The 42nd Golden Bell Awards handed out honors to the nation's TV professionals and programs last night at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.
Public Television Service again reigned supreme at the gala event, especially in cultural and drama programming as well as nearly all the technical categories.
Hosted by the nation's most sought-after presenters, Kevin Tsai (蔡康永) and Patty Hou (侯佩岑), the award ceremony opened with a troop of local teen idols and big-name actors and actresses strutting their stuff on the red-carpet, while members of the Million Star Gang led by Momoko Tao (陶子) won the most deafening cheers from the young star-spotting crowd.
The nation's answer to the Emmy's, the event saw 158 works compete for 34 awards. The most attention-grabbing entries among the contenders were TV drama The Hospital (
The best director of a TV drama award went to actor-turned-director Tsai Yueh-hsun (
With no training or previous acting experience, Indonesian immigrant Mok Ai Fang walked home with Best Leading Actress award for her role in Nyonya's Taste, which takes a look at the lives of the nation's foreign laborers.
A video allegedly featuring retired general Kao An-kuo (高安國) calling on Taiwanese military officers to surrender to China and overthrow the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government has sparked outrage and calls for him to be charged with treason. The video, titled “A message to Taiwanese military officers,” allegedly shows Kao saying: “I call on commanding officers of our military troops to stand up for Chinese nationalism, to take up this duty under heaven’s mandate to save Taiwanese from oppression and terrible suffering.” Dressed in military fatigues and a beret, the lieutenant general called on officers to overthrow the “fraudulent DPP regime,”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday rejected the claim Beijing has been making about Taiwan’s status, while thanking US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman for raising concerns about Taiwan during her meeting with Chinese officials. Sherman met with Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅) on a visit to Tianjin on Sunday and Monday, with Wang urging Washington not to infringe on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Taiwan is part of China, a fundamental fact that would never change, and China has the right to take any action needed to restrain Taiwanese independence, Wang said, urging Washington to abide
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