Hong Kong News Anchors Face Consequences for Dancing to Jisoo's 'Flower'

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Several news anchors in Hong Kong have faced disciplinary measures after their involvement in a dance challenge during a news broadcast, which featured K-pop group Blackpink member Jisoo's song "Flower," according to reports. The incident gained widespread attention when senior anchors and newscasters expressed their disapproval of the participants.

The viral trend known as the Flower Challenge took off following the release of Jisoo's solo debut album, titled "Me," with the track gaining significant traction on various social media platforms.

However, the seemingly innocent challenge took an unfortunate turn when a group of female news anchors from Cable TV News performed a dance routine to the song as a way to celebrate their last day on air. One of the participants, Yanna Yu, shared the cover on her Instagram account, accompanied by the caption:

"Not a professional cover. We’re five flowers that only practised on this day. But the heels are really noisy."

This video caught the attention of the Chairperson of the Committee on Review of Public Service Broadcasting and former General Assistant Manager, Raymond Wong. He expressed his disappointment by leaving a comment on the post, stating:

"A true disgrace to the craft of journalism!"

Furthermore, reports indicate that Wong also sent an email to the Director of the channel, wherein he emphasized the professionalism and seriousness required in gathering information and reporting news. He reminded the team that Cable TV News's professional reputation had been established through collective effort and should not be compromised by individual actions. Wong's email read:

"From gathering information to reporting news, the job is professional and serious. The professional image of Cable TV News was built up by hard work from everyone in the department and maintained by everyone’s persistence.

I hope everyone understands that the department is a single entity. There’s no individual vs. group. Your actions represent ‘Cable TV News.’ I hope everyone works together and be cautious with your words and actions.

The newsroom is the core of the news department and has symbolic value. Everyone should utilize its function and bring the quickest, newest, and most professional news reports to the viewers, and not treat it as a stage for fun and games."

Following this incident, the video was promptly removed, and it has been revealed that the news anchors' contracts with their new employers have been put on hold until further notice due to the consequences arising from this situation.

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