KMT, DPP spar over media amendment
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers yesterday questioned the legality of the opposition's move to include an amendment regarding cross-media ownership for discussion at a legislature sitting.
January 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The Legislative Yuan's Transportation and Communications Committee (TCC) invited National Communications Commission (NCC) Chairman Howard Shyr (石世豪) to produce a project report on the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) proposed amendment to anti-media monopoly regulations in the Radio and Television Act, the Satellite Broadcasting Act, and the Cable Radio and Television Act.
DPP Legislator Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷), who has been convening the TCC this week, said the amendment was still under review, so the committee can only list it for discussion in the Yuan Sitting as a project report.
KMT caucus whip Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) said “it is not legal to query the head of a government council over an amendment that is still under review, which is equivalent to the actual assessment of the amendment.”
DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said he had had a conversation with KMT officials, who did not agree to allow the DPP to have the amendment examined while it is under review.
Therefore, Ker said, the DPP could only schedule the project report on the amendment and wait until the next Yuan Sitting for a complete examination.
According to local reports, last June two amendments on cross-media ownership regulation passed the TCC's preliminary examination. One was the DPP's amendment, while the other was from the Executive Yuan.
There has been heated debate and protests from civil groups regarding a possible media monopoly resulting from the Want Want China Times Group's purchase of China Network Systems' (CNS) cable television services and the Next Media Group.