The National Communications Commission (NCC) said on Wednesday its broadcasting and TV programs consulting committee would soon review the remarks made by two TV news anchors about charges of money laundering surrounding former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
The committee said it would also review TV news coverage of a firefighter who was reported to have died while searching for the bodies of victims in the Houfeng Bridge (后豐橋) collapse last month. The information was not verified and was later shown to be false.
NCC spokesperson Lee Ta-sung (李大嵩) said that in the first case, CTI-TV (中天電視) anchor P.J. Huang (黃鵬仁) used the f-word while reading news about the money-laundering case in a morning news program.
Huang’s comments came to the commission’s attention after it received complaints from viewers.
TVBS anchorwoman Liao Ying-ting (廖盈婷), meanwhile, was heard uttering that Chen was a “psycho” who should “eat shit” over an open microphone immediately after the previous anchorperson reported that an independence veteran had asked Chen to donate the NT$700 million (US$21.7 million) he is alleged to have diverted to help set up a new political party.
The station penalized Liao with two demerits and removed her from the anchor desk.
In the second case, the commission found that TVBS-N, SET TV (三立新聞) and ERA News (年代新聞) had failed to verify sources before reporting the death of the firefighter.
“We asked the three stations to come over and brief us two weeks ago,” Lee said. “It turns out that TVBS-N first reported that a rescue team had found the dead firefighter, after its journalist overheard a conversation on the firefighters’ walkie-talkies.”
“SET and ERA News said they saw the news on TVBS-N and used it as source,” he said.