President Park Geun-hye named a former television anchor as her new spokesman Wednesday, her chief press secretary said.
Min Kyung-wook, a former anchor for public broadcaster KBS, was chosen as "the right person" to convey the president's administrative philosophy to the public based on his rich experience working in the media, including as a former correspondent to Washington, senior presidential press secretary Lee Jung-hyun said.
Min replaces Kim Haing, who resigned at the end of last year, citing her need to take a break. Prior to his appointment, Min headed the culture desk at KBS.
"I believe that communicating with the public is none other than communicating with all of you, and as I have been a journalist for a long time, I hope to be able to help enhance (the president's) communication with the public by working in harmony with journalists," Min told reporters following Lee's announcement.
Asked about his previous ties to Park, he said, "Think of it as my relationship with President Obama. I know (her) well, but I've never met (her)."
He then added, "She briefly visited when I was a correspondent in Washington. I asked her a question, but it was such a stupid question that I remember she didn't even answer. Other than that, I have no other ties to her. When she was a presidential candidate, I did interview her as a news presenter." (Yonhap News)