Taipei, May 23 (CNA) The National Communications Commission (NCC) approved Wednesday a preparatory plan from the country's public broadcasting institution to establish a high definition (HD) channel, but noted the station has to provide a more detailed plan at a later date.
The NCC has initially approved the plan by the Public Television Service (PTS) to establish an HD channel, but will not agree to issue permits until a more comprehensive proposal has been submitted, said the commission's spokesman Wong Po-tsung.
In its proposal to develop TV program production and train personnel, PTS said it will invest NT$448 million (US$15 million) annually from July 2012 to June 2015 and NT$600 million per year from July 2015 to June 2018 June into the establishment of the channel, Wong said.
Between July 2018 and June 2021, PTS plans to pour NT$876 million into the project annually, Wong said, adding the company plans to inject an additional NT$90 million over the years to improve HD equipment.
However, the plan lacks details in certain areas, so the NCC has asked PTS to provide a more detailed proposal before the council agrees to issue permits for setting up the channel and issue operation licenses, Wong said.
While PTS has successfully conducted a trial broadcast of an HD channel over the last four years, the company still needs to provide a more detailed plan, one that includes information on how HD programs will differ from ones on regular TV, for example, said Huang Chin-yi, deputy director of the NCC's operational administration department.
Moreover, a more detailed plan should also outline how the company plans to provide TV programs for elderly citizens, as Taiwan's demographic is shifting towards an aging population, Huang said.
Huang said the company already has all the engineering technology and TV stations required, and once the company acquires the necessary licenses, it should be able to broadcast the 2012 London Olympics that runs from July 27-August 17 in HD.
(By Hsu Ya-chu and C.J. Lin)