Educational radio station a big winner at Golden Bell
Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) National Education Radio (NER), a government-owned radio station that promotes national education policies and directives, was the biggest winner at the 55th Golden Bell Awards in the category of radio on Saturday, winning six awards.
NER, which received 21 nominations, won for best children's program, best youth program host, best art and cultural program host, best in planning and writing, best in research and development, and best education and culture program host.
Chen Yen-jou (陳燕柔), one of the NER radio hosts that accepted the best children's program award for her show that explores scientific facts about planet Earth, said that media ethics should always be upheld especially when advancement in technology allows almost everyone to disseminate information.
"I don't know if everybody also thinks this, but nowadays we are all media presenters when we log onto the internet or turn on our phones. But I hope we can pass on the responsibility of upholding media ethics to future generations who step into this field," she said.
The best education and culture program host award was accepted by Fan Chin-hui (范欽慧) for her show which introduces sounds recorded in natural habitats to her listeners.
One of the aims of her show is to connect people with the sounds of nature so that they will learn to love the land that they live on, Fan said.
Chen Tuan-hui (陳端慧), also known as Tuan Tuan (端端), won the awards for best youth program host, and best art and cultural program host for her work in a show that invites guests to talk to technology used in everyday life and another show that explores dance, drama, literature, language, fashion, travel, and paintings.
NER also won best in writing and planning, and best in research and development for a show that introduces arts and culture in southern Taiwan, as well as a mobile studio that allows people to experience the fun of radio hosting.
Meanwhile, the National Police Agency's Police Broadcasting Service won five awards -- best youth program, best social care program, best lifestyle program, best children's program host, and best social care program host.
A total of 125 shows vied for 26 awards at this year's ceremony, which was held at National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on Saturday.
Meanwhile, for two consecutive years, the Golden Bell special award for an individual who has made a major contribution to broadcasting was not awarded because no one on the shortlist met the standards set by the jury.
The Golden Bell Awards was founded in 1965 with the aim of promoting Taiwanese radio broadcasting and recognizing excellent radio programs. The annual awards also included television productions made after 1970.
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