Head of Korean Film Council resigns

Kang Han-seop assumed his position in May 2008

HONG KONG -- Korea's minister of culture said Wednesday that he has accepted the resignation of Kang Han-seop, head of the Korean Film Council.

Han and Kofic were severely criticized in a government audit published June 19, with the organization receiving an E grade, the lowest of any public body. Kang offered his resignation the following day, but minister Yu In-chon took a couple of weeks to consult the industry before accepting.

Kang only took up the job in May 2008, but was soon accused of trying to impose conservative political views on the industry and ran into dispute with Kofic staff unions. Until a successor is found, the role will be filled by his deputy Shim Sang-min.