Sports on Taiwanese TV has been neglected and the quality of sports news is poor, media watchers said yesterday. \n"Compared to other types of news, sports news is `minority' programming. Except for August when the Olympic Games was held, on average sports news is only about 4 percent of the total news presented," said Chuang Po-chung (莊伯仲), an assistant professor at Chinese Culture University's department of journalism. \nThe Broadcasting Development Fund yesterday released a program observation report conducted in August on 1,240 news stories broadcast by 12 major news channels. Because of the Olympic Games, the quantity of sports news included in news programs increased to 10.2 percent of overall news stories. \nHowever, between March and July, among 12 different kinds of news stories, sports news was ranked eighth in the amount of coverage given. Furthermore, during that period, sports news was never among the leading stories of the day. \n"Normally, sports news only appeared at the very end of news programs or acted as program frills," said Chuang. \nNor were all available sports being reported. \nThe media observation report also showed that Taiwan's media focused more on baseball, basketball and billiards while other sports, such as taekwondo and archery were virtual outcasts. \nThe situation took a drastic turn during the Athens Olympics. \n"By August, the ranking of sports news rose to fifth place, thanks to the Olympic Games. And many sports events in which our national teams had participated, such as taekwondo, were able to make headlines," Chuang said. \nHowever, Chuang said that sports news had been turned into entertainment news in the way it was presented. \n"There was a female news anchor who wore a taekwondo outfit during a news program, which was a strange sight," Chuang said. \nIn addition, Chuang pointed out, a news station even hired a former professional basket player to "read" news at the anchor desk. \n"This former player chose a very entertaining way to present sports news. Sometimes she dressed up as an Olympic mascot and misused sports terminology," said Chuang. \nThe fund urged for a diverse but serious way of presenting news. \n"A line needs to be drawn between television news and entertainment programs," the fund said in its report.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The central government is offering subsidies to hotels to house people who have been ordered to undergo 14-day home quarantine Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) yesterday elaborated on the rules for “social distancing” and said that the government is providing subsidies to encourage more hotels to become quarantine hotels. Chen on Tuesday urged the public to practice social distancing by keeping at least 1m apart outdoors and 1.5m apart indoors. If maintaining such distances is not possible due to confined or crowded spaces, then everyone should wear a mask, Chen yesterday told a daily news briefing at the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) in Taipei. The center also suggested that people avoid exhibitions, sports events, concerts and other social
FAMILY FEUD: Weng Jen-hsien, who was convicted of killing six people in 2016, was the second prisoner to be executed since President Tsai Ing-wen took office A death row inmate was executed on Wednesday, less than a year after he was convicted of killing six people by setting fire to his home. Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said that he signed the order and the death sentence was carried out on Wednesday afternoon in New Taipei City. The Supreme Court on July 10 last year sentenced 53-year-old Weng Jen-hsien (翁仁賢) to death after he was convicted of killing his parents, niece, nephew and nephew’s wife and his parents’ caregivers. Weng set fire to his home in Taoyuan’s Longtan District (龍潭) on Feb. 7, 2016, after a family feud
At a campground in Nantou County, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven-story tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan, but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international certified female climber arborist. Sylvia Hsu (許芢涵), 26, said she was inspired to set up her own women-only tree climbing classes after seeing the popularity of similar gatherings in Europe. “A women-only camp is a more relaxed environment,” she said. “I was hooked on trees after my first climb...
STRENGTH IN UNITY: The Executive Yuan respects KMT legislators’ viewpoints, but has no comment on calls for the premier to step down, spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday accused Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) of treating the Legislative Yuan with disdain and demanded that he apologize or step down for saying that KMT Legislator Chen Yu-jen (陳玉珍) is unfit for her job. Prior to a question-and-answer session at the legislature on Tuesday, Su was asked by reporters to comment on Chen’s remark on Monday that Taiwan is not a country. “Then she is not qualified to be a lawmaker,” the premier said. Chen made the remark during a question-and-answer session with Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通), when she asked him about his view