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Broadcasting Commission Punishes Controversial Programs

2005/08/12 Source

The Korean Broadcasting Commission (KBC) handed out its strongest punishment ever to two television programs for airing controversial scenes in recent weeks.

The commission ruled Thursday that the producers of MBC's live music show, "Music Camp", and KBS's sitcom, "Old Miss Diary - Drama", should be disciplined by their respective networks, which were also ordered to make official apologies to viewers. In addition, the offending episodes have been banned from rebroadcast and retransmission.

On the July 30 live telecast of "Music Camp", two rock musicians suddenly dropped their pants during a performance, leading to the musicians' arrest and the cancellation of the show.

"Old Miss Diary" created controversy on July 27 when it featured a scene in which a female character slapped her mother-in-law in the face.

"By telecasting live the indecent exposure of musicians, the program failed to carry out its responsibilities operating under a major TV network, provided a negative influence on societal values, and violated rules regarding sexual expression", said an official from KBC in regard to "Music Camp".

As for "Old Miss Diary - Drama", KBC said that despite the program's original intention of raising social awareness about the elderly and minorities, by broadcasting the improper scene, it failed to respect the values of family and community and violated broadcasting ethics.

KBS will be required to broadcast an official apology to viewers just before airing "Old Miss Diary - Drama" on Tuesday. As "Music Camp" has been cancelled, its official apology will be shown before the airing of its replacement program, "MBC Special". The networks are also required to report to the commission on the punishments they will hand down to the employees at fault within a week.

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