As a result of the upheaval that followed this year’s Metro FM Music Awards, SABC has faced massive backlash from the public.
Thus, recent reports has pushed the broadcaster to speak out in its own defense. According to emerging reports, the Metro FM website was allegedly hacked and the ‘real’ results of the Metro FM Music Awards were leaked.
The reports had it that a Metro FM internal website which apparently “had” the real “list of winners” for various categories at the awards was hacked.
Consequently, the broadcaster refuted the claims which originated from an unreliable Twitter account. The account claimed to have hacked into the SABC system, revealing the “real” list of winners. And of course, it was different from the current one.
Twitter was abuzz on Monday as users rushed to see the alleged correct list of winners which the broadcaster hid form the public.
However, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said that the supposed leaked information was false. Again, he made it clear that the SABC has not had any recent hacking incidents. Besides, Kaizer maintained that even if such an incident occurred, the intruders will not come up with any information we don’t know already.
“The SABC was not hacked. But even if they managed to hack into our systems they would come up empty where the Metro FM winners are concerned because they were handled externally,” Kaizer said.
In addition, Kaizer responded to complains that popular stars on social media did not win the awards.
“It’s important for people to remember that we can’t measure fame on Twitter or other platforms and equate it to the number of SMS’s people sent in to vote for a particular artist. The voting system was SMS based and the results were audited,” Kaizer said.
This year’s awards ceremony sparked off controversy amid claims that the “awards were bought.” A lot of people insisted that the awards were handed over to artists with connections in high places while the deserving ones were shunned.
Notwithstanding, Kaizer challenged whoever is in doubt to come to the SABC and take a look at the results.
“As the SABC we have nothing to gain from robbing deserving artists of their winnings. We aim to celebrate these artists and to give their fans a platform to celebrate them as well, using these awards. And if people want to see the results, we will show them,” he said.
The controversy started when rapper Riky Rick turned his Metro FM Music Award acceptance speech into a backlash. He accused radio and TV stations of being biased while dealing with struggling artists. Other artists like Kwesta and DJ Black Coffee rallied around him.