NCC criticizes opposition's media amendment, advocates special act
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)'s amendment was not thorough enough and the most effective way to prevent media monopoly is by establishing a special act to regulate it.
January 12, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
The NCC suggested that lawmakers should follow the decision made in the Transportation Committee's Yuan Sitting, which is to wait for the NCC to propose a well-planned amendment that is specifically designed to prevent media monopoly.
The DPP amendment's, which applies to three broadcast acts, included articles on limiting cross-media share holding and forbidding financial holding companies from investing in media.
The NCC said they pointed out at the Yuan Sitting earlier this week that the DPP's amendment occasionally conflict with current regulations and that it would be hard to execute the regulations if the amendment is approved.
The NCC said they stated in amendment-related reports that the articles regarding anti-media monopoly in the DPP's amendment were not thorough enough and the amendment would require further discussion.
The NCC Chairman Howard Shyr (石世豪) said in the Yuan Sitting on Jan. 9 that lawmakers should wait until the NCC proposes media diversity-related amendments so as to ensure both amendments can be reviewed together.
The NCC lauded the ruling and opposition parties' efforts to prevent media monopoly. However, when it comes to making a new law, lawmakers should be more careful in order to reach the goal of avoiding media monopoly.
The amendment initiated by the DPP, which applies to broadcast acts, including the Radio and Television Act, the Satellite Broadcasting Act and the Cable Radio and Television Act, passed an initial review in a Yuan Sitting on Thursday but failed to achieve approval yesterday.