The police has confirmed that they’ve begun investigating whether or not KBS’s “Music Bank” manipulated Lim Young Woong’s controversial broadcast rating that in the end led to his loss.
Earlier this month, “Music Bank” was swept up in controversy when the music present gave Lim Young Woong a broadcast rating of 0 factors on its May 13 episode. The candidates for first place have been Lim Young Woong’s “If We Ever Met Again” and LE SSERAFIM’s “FEARLESS,” and whereas Lim Young Woong’s music outperformed LE SSERAFIM’s by far by way of digital efficiency and album gross sales, LE SSERAFIM in the end took the win as a result of big hole of their broadcast scores.
As “Music Bank” rankings are decided 60 % by digital scores, 20 % by broadcast scores, 10 % by viewer panel surveys, 5 % by bodily album gross sales, and 5 % by social media scores, Lim Young Woong’s fan membership demanded that KBS clarify how a music that was overwhelmingly within the lead based mostly on digital scores might fall to second place due solely to its broadcast rating.
Initially, “Music Bank” responded to the complaints by explaining that “If We Ever Meet Again” acquired a broadcast rating of 0 factors as a result of it was not performed on any KBS TV packages, radio packages, or digital content material through the monitoring week of May 2 to eight. However, Dispatch quickly printed a report stating that Lim Young Woong’s “If We Ever Meet Again” had, in actual fact, been performed a number of occasions on KBS radio stations throughout that monitoring week.
In response to Dispatch’s report, “Music Bank” said, “The radio broadcast score is calculated using only seven KBS Cool FM radio programs. Aside from these seven programs, other [KBS radio] programs do not factor into our scores.”
As allegations of rigging continued to develop, a civilian ultimately filed a grievance with South Korea’s Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission accusing “Music Bank” of tampering with Lim Young Woong’s broadcast rating.
On May 29, the police confirmed that the Yeongdeungpo Police Station in Seoul had acquired the grievance and had begun investigating the case.
“As the allegations have not yet been confirmed, we currently plan to investigate by speaking to the complainants and more,” said the police. “If the allegations of manipulation are found to be true, we will switch to a full-scale investigation.”
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