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The drama “City Conquest,” which stars Kim Hyun Joong, will not be appearing on KBS. Now, the production company is arguing that KBS will not air the drama because of political reasons. However, KBS is arguing that it is not true.
The production company of “City Conquest” is Media 100. The company wrote in a press release, “KBS gave us a grace period from October 2012 to the end of 2013. We received an ‘Official Indication to Air’ and up until January 2013 we continued discussions with KBS.”
Media 100 continued, “We tried our best even with extreme production costs and we produced the drama alongside the KBS subsidiary ‘KBS Media.’ We even gave them shares regarding the production. However, after the new CEO was brought in, a high-ranking drama executive was replaced. All of the sudden, we received the news that the drama would not air.” We received the following message, “Although the contents of the drama and its profitability looks great, there is too much violence and it does not fit in well with the beginning of a new government.”
Media 100 continued to state that the faults of KBS and indicate that the response is good and the fans are anxiously awaiting the new drama.
A representative of KBS’ drama department stated, “Media 100’s accusations are not true.” KBS stated that the content contained too much violence and a storyline that was not fitting for public television. That is the reason why the drama will not air.” KBS continued to state that they were very “uncomfortable” with the political accusations.
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On January 31, KBS made an official announcement on reasons why they decided not to air the TV series City Conquest through their network.
KBS said, “We are very sorry that the production company for the series insists that our decision is an arrogation. They even said that we are feeling constraint in the new government, which is completely not true.”
“We held four meetings to review the series and whenever the series receives suspension we asked the production crew to make up for the weak points in the series.”
“However, the recent proposal that they handed in for the latest meeting is insufficiently competitive and contains a lot of violence to air through public broadcasters. That’s why we decided not to air the series,”
“We clearly stated on the letter that if the script for the series is insufficiently competitive, it is not allowed to air. Even though we made the decision through our official system, the production company is insisting that we are feeling constraint in the new government. They also used an expression on defamation of character.”
KBS added, “We are determined to sternly deal with the insist that the production company made.”
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Kim Hyun Joong’s drama ‘City Conquest’ was originally scheduled for a time slot with KBS but was recently rejected for what the production company is claiming “government intervention”. In a press release, they detail all of the demands KBS made, including switching out script writers, editing the scripts, switching out parts of the cast, etc, which they all complied with out of pressure.
In the end, KBS decided to drop the drama all together after a certain switch of power in the higher ups. “KBS officials told us that the reason they could not air the drama was because despite its superior content and business potential, the depiction of violence was not the right fit for a time when the government is making a new start.”
KBS came out with their own statement saying that their claims are unfounded. “The drama features too much violence and revenge themes and makes a mockery out of the police. We thus felt that it was inappropriate for broadcast.”