Seoul an­chor sum­moned over unau­tho­rised exit poll use

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Seoul: A South Korean ca­ble chan­nel news an­chor was sum­moned over unau­tho­rised use of exit polls dur­ing the 2014 lo­cal elec­tion, pros­e­cu­tors said. Sohn Suk-hee, who heads JTBC’s news re­port­ing divi­sion, ap­peared at the Seoul Cen­tral District Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice, Yon­hap News Agency re­ported. He is ac­cused of cit­ing the exit polls of three ter­res­trial net­works -- KBS, MBC and SBS -- with­out per­mis­sion dur­ing the June 2014 elec­tions for pro­vin­cial govern­ment heads and coun­cil mem­bers. Pros­e­cu­tors said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing how he ac­quired the poll re­sults and whether Sohn di­rected his staff mem­bers to use them. How­ever, Sohn has de­nied the charges. JTBC de­nied any wrong­ful act was com­mit­ted, point­ing out that the re­sults were al­ready be­ing cir­cu­lated via so­cial me­dia and other out­lets even be­fore the vot­ing was com­pleted. In Au­gust 2015, a Seoul court or­dered JTBC to pay 1.2 bil­lion won ($1 mil­lion) to the net­works that lodged a sep­a­rate com­pen­sa­tion suit in 2014.

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