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Controversial UFO radio host resigns in disgust

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Controversial media figure Clara Chou (周玉蔻) yesterday announced she was quitting her job as a host on News98 and UFO radio stations, exactly one week after her high-profile interview with President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) that was considered a milestone in her career.

Her surprise resignation followed a dispute with UFO radio station owner Jaw Shaw-kong (趙少康), who also owns News98.

"I have decided not to work at such at a dirty and politicized radio station anymore," Chou said. "I am saddened that Jaw had publicly asked me to leave my job."

Chou said that she was forced to leave UFO radio and that she would start working for ETFM (東森廣播網) from tomorrow.

Chou indicated that she had communication problems with Jaw and found his recent speeches against her humiliating.

During her morning radio show on Monday, Chou criticized independent Legislator Sisy Chen (陳文茜), who also hosts a show on UFO, along with several television hosts for mixing their political and media roles.

On her show, Chou, who said that a radio show should be neutral in its political stance, urged Chen to stop manipulating the media.

In response to Chou's comments, Jaw on Tuesday suggested publicly that Chou quit her job if she was unhappy with the station.

"No political party or any individual can have influence over UFO radio," Jaw said yesterday after Chou resigned.

Jaw was one of the founding members of the New Party and established UFO radio seven years ago. He has hosted a show since then that has proved popular among pan-blue listeners.

According to a survey conducted by Sing Paul Research Services Co last December, UFO was the top-ranked radio station in the nation, with News98 ranked No. 6.

Jaw said he had never done anything to embarrass Chou and had tried to communicate with her, but to no avail. He said he would take over Chou's morning show.

Kuo Li-hsin (郭力昕), a media lecturer from National Chengchi University, played down the significance of the public spat.

"I think there is basic difference in hosting style between Jaw and Chou," Kuo said. "I simply see the whole event as nothing more than media gossip."

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