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KMT OKs DPP's anti-media monopolization amendment

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang (KMT) caucus whip Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) announced yesterday that they will be the first party to sign the anti-monopoly amendment proposed by lawmakers from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

According to local reports, several negotiations have occurred among ruling and opposition parties on an amendment to the Radio and Television Act, the Satellite Broadcasting Act and the Cable Radio and Television Act.

The KMT said all parties agreed on the amendment proposed by the DPP Legislator Yeh Yi-ching (葉宜津). Yeh's amendment includes a policy stating that a television or radio operator and its related businesses can not lay claim to over 10 percent of the total numbers of channels or stations.

The KMT said that though all parties have reached agreement, the amendment is yet to be signed by the DPP and other smaller parties.

Wu said "the negotiation between all parties is the first step to prevent media monopoly. The KMT supports media diversity and has proven his by committing to sign the amendment. The KMT hopes the DPP will sign on the amendment as well."

"Lawmakers should also consider regulating the share holdings of print media, radio, and TV, which could help prevent total media monopoly," Wu said.

So as to prevent a monopoly over both print and electronic media, the KMT said there should be regulations made in the future specifically concerning media diversity.

Wu said "the (National Communications Commission) should come up with an amendment to the Radio and Television Act, the Satellite Broadcasting Act and the Cable Radio and Television Act as soon as possible instead of waiting until this June to propose the amendment."

Wu suggested the amendment should also consider print media.

NCC Vice Chairman Yu Hsiao-cheng (虞孝成) said "the NCC will definitely consider the influence of print media operators on electronic media. It will be based on regulations from the Fair Trade Act in order to determine if an operator that owns many electronic media could purchase or own print media."

DPP caucus whip Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said "DPP lawmakers are still communicating about certain articles in the amendment proposed by Legislator Yeh, but the DPP hopes the KMT will support the amendment regarding media diversity at the Yuan Sitting."

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