Michael Yu, deputy director of the news department at the Public Television Service, attributed the situation to Taiwan’s limited international presence, adding that Taiwan’s lack of representation in on the global stage could also be a reason for its media’s indifference to foreign news.
However, Yu said that with the younger generation getting more access to the global community through travel, overseas study and the Internet, demand for foreign news is likely to increase.
Liu Hui-wen (劉慧雯), an assistant professor of journalism at National Chengchi University, said the nation’s weak public broadcasting system is another reason for excessive commercial intervention in news production, which results in inadequate foreign news coverage.
A well-operated public broadcasting service should safeguard news quality and provide the public with serious information, she said.
“The public should be better informed about why they need an independent media,” she added.
Taiwan does not put enough emphasis on media education, Liu said, adding that poor media literacy has led to a relatively disadvantaged audience that is less critical of news coverage.