NCC should revoke CTS license, KMT lawmakers say

  • By Shelley Shan / Staff Reporter

The National Communications Commission (NCC) should revoke the license of the Chinese Television System (CTS) for broadcasting tickers that falsely stated that China had invaded and that natural disasters had hit morning news programs, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers said yesterday.

A group of KMT lawmakers surrounded NCC Chairman Chen Yaw-shyang (陳耀祥) before a meeting of the Legislative Assembly’s transportation committee, demanding that he “resign” because he allowed CTS, which aired the erroneous tickers on Wednesday last week, to get the location of channel 52.

Channel 52 was previously occupied by CTi News, but the commission in 2020 rejected an application it had submitted to renew its licence.

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Chen was to brief lawmakers on how the commission would reprimand TV news programs that violate false reporting rules and ensure they comply with Article 62-1 of the Finance Law (預算法), which addresses mandatory public disclosure of content-related advertising and sponsorships. .

Chen should take administrative responsibility for CTS’s “low-level error,” KMT lawmakers said, adding that the news channel has not yet been sanctioned for false reporting.

Chen told lawmakers on Monday that the error would not cost the network its broadcast license.

“The NCC is an independent agency and will review the operations of CTS,” Chen told the committee yesterday.

“What you [KMT lawmakers] are interfering in the operations of an independent agency,” he said as he sat in a seat surrounded by plastic partitions, chanting at opposition lawmakers and media workers. .

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Phoenix Cheng (鄭運鵬) said the KMT should not delay the committee meeting by rounding up and verbally attacking a government official.

“Aren’t you able to thoroughly interrogate the NCC chairman when he is on the podium?” Cheng asked.

KMT lawmaker Hung Meng-kai (洪孟楷), who chaired the meeting, said it only started at 9:15 a.m., when the protesting lawmakers left.

At the meeting, KMT lawmaker Fu Kun-chi (傅崐萁) said the commission was biased, as it rejected CTi News’ license renewal application based on an assessment that it had false reports and that its internal quality control mechanisms were flawed.

However, “CTS’s errors show that he has the same problems, but the NCC chairman said his error was not glaring enough to warrant losing his license,” Fu said.

Hung said 60% of cable TV operators have yet to fill the Channel 52 slot nearly two years after CTi News’ license expired.

“Does the commission hold the niche of news channels with political positions more aligned with the DPP?” Hung asked Chen.

DPP lawmaker Liu Shyh-fang (劉世芳) and KMT lawmaker Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) said CTS’s actions may have violated the National Security Law (國家安全法), the Law on Disaster Prevention and Protection (災害防救法), Social Order Maintenance Law (社會秩序維護法), Securities and Exchanges Law (證券交易法), and Radio Law and television (廣播電視法).

The commission should refer the case to other agencies to determine whether CTS should face sanctions from them, Liu and Lai said.

Last week, CTS said the ticker content was created by the New Taipei City Fire Department for disaster practice purposes.

The New Taipei City government commissioned CTS to produce a disaster exercise video, but the producer failed to restore a file link path of a screen layout after completing the video. recording, which resulted in the error, he said.

CTS is part of the Taiwan Broadcast System (TBS), Taiwan’s only government-funded public television system.

TBS President Chen Yu-chiou (陳郁秀) and CTS Acting General Manager Chen Ya-lin (陳雅琳) tendered their resignations.

CTS held a board meeting yesterday, in which Cheng Tzu-leong (鄭自隆), a member of the board of directors of the Public Television Service Foundation, who is an assistant professor of communication at the National University of Chengchi, was elected as the network’s new president.

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