Sat, Oct 15, 2011 - Page 8 News List


These events will have huge consequences for the rest of the world, and yet we have barely scratched the surface. Even Taiwan faces a host of problems: a low birthrate, rising unemployment, poverty, relations with China, the government-forced closure of hundreds of well-established restaurants in Taichung and Aboriginal protests.

Wanting to understand the Taiwan perspective, I finally decided to tune in to one of Taiwan’s amazing 24-hour news channels. I ended up on TVBS, of all places. What does the TVBS news group see as the most important issues in Taiwan? I was dying to know.

In case you are curious, they mostly talked about President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) wife, Chow Mei-ching (周美青), and the dress she wore on Double Ten National Day — which was already four days ago when I switched the news on — as it was the same one she wore last year; the fact that some people learned how to use a parachute for the National Day celebration; and the fact that one of their reporters figured out how to use YouTube to find a scooter accident.

What a fitting name for the station. It looks like TVBS took my TV and simply added the BS.

Matt Bronsil

Changhua City

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