tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Weather Update 1200 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358100&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, Seoul and surrounding areas are under overcast skies. Showers have temporarily stopped in most regions, but will start up again later this afternoon. Between 5 to 30 millimeters of rain is forecast for parts of Gyeonggi, Gangwon and North Chungcheong Province. Make sure to grab an umbrella before heading outdoors. Temperatures will be similar to yesterday, with highs ranging from 21 to 30 degrees. The local mercury will peak at 26 degrees. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201906191215+0900 Google, Facebook May Increase Fees For Services In S. Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358073&typ_800=J Foreign tech giants like Google and Facebook are expected to increase their subscription and advertisement fees for South Korea following the government's decision to slap value added taxes on the companies. A revision to the VAT Act that is set to take effect next month calls for imposing a 10 percent VAT on foreign tech firms, including YouTube, Amazon Web Services and Airbnb. Once implemented, the companies are likely to shift costs directly onto consumers. The revision was made to level the playing field for local and foreign companies and monitor the revenue of foreign companies doing business in the country.■ Claudia Kim 201906191214+0900 China's Xi Vows To Help Resolve Korean Peninsula Issues http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358099&typ_800=U [Anchor] Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to back North Korea's efforts to resolve Korean Peninsula issues. Xi made the pledge in a rare op-ed piece that ran in the North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper today on the eve of his first state visit to Pyongyang. Julie Sohn has more. [Reporter] In the front-page op-ed, President Xi said Beijing will actively contribute to regional peace and stability by strengthening communication, dialogue and coordination with North Korea. He also said China supports North Korea resolving its "reasonable issues of concern" through dialogue," apparently referring to the North's demand for step-by-step nuclear disarmament and sanctions relief. Seoul's top nuclear negotiator, Lee Do-hoon, said in Washington on Tuesday that Xi's visit will contribute to the resumption of nuclear talks between the U.S. and the North. The Chinese president made the comments a day before he is set to visit Pyongyang on Thursday and Friday at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years. Some view his remarks as another indication that China may use its influence over the North as a bargaining chip in its intensifying trade war with the U.S. Julie Sohn, eFM News.■ Julie Sohn 201906191210+0900 Seoul City, Chicken Franchises Team Up To Cut Disposables http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358097&typ_800=O The Seoul Metropolitan Government and popular fried chicken franchises in the capital have agreed to work together to curb the use of disposable packaging. The city said it is teaming up with Kyochon F&B, Kkanbu, BHC and four others. Under the joint project, the franchises will try to phase down their use of disposable products for delivery orders, such as wooden chopsticks and plastic bags, and run related awareness campaigns.■ Hyeryeon Chung 201906191209+0900 BTS' Global Stadium Tour Grosses $79 Mln: Billboard http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358098&typ_800=I K-pop sensation BTS has sold more than 606,000 tickets on its global stadium tour "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself." According to Billboard and figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, the results are "staggering" as the South Korean megastars grossed 44 million dollars from six shows that started in the U.S. in May and earned an additional 35 million dollars with shows in Europe and South America through June 8th. BTS will continue its stadium tour in two Japanese cities next month. The Hyundai Research Institute, a Seoul-based economic think tank, said in a recent report that the group's agency, Big Hit Entertainment, is estimated to have become a unicorn startup with a valuation of 1 billion dollars or more.■ Rosyn Park 201906191206+0900 Investigation Into Danube Boat Collision Likely To Be Prolonged http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358064&typ_800=N The investigation into the deadly tour boat sinking on the Danube River in Hungary is expected to be drawn-out due to an extensive amount of evidence that needs to be reviewed. Police in Budapest said Tuesday that it secured 2 terabytes of data from the Viking Sigyn cruise ship that collided with the smaller Hableany tour boat, killing 23 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members. Seven people survived the accident while three are still missing. Police revealed that the captain of the cruise ship, the only suspect in the case so far, tested negative for drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident on May 29th.■ Julie Sohn 201906191132+0900 San Francisco Set To Become First US City To Ban E-Cigarettes http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358066&typ_800=M San Francisco is moving to become the first city in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes. The city's board of supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of a measure to stop the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completes a review of the effects of e-cigarettes on public health. They also supported a ban on manufacturing e-cigarettes on city property as they move to crack down on teen vaping. The introduced measures will require a final vote before becoming law. Since 2014, e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among young people in the United States and last year, according to a government survey, 1 in 5 high school students reported vaping in the previous month.■ Rosyn Park 201906191022+0900 Seoul Stocks In Midday Trade http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358065&typ_800=Z Turning to the local bourse, stocks in Seoul are trading _______ at this hour. As of noon, the benchmark KOPSI was up/down/flat _____ percent at _______ while the tech-heavy KOSDAQ was up/down/flat _____ percent at _______. The Korean currency was trading at _______ won against the U.S. greenback, up/down/unchanged _____ won from yesterday's close.■1,186 Rosyn Park 201906190938+0900 Weather Update 900 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358063&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, heavy clouds continue to linger over most regions. An umbrella will come in handy today. Seoul, Gyeonggi, Gangwon and North Chungcheong Province will get sporadic showers in the morning and evening hours. Areas in the Jeolla and Gyeongsang provinces will also get rain later tonight. Temperatures, meanwhile, will peak in the mid to high 20s in most parts. Seoul will hit 26, Gwangju 29 and Daegu 30. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Rosyn Park 201906190935+0900 Weather Update 700 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358042&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, heavy clouds are lingering over most regions on this Wednesday morning. Seoul, Gyeonggi, Gangwon and North Chungcheong Province are forecast to get sporadic showers in the morning and evening hours. Areas in the Jeolla and Gyeongsang provinces will also get some rain later tonight. An umbrella will come in handy today. Temperatures will peak in the mid to high 20s in most parts. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Rosyn Park 201906190726+0900 S. Korea's Top Nuclear Envoy In US For Talks On N. Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358051&typ_800=N South Korea's top nuclear negotiator has arrived in the U.S. for talks on North Korea and recent developments on the peninsula. Upon arrival at Washington Dulles International Airport on Tuesday, Lee Do-hoon, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, said the biggest issue right now on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the early resumption of negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang. He added that Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the North this week will contribute to the revival of negotiations while U.S. President Donald Trump's trip to Seoul at the end of this month will hopefully add a "synergy effect." During his four-day visit, Lee is expected to hold talks with his counterpart Stephen Biegun and other U.S. officials to discuss ways to accelerate the resumption of dialogue.■ Claudia Kim 201906190723+0900 Trump Confirms Xi Meeting At G-20 Amid Trade War http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358054&typ_800=M U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed he will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week at the Group of 20 Osaka Summit. In a tweet Tuesday, Trump said he had a "very good" telephone conversation with Xi and that trade talks with China would resume prior to their extended meeting. The White House said in a statement that the two leaders discussed "leveling the playing field" for U.S. farmers, workers, and businesses through a "fair and reciprocal" economic relationship. The announcement has raised hopes the world's top economies will reach a truce after exchanging steep tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in exports.■ Julie Sohn 201906190722+0900 Powerful Earthquake Hits Northwestern Japan http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358053&typ_800=M A powerful magnitude 6.7 quake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning along the coast that was lifted some two hours later. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the temblor struck the western coast of Yamagata at 10:22 p.m. at a depth of 14 kilometers. According to the Nuclear Regulation Authority, all reactors at a nuclear plant in Niigata were off line and no abnormalities were reported while two other nuclear power plants in the affected region were also intact. Japanese authorities said thousands of homes lost electrical power and bullet train services were suspended, but there were no reports of serious injuries or damage.■ Claudia Kim 201906190722+0900 US Stocks Rally On G-20 Hopes, Dovish Fed Remarks http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358052&typ_800=M Stocks on Wall Street rallied Tuesday on upbeat comments on trade from the U.S. and China ahead of the G-20 summit and over statements from the European Central Bank hinting at an interest rate cut. At closing bell, the Dow Jones and the tech-rich Nasdaq both added 1.4 percent while the S&P 500 climbed 1 percent. Over in Europe, London's FTSE advanced 1.2 percent, Frankfurt's DAX gained 2 percent and shares in Paris jumped up 2.2 percent.■ Claudia Kim 201906190722+0900 Moon To Host Dinner For S. Korea's U-20 Squad http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2358050&typ_800=N President Moon Jae-in will host South Korea's Under-20 World Cup team at Cheong Wa Dae tonight. Moon has invited the young football players and staff to the presidential office to celebrate their runner-up finish at the U-20 World Cup in Poland, the country's highest finish at any FIFA men's tournament. While having dinner with the team, the president is expected to offer words of encouragement and praise their performance, including head coach Chung Jung-yong and midfielder Lee Kang-in, who won the Golden Ball Award at the competition.■ Julie Sohn 201906190722+0900