Its pretty common for the news to give information about bad happenings in any industry, particulaly entertainment. I found a blog post about what its like working on production and the mistreatment that happens behind the scenes.
This is interesting, sageuk--thanks for posting it. The comments about a drama just suddenly turning from promising into bad, they weren't talking so much about daily dramas but it totally made me think of A Tale of Two Sisters, the daily drama I followed. That thing started out with a lot of promise but suddenly made a completely wrong turn and laid one egg after another the rest of the way. Maybe the issues in this video explain it.
I found the article and video very interesting too. They made me think about the other side to the K drama world that I didn't even give a thought to before. But I have to say the article and the video didn't address one thing that could explain why the Korean actors and crew behave the way they do - the Korean culture.
When you see in a K drama a girl give up her true love to marry into a wealthy family to support her own poor family it's not solely for melodramatic effect - this does happen in real life. The Korean culture values family over individual. This is reflected everywhere in Korea. The most obvious example is in how the order of one's name is used. Unlike in the western world, Korean family name comes first and then the individual name. (Let's say my name is Jewel Lee. In Korea, I would be called Lee Jewel.) That's because they believe the family is more important than the individual, that family should always come before the one person.
It is the same way in the work force. Koreans believe company should come before employees and that employees should sacrifice their individual comforts for the good of the company. Who benefits? - the company of course. But employees believe what's good for the company is ultimately good for the employees.
What I read in the article and saw in the video were sad and made me feel they tainted my feelings for the K dramas I love. But on the other hand, the Koreans themselves might not think this is such a huge issue as we think over here.
I can't stand EYK but put my disdain aside for this video. I think the problem is folks involved in Korean entertainment are overworked and (production) companies try to get by on the cheap.
EYK mentioned actress Han Ye Seul. Ye Seul complained about working conditions during filming for the KBS drama Spy Myung-Wol back in 2011. She was made out to be the bad guy in the media and ended up having to apologize to everyone.
Also, Kdrama fans don't realize that if a drama isn't a hit, the staff isn't likely to get paid. There have been cases of actors giving up their paychecks so the staff can get paid.
EYK might have started out with good intentions but they've been far more concerned with getting clicks than the quality of the content on their site/videos for a while now. Not quite to level of garbage sites like Allkpop and Koreaboo but close.