Japanese TV apologizes over filming of Kim Yu-na
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Japanese TV apologizes over filming of Kim Yu-na

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Japanese network apologized to Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na on Friday for broadcasting footage of her without permission.

The move came days after All That Sports accused NTV of airing footage of Kim shot secretly during a training session in Los Angeles and demanded an on-air apology.

Director Koo Hee-sung said that NTV faxed a formal letter of apology to her management agency on Thursday.

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South Korea's Yu-Na Kim performs in the Ladies Free Skating Program, at the Bercy stadium, during the Bompard Figure Skating Trophy, in Paris Saturday Nov. 18, 2006. Pic: AP.

“We acknowledge that we filmed Miss Yuna Kim at a training facility in LA without your pre-approval. We are very sorry for this incident,” NTV said in the letter. “Please accept our apology to All That Sports and Miss Yuna Kim.”

The Japanese network also promised “every effort is being made to ensure that such problems will never recur.”

Koo said Kim’s agency accepted the apology, though reiterated that the agency will deny access to Kim for NTV during interviews and news conferences if similar incidents recur.

In Tokyo, NTV spokesman Kenji Chikata confirmed that his company sent a letter of apology to Kim’s agency and promised to get permission to take footage from now on.

“We have been told that they understood our letter and have not heard back since,” Chikata said.

Chikata also said that the footage was shot in a public rink, was not taken secretly and that no hidden cameras were used.

Kim won the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics, but lost the world championship title to longtime Japanese rival Mao Asada a month later.

Kim and Asada are expected to face off again at the next worlds in Tokyo in March.