Mnet's controversial audition survival program 'Produce 101' is making headlines yet again, this time for illegally including on their show trainees from agencies that are not properly registered with the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
When a media outlet reported on 'Produce 101's failure to go by the books, reps from the show came forward with a statement on March 9, stating, "We received an inquiry from the creative content agency regarding registered companies so we immediately made an inquiry with participating enterprises about the guidelines and submitted the [necessary] registrations."
According to 'Produce 101,' the production team had suggested companies that were not yet registered to join the program. Now, all the agencies of the trainees who are currently on the show plan to complete their registration by March 15.
'Produce 101' relayed, "We aim to get every last one of the participating agencies to register, and we will continue to request [the registration] from them."
According to the report which exposed 'Produce 101's blunder, the total number of enterprises that are not properly registered with the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism is six.