September 1, MBC’s “Real Story Eye” released an official statement in which they expressed regret at recent media coverage depicting the broadcasting station as abusers of power. Previously, “Real Story Eye” came under fire for filming the funeral of Song Sun Mi’s husband.
Here is what MBC said:
“‘Real Story Eye,’ for the past three years and six months, has worked alongside outside production companies to create a current events program that upholds the public’s interests and people’s right to be informed. Because of this program’s speed and depth of coverage, we do our best to prevent the various issues that may arise post-broadcast, and, more than any other program created through outside production, MBC has actively carried out pre-broadcast reviews for ‘Real Story Eye.’
“We feel deeply regretful that a certain group has denounced our efforts to preempt issues prior to broadcast by calling what we did ‘unfair abuse of power.’ Moreover, we find it very concerning that the situation was not confirmed with the production company in question or the CP in charge prior to reports; instead, one-sided claims were spread in the media.
“Recently, the controversy around the filming of the funeral of Song Sun Mi’s husband was also reported on without the truth being confirmed with Song Sun Mi’s side or the production company in question. The claims that MBC ordered the production company to film the funeral depite lack of permission and that MBC pushed the blame onto the production company are not true. Following the broadcast, MBC responded to viewer feedback that the footage was difficult to watch as well as Song Sun Mi’s family’s requests to take it down and immediately deleted the footage from reruns. MBC also expressed regret at what happened, taking every measure we could to appropriately respond to the situation.
“Ahead of the MBC strike, we cannot help but to be suspicious of the intentions of the ‘Real Story Eye’ reports about abuse of power, if their purpose is not to add fuel to the fire. We ask that everyone immediately stop the personal attacks and defaming remarks agains the CP in charge.”