The production team of KBS 2TV’s “Music Bank” received a decision of “not guilty” in an investigation by the police over allegations of manipulating the broadcast score of singer Lim Young Woong.
According to the police, the Seoul Yeongdeungpo police department issued a decision of “not guilty” along with the closure of the case on the PD of Music Bank, Mr. A, on the 9th, who was accused of obstructing business.
Previously in May of 2022, there has been some discourse going around after KBS’s “Music Bank” awarded LE SSERAFIM over Lim Young Woong on May 13th broadcast. Netizens argued the scoring didn’t make any sense for a variety of reasons including the fact that he was awarded zero in one of the categories. For context, Lim Young Woong’s has a huge dedicated fanbase in South Korea, he has sold over a million copies of his recent album and is charting high on Korean music charts.
To add to the controversy, Dispatch came out with a detailed report questioning the validity of the scoring system.
Netizens didn’t like the explanation, and on the 20th, it was reported that a netizen had actually filed a complaint with the Korea Communications Standards Commission and the National Police Agency regarding the issue asking for an investigation. As a result, KBS was investigated by police.
Music Bank calculates its rankings by summing up digital song (60% of total score), broadcast frequency (20%), viewer preference (10%), album (5%), and social media (5%) scores. Fans of Im Young-woong pointed out that it was difficult to understand why he received 0 points in the broadcast frequency score. It was claimed that Lim Young Woong song was played during the KBS radio score collection period.
KBS stated that they did not manipulate the scores and that the song was not broadcast during the ranking counting period from 2 to 8.
The police concluded that there was no score manipulation. A police official stated that the confusion was due to the general audience misunderstanding the broadcasting scheduling system.