The former president of local broadcaster MBC is expected to go on trial. Kim Jae-chul is accused of colluding in a conspiracy led by the National Intelligence Service(NIS) to exert control over broadcasting.
According to law enforcement on Saturday, the Seoul Central District Court plans to indict Kim without physical detention as early as next week on charges of violating the National Intelligence Service Act.
Serving as chief of MBC from 2010 to 2013, Kim is believed to have received documents from the NIS concerning ways to "normalize" the broadcaster, which included a blacklist of cultural figures critical of the Lee Myung-bak government.
MBC allegedly went on to drop those on the blacklist from TV shows and exclude them from work.
In fact, during Kim's years at the helm of the broadcaster, MBC's flagship exposé program "Producer's Note" was scrapped with many reporters and producers fired.
When employees held collective action in 2012, those who took part in the walkout were also punished by being transferred to unrelated duties and effectively dispelled from the broadcasting field in roles of production and reporting.
An arrest warrant for Kim was rejected by the court in November.