NBC apologizes to Koreans for Japan comment


Mr Ramo described Japan as a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945 but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation. "But every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation".

Ramo made the comment after noting that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in attendance. The statement specifically apologized to Koreans who had been "insulted" by Ramo's comments.

USA broadcaster NBC apologized to South Korea's winter Games organizing committee on Sunday after a commentator offended locals during coverage of the opening ceremony by straying into the sensitive issue of Japan-South Korean relations.

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Unfortunately for NBC, Ramo displayed a shocking ignorance of Korean history and got the entire nation of South Korea enraged at some of his comments.

NBC didn't catch the mind-boggling gaffe despite broadcasting the opening ceremonies on tape in the United States - 14 hours after it happened.

The Korea Times is reporting that Ramo has been removed from his role as Olympics commentator, according to an "NBC Sports spokesperson" who refused to be named.

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"Any reasonable person familiar with the history of Japanese imperialism, and the atrocities it committed before and during WWII, would find such statement deeply hurtful and outrageous", the petition reads while flatly rejecting the analyst's remarks. They also criticized the accuracy of giving Japan credit for South Korea's resurgence.

It didn't take long before an online petition was started, which was signed by 12,500 people by Sunday evening.

NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp, is the exclusive USA broadcaster of the Olympics and is producing more than 2,400 hours of coverage over 18 days from Pyeongchang.

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Ramo, a former journalist at Time magazine, is co-CEO at Kissinger Associates and had been hired temporarily by NBC to bring historical context to its coverage.

The network had no real explanation for the insane comment other than to say sorry.

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