South Korea’s KBS to Resume Shooting Music Shows with Live Studio Audience

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South Korean broadcasting giant KBS has announced plans to bring audiences back live for its music programs.

November 4, News1 reported that KBS would restore live studio audiences to its music programs for the first time in nearly two years. The network had started withdrawing audiences from studios in January 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with its weekly K-pop music show The Music Bank.

According to the report, Open concert will be the first program to welcome audiences back to the studio from mid-November. The show features performances by artists across a wide range of genres, from classical music to K-pop.

What follows shortly after will be Yoo Hee-yeol Sketchbook, Immortal songs and Gayo scene. The network also indicated that it would “eventually” allow the live audience to return to The Music Bank.

“In order to keep the performance safe and healthy, we will strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines such as maintaining the distance between seats and limiting the number of members of the public,” KBS wrote in its statement, as translated by Soompi.

“The precise schedule for each program and instructions on how to apply for the live audience will be posted on its website,” he added.

In related news, South Korean cable network tvN also announced plans to restore live studio audiences. According to Yonhap News Agency, they will start filming series of sketches Great League Comedy with a live audience for the first time in 20 months starting next week.


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