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Culture Ministry nominates 19 to head public TV

Following some conflict, the Ministry of Culture yesterday submitted a list of 19 candidates for the position of director of public television.

The candidates were selected from leading figures in the fields of art, communications, academics, audio and video production, and Aboriginal culture.

Among those selected are writer Chang Man Chuan (張曼娟), Chen Yi Zhen (陳怡真), Taipei Story House founder Guoci Chen (陳國慈) and other public figures, such as pop music producer Huang Shu-chun (黃舒駿), Mayday's lead singer A-Xin (阿信) and Pegatron Corporation General Manager Tong Zixian (童子賢).

Culture Minister Lung Ying-Tai (龍應台) said that the new list was sent to the Executive Yuan for approval prior to its public release. The Ministry of Culture and Executive Yuan have scheduled a tea reception for the candidates for Saturday, and the candidates will be officially reviewed on Aug. 20.

The official release of the list has been engulfed in controversy and delays. The original list was set to be revealed July 11, however the committee vetoed 10 nominees.

Of the 19 candidates selected, Aboriginal Music Culture and Education Foundation's Chang Banai, Mu Lu (巴奈,母路), National Cheng Chi University advertising professor Zheng Zilong (鄭自隆), National Sun Yat-Sen University director of the Institute of Human Resources I-Heng Chen (陳以亨), Chang Jung Christian University information management professor Wu Tso- Lo (吳作樂), and artist Chen Yu Xiu (陳郁秀) were all previously approved by the committee.

Culture Minister Lung has said that the uncertainty regarding the final candidates not only seriously affects public opinion but also demonstrates a serious loss of national strength.

Of particular note among the candidates is A-Xin, the leader of Taiwan's well-known group Mayday. Lung explains that after hearing the band's music at the Golden Melody Awards ceremony she found that their music was not just music, but also an expression of attitude and morals.

In accordance with the provisions of the public television laws, 17-21 directors and supervisors are to be elected.

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