Human resources: The game show

Contestants on television game show in Argentina vie for the chance for a very different grand prize: A job in the battered South American economy
||Last Updated: 04/10/2003

The top-rated game show in Argentina isn’t “Survivor” or the smash hit “American Idol.” It’s a new show called “Human Resources.”

In Argentina, where economic collapse has 53 per cent of the population living below the poverty line, the dream is a little more humble. Contestants on “Human Resources”, the most popular new show in the South American country, compete for a very different grand prize — a job.

A recent show had the job of a janitor in a gym up for grabs. Depending on the job being offered, up to 1,000 people turn up for the preselection, which gives free publicity to the company offering the job.