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Commission offers new radio licenses

FRESH START:The National Communications Commission said it encourages mergers between smaller radio stations, so they can apply for medium-power radio licenses

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

Liu said in an interview with the Chinese-language China Times that the act was drafted by “merciless government officials” who may have problems later enforcing the articles in the act.

He said the act would not help traditional media to advance in the age of digital convergence.

The proposed act states that a merger between print and broadcast media would not be allowed if it generates an overall influence on public opinion that is comparable to a television viewership rate of more than 20 percent.

If a cross-media merger involves news channels or channels airing news programs, the commission would ban the merger if it creates an influence comparable to a television viewership rate of 15 percent.

Newspapers and weekly magazines are banned from merging with broadcasting media if they have a readership rate exceeding 10 percent.

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