CJ ENM “We apologize for the rigging of ‘Produce’, IZ*ONE and X1 to resume activities… 30 billion won will be paid in compensation”
CJ ENM’s statement:
“Hello. This is CJ ENM’s CEO Heo Min Heoi.
First of all, I bow my head in apology for causing much disappointment to everyone with the series of incidents related to Mnet. It is especially heartbreaking to think about the pain received by the many trainees who poured in all their passion just to achieve the dream of debuting. I am very apologetic.
I also feel apologetic beyond words to the fans and viewers who took valuable time to support the program through means such as text voting.
Without any excuses, this incident is our fault. I feel strong responsibility as the CEO. I once again apologize.
Thinking about the pain and disappointment that you have received, I know that no actions will be enough.. However, we plan on doing everything we can to at least correct mistakes now and heal the wounds of the victims.
First of all, regarding the trainees who received harm due to ranking manipulation of Mnet’s audition program including the “Produce 101” series, we will take complete responsibility and compensate them. In addition to definite financial compensation, we will take the necessary measures to support their future activities and provide practical damage relief through in-depth discussion with relevant individuals.
All profits that have been received by Mnet through manipulated programs, along with the profits that will be received in the future, will be given up. We expect that a fund of about 30 billion won (approximately $25.9 million) can be developed as a result. This fund will be operated by an external independent organization and will be used for the active development of the music industry and continuous growth of K-pop.
Regarding the specific plans of the fund operation, they will be announced once the details are finalized.
Necessary actions to strengthen the fairness and transparency of broadcasts will also be taken quickly.
A Viewer Committee, including individuals such as external content experts, will be installed, and the production processes of programs will be transparent. In addition, the internal broadcasting code of ethics will be renewed, and training on this will be intensified.
Through this, we will thoroughly check if there are wrong actions taking place like normal practices or basic morals being given up in exchange for viewership ratings, and we will correct them.
Regarding the matters that are currently under investigation, we promise to diligently cooperate with the investigative agencies until not even a single suspicion remains. Depending on the result, we will take strict internal measures as necessary.
We are fully responsible for this incident. We will also provide all possible support for the IZ*ONE and X1 members to resume activities. Considering the emotional pain and pressure that the members are experiencing along with the opinions of many fans who support the resumption of their activities, we will work to continuously discuss plans for IZ*ONE and X1 to be able to resume activities as soon as possible. As mentioned previously, Mnet will give up all profits gained through the future activities of the two groups.
Furthermore, we will quickly carry out specific compensation for damages for everyone who has been harmed due to this incident. This incident is our fault and not the fault of the artists who debuted or of the trainees. We earnestly request that everyone will help protect them together so there will be no more victims. We once again sincerely apologize to the many people who cherish and love Mnet.” cr
original post: naver
1. [+6032, -461] And the agencies that rigged need to give up their profits too… Not the members, but the agencies…
2. [+6331, -1947] We want CJ to pay reasonable compensation to the trainees in the “Produce” series who have been affected by the incident. We also hope that you will take legal action against the spread of rumors and s*xual harassment against the innocent members of IZ*ONE and X1, while ensuring that their future activities get back to normal.
3. [+6893, -3482] Are you saying that rigged members are gonna stay and continue promoting?ㅋㅋ Daebak
4. [+4550, -2906] You’re giving up your future profitsㄷㄷ I understand your sincerity at this point. I hope you’ll continue to act with certainty in the future.
5. [+3005, -1604] No, but what about the poor kids who are the victims? Am I the only one who doesn’t understand? No, just because they have fans we’re supposed to just accept this?
6. [+2396, -1441] Damnㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ The rigged members and their agencies still make moneyㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I wonder how we know whether you pay the compensation to the victims or not?
7. [+4138, -3316] X1, IZ*ONE you must’ve had a hard time. Let’s fly high now!!
8. [+1729, -943] Does it make sense that a member that rigged is still staying in the group? You have to take that member out.. They need to bear the consequences of their crimes and not reward them with more fame and money. CJ really goes to the end of immorality… disband the group!
9. [+1134, -427] I wish a bright future for idols and trainees who have suffered from this.