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Global News could face fines from NCC over programming

UNAUTHORIZED:The network said that 85% of its content would come from foreign media, but more than 60% of its content is from Taiwanese reruns

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said it could ask the management at Global News to answer questions from commissioners over suspicions that it has violated the Satellite Broadcasting Act (衛星廣播電視法).

Global News can only be viewed by subscribers to Chunghwa Telecom’s -multimedia-on-demand (MOD) system.

National Communications Commission spokesperson Chen Jeng-chang (陳正倉) said NCC commissioners had discussed the case during the NCC’s weekly meeting yesterday and would continue discussions on the matter at another time.

“Our work collecting the information is not yet complete,” Chen said. “To deliver a fair ruling, we are planning to invite management at Global News to the commission and give them a chance to explain themselves.”

On the alleged violation, Chen said Global News had secured its operational license following a promise to offer mainly international news, a segment that needed to be filled in the Taiwanese news media environment.

Global News’ operational plan, which it submitted to NCC when applying for its license, also showed it would purchase international news from foreign media, he said.

Huang Chin-yi (黃金益), deputy director of the operational management division at the commission, said Global News’ operational plan showed that 85 percent of its news content would come from international news media.

The remaining 15 percent would be programs produced by the channel itself, Huang said.

However, the commission found that more than 60 percent of Global News’ programs were reruns from other Taiwanese news media outlets, a practice that was markedly different from the operational plan proposed in the license application, Chen said.

Chen said the operational plan was the basis upon which the commission reviewed the channel’s performance, adding that any proposed alteration to the operational plan must receive prior approval by the NCC.

“Huang said Global News could be fined NT$200,000 [US$6,765] to NT$1 million if the channel is found to have made unauthorized changes to its operational plan.”

On Monday, Global News reruns included programs produced by the China Television Co, Formosa TV, Asia ETTV and Next TV.

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