Following the multiple incidents of inappropriate behavior against Busters‘ Chaeyeon on EBS show Boni Hani, they removed comedians and issued an apology. However, they promised to take action against those involved after investigation and they have now seemingly done that.
On December 12, a source from EBS stated, “Starting today, EBS’s ‘Tok! Tok! Boni Hani’ will come to a halt. We have an animation replacing the show’s slot this week, and we are discussing the future scheduling plans.” On the morning of the same day, EBS’s CEO Kim Myung Joong held an emergency meeting with the broadcasting station’s high-ranking officials and discussed why the incident happened, how it can be prevented in the future, and the disciplinary action that will be taken. The general manager and the head of EBS’s department of children, who are in charge of the show’s production, were removed from their positions, and the show’s entire production crew was replaced. The CEO instructed the officials to forward those related to the program to the disciplinary committee and come up with foolproof methods to prevent such incidents from reoccurring. An “emergency team for system inspection and the establishment of comprehensive measures” was formed and led by EBS’s vice-president. CEO Kim Myung Joong stated, “The recent incident is something that absolutely cannot happen and defeats the purpose of EBS’s name. We will carefully inspect the production system in its entirety to resolve the issue and prevent it from reoccurring. We deeply apologize to the cast member who was hurt by this incident.”
Fair enough. Thought it was reasonable for them to want to do an investigation into the matter and this does seem to be an actual solution.
Granted, I’m skeptical as to whether things will actually change or whether they’ll just be sure to not do it in public. We’ll likely never know, but the least we can do is make them not do this kind of shit so blatantly and reinforce it as normal or something.