Olympics to be shown in HD
Five terrestrial television networks announced on Thursday they would deliver high-definition broadcasts of this year’s London Olympic Games, in line with the government’s implementation of a nationwide switch to digital broadcasting this summer. The five networks are China Television Co, Taiwan Television Enterprise, Chinese Television System, Formosa TV (FTV) and Taiwan Public Television Service. FTV general manager Chen Gang-sin (陳剛信) said starting on July 1 this year, the government would implement a nationwide switch to digital broadcasting, providing the public with better sound and viewing quality. “It would be a pity not to broadcast the green sports fields in high definition,” Chen said.
‘Seediq Bale’ comic planned
A French edition of the Seediq Bale comic by artist Chiu Ruo-lung (邱若龍) is to be released soon, an official of the company that is publishing the book said. Dominique Veret, editorial director of the France-based Akata publishing house, confirmed his company would translate the graphic novel into French. The book is to be launched during next year’s Angouleme International Comics Festival, Veret said. Chiu is the artistic director of the Taiwanese hit film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, about an uprising by the Sediq Aboriginal tribe against Japanese rule in 1930 known as the Wushe Incident. Chiu’s Seediq Bale is the first time the historical event has been depicted in a graphic novel format.
Friendship body established
The legislature established a body yesterday to promote friendship with the European parliament and encourage closer exchanges in the future. Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) was named honorary chairman of the group — called the Republic of China-European Parliamentary Amity Association — and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟) was made chairman. KMT Legislator Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), People First Party Legislator Thomas Lee (李桐豪) and Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Yu Mei-nu (尤美女) were named deputy chairmen of the body. Wang thanked the European parliament for supporting Taiwan’s participation in international organizations and also for backing visa-waiver treatment for Taiwanese nationals in the Schengen Area. Lu said 66 of Taiwan’s 113 legislators are members of the friendship promotion group, and he expects the association to provide strong support to bilateral economic, tourism and cultural exchanges. Tamas Maczak, the deputy head of the European Economic and Trade Office in Taipei, said he was happy to see the establishment of the group.