Tue, Aug 10, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Popular TV host gets second show

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF WRITER

TV talk show host Wang Ben-hu (汪笨湖) yesterday kicked off his new prime-time live talk show on Chinese Television System (CTS, 華視).

As conventional TV practice reserves the weekday 8pm time slots on terrestrial television stations for drama series, the CTS decision to replace a drama series at that time with a talk show was the first of its kind.

The new show, Taiwan Advancement (台灣起動) is an hour-long political talk show, and is the second talk show Wang currently hosts.

Taiwan Voice (台灣心聲), hosted by Wang on Much TV, is one of the most popular talk shows targeting a wide spectrum of the nation's population.

"In order to highlight the differences between the two shows, Taiwan Voice is a pre-recorded show that targets a specific topic, while Taiwan Advancement is a live show that discusses current affairs," stated Wang at a press conference last week about his new show.

Wang's connection with CTS goes back a long way, as Wang has served as a screenwriter for many 8pm prime-time drama series that received high audience share ratings.

"As politics is a popular and much talked-about subject in Taiwan, viewers do not necessarily have to watch drama series at 8pm," he said.

According to a Chinese-language news report, some political commentators have speculated that Wang's current affairs talk program may be politically biased due to recent high-level management appointments at the station.

In response to these com-ments, CTV program manager Hsu Yong-te (許永德) stated that the public should not associate the show with any particular political ideology.

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