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Cable channels to be reshuffled next month, GIO says

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Government Information Office (GIO) Director-General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) yesterday announced that his office will rearrange all the channels for cable TV starting Jan, 1, local media reported yesterday.

"The channel arrangement of local cable TV companies is inappropriate and disordered," Lin said yesterday.

"Our cable TV channels will have a new look starting next year," Lin added.

Lin made the announcement when he attended a ceremony held to promote the new arrangement, saying that neither shopping nor adult channels should be located between channel 2 and 25.

Public Welfare

According to the government's Organization and Management Principle for Cable Television Channels, proposed by the GIO on Dec. 13, channels between 2 and 25 have to be preserved for programs related to public welfare, and those suitable for family viewers -- especially younger viewers.

These channels will also be categorized as the public-welfare and family-viewer section starting next year.

Meanwhile, different channels providing similar programs will be put next to one another, so as to form their own sections in accordance with their characteristics.

As for the rapidly growing shopping channels, those below channel 77 will stay between 26 and 77, but be moved to leftover channels between major sections.

But new shopping channels will have to be placed above channel 77. So there will be only six or seven shopping channels below channel 77 in the near future.

Disconnection

The new systems may be able to solve the disconnection problem that often occurred in the past during the GIO's negotiations of channel arrangement with local cable TV companies at the end of every year.

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