Back in February, German radio station Bayern 3‘s DJ Matthias Matuschik made racist comments about BTS, comparing them to COVID-19. A few days later, he apologized for his remarks, but fans felt the apology was lackluster and untrue.

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As of today, Matuschik will no longer be hosting the show where he initially said those comments. Instead, he will be doing a podcast about local Bavarian music titled Fasten your Lederhosen. This was considered a demotion as the podcast will only premiere once a month instead of his usual 3-hour-long show 3 times a week.

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Bayern 3 denied that the change correlated with Matuschik’s actions.

The first discussions between Matthias Matuschik and the editorial team took place in the middle of last year. The profile of Bayern 3 has changed a lot during this time, our program is now aimed at a different target group than in 2008.

—Bayern 3

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However, they stated that after the incident, it “became apparent that there are different ideas about essential editorial questions and the self-image of a moderator.” Apparently, that is was led to the decision that Matuschik would initially work on the editorial board. 

Fans are upset that the company still gave him a platform as many wanted him fired.