hee was arrested for leading the strike and was detained in Yeongdeungpo detention center with several of his colleagues during the strike.

Famous Saying[edit]

Sohn Suk-hee left many famous saying. Following sentences are the most famous things of them.

1.“Only the ones who have Critical mind can find out a problem, and only the ones who find out a problem can raise the problem, and a problem is only solved when someone raises the problem.”

2.“If it is in accordance with common sense, don’t change it. Don’t go against the principle and go forward for life.”

3.“If a priest gives some bread to the poor, he will receive praise, but if he tells people why they can’t help being poor, he will be accused of the Reds.”

4.“We will make our news program scares the strong and be scared by the weak.”

5.“Do your best while you are making choices. and you have to prove that your choice was right. Try your best to prove it at any cost in proper way.”

6.“There is still an unsloved question ‘why’. We all have the question ‘why’, and we don’t know the question’s answer yet, but if we don’t know it to the end, the tragedy will be continued. We will focus on finding the answer.”

Current Condition[edit]

He is a news chief of JTBC. Also, he is an anchor of a news program named “News Room.” He married Shin hyun sook whose job is an announcer. He has two sons, Sohn Gu Yong and Sohn Gu Min. He has been picked to the most convincing journalist in surveys that <Current Affairs IN> does since 2007, when <Current Affairs IN> started their surveys.His news program was also picked to the most convincing news program in a survey targeting 1000 adults live in Korea. It was because his news program earned a lot of credit while they were reporting about Sewol ferry affair and about Choi Soon-sil gate.


Year Organization Position
2013.05 ~ JTBC President, JTBC News Division
2011.01 Prosecutor's Office Prosecutor's Office prosecutor Policy Advisory Council
2006.03 Sungshin Women's University College of Humanities Department of Culture Communication Professor
2005 ~ 2006.02 MBC Director of Bureau of Announcer
2004 Yonsei University Department of Journalism Adjunct Professor
2003 MBC Director treat of Bureau of announcer Part.1
2002.03 ~ 2003 MBC Director of Bureau of announcer Part.2
2000.09 Sungkyunkwan University Department of Journalism Adjunct Professor
1999.04 ~ 2002.03 MBC Deputy head of Department of Bureau of announcer
1997.04 ~ 1999.04 MBC Deputy head treat of Department of Bureau of announcer
1989.11 ~ 1992.10 MBC Director of department of education and culture in Union, Assistant administrator of External Relations

Books written[edit]

<Song of a Grass Cricket> Publisher: yeoksabipyoungsa 1993.11.30 298page Type: autobiography

Famous Anecdotes[edit]

Interview with Brigitte Bardot(2001.11.26)[edit]

Brigitte Bardot had been criticizing Korea for eating dog meat. And Sohn Suk-hee tried to have a telephone interview with Brigitte Bardot to talk about dog eating culture. But while the interview, Brigitte Bardot said some controversial statement, and unilaterally hung up the phone. Later, he said “That interview was the only interview which I pinched my interviewee.”

Report about “Odaeyang mass suicide case”(1987.08.29)[edit]

Sohn Suk-hee reported “Odaeyang mass suicide case” on 08.29.1987. It was an unresolved case. So he had to report “Odaeyang group death case” but he had reported “Odaeyang group murder case“. So It became an issue. On 04.22.2014, in the interview with Sohn Suk-hee, Jung Dong-sub, who is a university professor, said that “Odaeyang mass suicide case” is not a suicide case but a murder case. And afterwards Sohn Suk-hee said “That was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my career as a reporter. I made my own decision and reported my opinion like it was a fact. Yet, I think I might have made a predicted report if the truth of “Odaeyang mass suicide case” is murder.”

Labor Union group Strike at MBC[edit]

Sohn Suk-hee participated in MBC Labor Union group Strike. He took the lead of the strike and was arrested because of the strike. The strike happened because MBC canceled all the broadcasting which are negative to the Ruling party.

Wrong Report with Pangyo Techno Valley festival ventilation collapse accident(10.17.2014)[edit]

Sohn Suk-hee started JTBC News at 8:00 pm at 2014.10.17 with the following anchorage. "During the performance of a girl group at the Techno Valley in Seongnam Pangyo in Gyeonggi Province, 25 people were crashed when the vents collapsed. Unfortunately, most of them were students." But there were No students on the vents. Son Seok – hee Reported wrong. On October 14, 2015, JTBC quoted an editorial in the New York Times and reported on criticizing state textbooks. The editorial of the NYT was reported on October 12, 15, but the actual date is January 13, 14. In other words, it was reported as if it was written recently one year ago. Although it is true that the report itself is true, it is not a serious mistake, but it is a key point that the New York Times reported that the New York Times mistakenly published the related editorial during the controversy. This article was deleted from the homepage the day after the report, and when the lawmaker Hahn Tae - kyung of. JTBC President Jong - ju Jong - joo acknowledged the misunderstanding that he was a ridiculous mistake not keeping ABC coverage" during the investigation, but said he did not know it was an oboe on the day of the broadcast.

Anchor Briefing with Hong Seok-hyun(3.20.2017)[edit]

JTBC chairman, was leaving the country and reported that he could run for the presidential election or act as an assistant. In the process, it was revealed that former President Hong was an assistant to the Chief of the Office of Chun Doo Hwan in the past, and he was unable to check directly The controversy over the manipulation of the subtitles that occurred on the weekend was done by Hong Seok-hyun, and there was a speculation that the president of Song Seok-hee is doing a so-called power game with the Hong- Sohn Seok-hee, who has tried to build up politics and politics on this issue, referred to journalism as an anchor briefing on the 20th. The anchor briefing on this day is considered to be a declaration of propaganda against the Hong Suk - hyun line, and it is expected that the power game of in - house politics will be watched in the future.


  1. ^ "Regulator looks to punish Sohn Suk-hee for 'unfair report'". The Korea Herald. 2013-11-29. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Announcer Sohn Suk-hee returned to MBC". Yonhap News. 1994-10-12. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Sohn Suk-hee emcees <Wow! e Wonderful World>". Kukmin Ilbo. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  4. ^ "JTBC chooses news chief". Sports KyungHwang. Retrieved 12 May 2013.