National Taiwan University professor Peng Wen-cheng (彭文正) yesterday said he had resigned from his post at the university’s Graduate Institute of Journalism so that the school and the institute would be free from criticism over him also working as a talk show host.
He went back to hosting his political talk show on Next TV yesterday evening, ending a hiatus of more than two months.
Peng sparked widespread controversy for doubling as a TV talk show host, with Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) in June ordering the university to work out protocols to regulate the second jobs of faculty members. However, the university failed to comply with the order.
The controversy picked up steam when it surfaced that the university was considering the approval of a cooperative project between business and academia, allegedly to justify Peng doubling as a TV talk show host, which led to strong condemnation by some professors at the university.
Peng yesterday said on Facebook that he would not allow the university, where he had been a professor for 20 years, to fall victim to “endless assaults,” and that he had therefore chosen to leave.
“Having thought it through, I think this might be a fitting moment for me to do something else for a change” Peng wrote.
Institute director Lillian Wang (王泰俐) yesterday confirmed Peng had tendered his resignation.
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