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Taiwan seeking to incorporate major public media

2018/01/24 21:55:08

Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) The Ministry of Culture is aiming to incorporate Taiwan's major public media such as the Public Television Service (PTS) and Central News Agency (CNA) into an independent media group to better serve the people, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said Wednesday.

The ministry is drafting a public media law under which PTS, CNA, Radio Taiwan International (RTI) and Chinese Television System (CTS) will be amalgamated into a media group, Cheng said.

The main goals of the media group will be to serve the public, to help develop the country's media industry and connect Taiwan to the rest of the world, she told reporters during a lunar year-end gathering.

The law will seek to establish a "public media development fund" that will no longer be reliant on government funding, Cheng said, but did not elaborate on the funding sources.

In a recent meeting with members of the CNA board of directors and supervisors, she proposed that the government encourage the business sector to contribute to the fund.

Cheng said she has held discussions with board directors and supervisors of all four media and plans to hold a series of public hearings, starting in February, to obtain more views on the draft legislation.

Hopefully, the legislation will be passed by the end of the year, she said.

(By Sabina Cheng and S.C. Chang)