Tue, Apr 01, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Macroview TV to carry Central News Agency broadcasts


Macroview TV, a satellite television channel operated by the Cabinet-level Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission (OCAC), yesterday began to broadcast news in Chinese produced by the Central News Agency (CNA).

The 30-minute programs, which began at 8pm, features news events in overseas Chinese communities around the world. The programs are for overseas consumption.

The inauguration of the news program also turned a new page in the 79-year-old CNA's history, marking the start of its video news services.

A ceremony was held earlier in the day to mark the inauguration of the program. Representatives from political, academic and journalistic circles attended the ceremony. Among the well-wishers were OCAC Minister Chang Fu-mei (張富美), Government Information Office Director-General Yeh Kuo-hsing (葉國興) and Yeh Ming-hsun, a senior adviser to the president who once served as a CNA correspondent.

Footage showing overseas Chinese community leaders congratulating the opening of the news program and excerpts from the program were broadcast during the ceremony.

Addressing the ceremony, Chang said the OCAC set up Macroview TV three years ago as part of its efforts to strengthen services to overseas Chinese.

"Now we start daily broadcasts of major news events in overseas Chinese communities around the globe. The new program signifies our commitment to bettering information services for overseas Chinese and cementing ties between Taiwan and overseas Chinese communities," Chang said.

She also congratulated CNA for its success in winning the bid to produce the news program for Macroview TV.

"I'm convinced that CNA can offer top quality news services for overseas Chinese audiences with professionalism," she said.

Yeh said Macroview TV has been a major source of enrichment for millions of overseas Chinese.

"The inauguration of the news program will enhance Macroview TV's offering," he said, adding that the inauguration of the program also marked a great achievement in CNA's structural and management overhaul.

Speaking on the same occasion, CNA Chairman Su Tzen-ping said the Macroview news program marked the start of CNA's ambitious program to providing Chinese-oriented printed and electronic news services to local and foreign news organizations.

"With 35 overseas offices around the world, CNA stands a good chance to excel in offering objective and comprehensive Chinese-oriented news services," Su said.

The program will be aired first at 8pm and re-run at 5am and 11am the following day.

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