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Draft media act draws criticism

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE:Journalists said the draft act could hurt diversity in news reporting, while media firms said that monopolization in the nation is a non-issue

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

“The problem that the proposed act tries to prevent does not exist,” Yeh said.

“The problem with the media in Taiwan is they are overly competitive. Media firms do not have additional revenue to invest in high-quality programming. The government should allow market forces to determine the existence of media outlets,” Yeh added.

Naomi Lee (李南玫), representing multiple-system operator (MSO) Kbro Co, said the commission should not underestimate the growing influence of online media.

She said MSOs provide a nationwide service and should not be treated as a monopoly. She asked the commission not to overestimate their viewer numbers.

Cable Broadband Institute in Taiwan director-general Peng Shu-fen (彭淑芬) said that the act punishes channels with more viewers.

“Does providing popular programs mean monopoly?” Peng asked. “Mergers happen all the time in business. The commission should focus on the effect of mergers, not the behaviors.”

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