Broadcasting Corp of China (BCC) could be fined up to NT$2 million (US$70,460) if BCC chairman Jaw Shaw-kong (趙少康) simultaneously serves as chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), the National Communications Commission said yesterday.
The commission made the remark after Jaw earlier in the day announced that he had applied to rejoin the KMT after quitting the party nearly three decades ago, and said he planned to run for the party chairmanship.
Article 5-1 of the Radio and Television Act (廣播電視法) states that political party workers, political appointees and elected public officials may not invest in radio or television businesses, nor can they serve as promoters, directors, supervisors or managers of a radio or television station, said Chen Shu-ming (陳書銘), a specialist at the commission’s broadcasting and content department.
The enforcement rules of the act define a “political party worker” as someone holding a position specified in the charter or organizational framework of a political party, or a supervisor or vice supervisor of a section specified under the charter or organizational framework of a political party or of the branches in special municipalities, counties and cities.
The definition is not applicable to people holding consultative positions at political parties.
Jaw would have to resign from his position at BCC and dispose of the shares he owns in the firm if he becomes the KMT chairman, or the radio station could be fined NT$200,000 to NT$2 million, per Article 44-2 of the act, Chen said, adding that the fine can be imposed consecutively if corrections are not made by a prescribed deadline.
Additional reporting by CNA
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday said that a surge in respiratory illnesses in China has been caused by at least seven types of pathogens, and small children, elderly people and immunocompromised people should temporarily avoid unnecessary visits to China. The recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses in China is mainly in the north and among children, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said on Monday. Data released by the Chinese National Health Commission on Sunday showed that among children aged one to four, the main pathogens were influenza viruses and rhinoviruses, while among children aged five to 14, the main pathogens
A New Taipei City hotpot restaurant could be fined after a rat dropped from the ceiling and landed on a customer’s plate last week, the New Taipei City Department of Health said yesterday after conducting an inspection. A woman recently posted on the “I am a Banciao resident” (我是板橋人) social media group saying that she had been eating with a friend at Chien Tu Shabu Shabu Hotpot Restaurant’s Shuangshi B branch in Banciao District (板橋). “While still eating, a big rat suddenly dropped down from the ceiling, landing on a plate next to a hotpot,” she said. “Later on, a member of
A new poll of Taiwanese voters found the top opposition candidate for president jumping past the ruling party’s hopeful into the lead position ahead of January’s election — the latest twist in a drama-filled race. Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) had an approval rating of 31.9 percent versus 29.2 percent for the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate Vice President William Lai (賴清德), the poll released yesterday by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed. The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜), ranked third with 23.6 percent, according to the survey conducted
Actress Hu Ling (胡伶) on Saturday became the first Chinese movie star to walk the red carpet of the Golden Horse Awards since 2019, when China boycotted Taiwan’s biggest awards show over political tensions. Beijing banned its entertainers from joining the awards, dubbed the Chinese-language Oscars, after documentary director Fu Yu (傅榆) voiced support for Taiwan’s formal independence in an acceptance speech in 2018. There were no films from China in the 2019 nomination list and several Hong Kong movies dropped out that year, while several big commercial productions were conspicuously absent at both the 2020 and 2021 awards. However, Hu, nominated for