National Communications Commission (NCC) Chairperson Su Herng (蘇蘅) yesterday said that the commission was monitoring Next TV’s (壹電視) online broadcasts and would use available media laws to regulate its content.
Su made the remarks in response to press queries on her views about the network’s unconventional practices.
While the NCC has yet to decide whether to grant operational licenses for Next TV to broadcast its news, information and entertainment channels, the network started online broadcasts last week, essentially bypassing all government regulations.
“I think we are very concerned about this development, but we need to see what the regulations say,” said Su, who was head of the journalism department at National Chengchi University before assuming the NCC post on Sunday.
NCC spokesperson Chen Jeng-chang (陳正倉) said the commission had recorded Next TV’s online programs and would give them to an independent committee entrusted with reviewing applications for the network’s above-stated three channels.
Communication Content Department Director Jason Ho (何吉森) said that unlike content broadcast on TV or radio, the government had adopted a low-supervision policy regarding content disseminated over the Internet. The commission would have to use different standards to evaluate online content, he said, adding that Web content is regulated by the Regulations for the Rating of Internet Content (電腦網路內容分級處理辦法)
“The use of animation in news is expected to generate a lot of discussion when the committee reviews the applications,” Ho said.
Last week, the NCC unveiled the results of a study showing that children and teenagers access Internet content more frequently during summer months.
Article 13 of the Regulations Governing the Classification of Television Programs (電視節目分級處理辦法) states that “images of news broadcasting programs shall be subject to classified G regulations, without classification labeling.”
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