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120 Million Won Fine Imposed on Mnet’s ‘Produce 101’ Series Following Vote Manipulation Scandal

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The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) has decided to impose a 120 million won fine on Mnet’s Produce 101 series.

It is important to  This is the KCSC’s highest level of sanction possible.

Following the finale of “Produce X 101” in July 2019, the show came under fire for apparent rigging of viewers’ paid votes that determined the final group lineup. An investigation uncovered evidence of vote manipulation in each of the four seasons of the show. 

The KCSC decided on a fine of 30 million won for each of the four Produce 101 seasons. These include Produce 101, Produce 101 Season 2, Produce 48, and Produce X 101. According to current broadcasting law, 30 million won each is the highest fine that the KCSC can impose on shows. It has been a year since the vote manipulation scandal that shrouded the once-popular Produce 101 series.

According to the Korea Communications Standards Commission, “The audience and participants were the clear victims of this scandal. In addition, this shines a light on the fact that the broadcasting company (Mnet) did not have protocols to verify the numbers, even though nearly four years of vote manipulation. This is a grave issue.” 

In May, producing director Ahn Joon Young, chief producer Kim Yong Bum, and six entertainment agency representatives were sentenced for charges. Ahn Joon Young and Kim Yong Bum, as well as the prosecution, have appealed the sentences, and the second trial is still going on.

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