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Chen Shui-bian is the `most covered' celebrity

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA , HONG KONG AND TAIPEI

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) gained the most media exposure this year among "media celebrities" in the Chinese-language media here and abroad, according to rankings released yesterday by City University of Hong Kong.

A "Pan-Chinese Celebrity Roster for 2006" was compiled by the university's Language Information Sciences Research Center based on the cumulative exposure from biweekly rosters gathered by the center throughout the year.

The lists consists of regional rankings of media figures in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei, as well as the "Pan-Chinese" ranking covering all four cities.

In addition to getting the top position on the "Pan-Chinese" ranking, Chen also tops the Taipei and Hong Kong lists.

According to Benjamin Tsou, director of the center, Chen's high media exposure this year is related to the corruption allegations surrounding himself and his family.

Meanwhile, a group of Chinese media representatives is visiting Taiwan at the invitation of the Communication Management Association of Taiwan (CMAT).

The delegation arrived Wednesday, and is scheduled to travel to southern Taiwan to visit cultural establishments and local broadcasting stations, as well as to meet local journalists before returning home on Dec. 27, according to the CMAT.

The group comprises senior journalists and editors of media outlets including Hunan TV, Beijing People Broadcasting Station, the Tienjin newspaper group, and broadcasting stations of Shuzhou, Wuhan and Guangdong.

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