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Tycoon to defend EBC TV network deal on Tuesday

‘TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE’:Tycoon Chang Kao-hsiang has said his company would improve the EBC TV network’s international news coverage and not fire any employee

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

His plan to improve international news coverage also entails sending reporters to visit and learn at international media headquarters and increasing the budget for reporters to cover news happening overseas.

To diversify news programs, the network would also increase coverage of non-governmental organizations, Chang said.

He said he is committed to spending at least NT$100 million each year to produce programs and shore up ECB’s development of digital content.

Revenue generated from ECB’s digital platforms should rise from 4 percent to 15 percent, Chang said.

Chang’s answers to questions raised by the NCC were met with suspicion by National Taiwan Normal University professor Chen Ping-hung (陳炳宏), who said the business plan is simply “too good to be true.”

EBC has topped the list of cable TV networks that have received the most fines from the NCC for violations of media regulations, Chen said.

Of all TV networks, EBC has the worst record on product placement in news broadcasts, he said.

Mao Te should pledge to stop the network from using news to promote services and goods, Chen said.

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