KMT asks Su to back anti-media monopoly law
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang (KMT) spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) said yesterday that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) should support establishing an act specifically to prevent media monopolies and to regulate the qualifications of media investors.
January 11, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Su said that only by passing amendments to three broadcast acts can the KMT show its opposition against media monopolies.
The amendment initiated by the DPP to broadcast acts, including the Radio and Television Act, the Satellite Broadcasting Act and the Cable Radio and Television Act, passed its first review in a Yuan Sitting yesterday. The amendment could be approved today.
The National Communication Commission (NCC) said that the amendment that passed the initial review yesterday has some conflicting areas with current regulations and there are no clear definitions of the subjects being regulated by the act.
Yin said that if Su really wants to show his support for the building of a healthy media environment, he should support the KMT's idea of establishing a specific anti-media monopoly act.
Su said “the government should also ask the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) to reject the Want Want-Next Media merger as a response to people's request.”
“The KMT did not react to those appeals until the DPP decided to launch a mass protest, so the upcoming protest means a lot,” Su said, referring to the party's upcoming Fury demonstration.
The ruling party announced its support of the DPP-initiated amendment earlier this week by signing it.
KMT caucus whip Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) said that the party should sign the amendment in order to separate political power and the media.
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A Fubon Financial investment counselor said that if the amendment is approved, the firm will have to adjust its plan to merge its subsidiaries Kbro, a cable TV operator, and Taiwan Mobile Co., Ltd.
The amendment includes an article stipulating that the owners of insurance, finance and banking businesses can not directly or indirectly invest in cable television.
The investment counselor said that even though this amendment will help dispel suspicions of a media monopoly, Fubon Financial would have to adjust its strategy regarding to merge Kbro and Taiwan Mobile.
The NCC also said that the amendment states that no media investors will be allowed to own even one share in the company, which would be hard to execute in reality.
Wang not Selected as New NCC Commissioner
Wang Yung-ho (汪用和), who had been nominated to be the new NCC commissioner, did not pass her examination by the Legislative Yuan yesterday.
DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) said that Wang will not be a good candidate for a NCC commissioner because Wang's father works at a company with Chinese capital.
Wang issued a public statement said that she cannot accept Kuan's argument about his father's job as a reason to remove her as a candidate for NCC commissioner.
Wang, a former television anchorwoman, is the wife of former KMT Legislator Justin Chou (周守訓). Her nomination drew mixed reactions from lawmakers.