NCC targets ad
The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said it had asked 17 TV stations to reschedule the broadcast of a motorcycle commercial until after 9pm as the content was deemed inappropriate for minors. NCC spokesperson Lee Ta-sung (李大嵩) said the commission had entrusted an independent committee to review the commercial, which showed a young couple getting into a fight on an overpass. The committee of media researchers and children’s rights advocates said scenes in the commercial were likely to set a bad example for young people, as the commercial shows a person dropping a handbag from the overpass into the traffic below. A person then speeds over a railway crossing to retrieve the bag. In addition to rescheduling the broadcast, the committee said a warning must be added to the commercial.
Kaohsiung to hold parade
For the first time, Kaohsiung City’s New Year celebration will feature a large-scale balloon parade, a firework display over a Ferris wheel and a New Year’s Eve concert, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said yesterday. At a press conference in Taipei, Chen said the parade was scheduled to begin at 2pm on Dec. 27 along Time Avenue (時代大道) with about 1,000 people from some 20 performance groups and cheer-leading squads from the Kaohsiung Organizing Committee of the 2009 World Games marching down the 1km-long road. The parade is expected to attract about 150,000 people, she said. The event will be followed by a New Year’s Eve concert starting at 7pm on Dec. 31, with highlights such as a performance by Van Fan (范逸臣), the lead actor of this year’s hit movie Cape No. 7, she said.