Parties urge Public Television Act amendment
The China PostBy Adam Tyrsett Kuo--The Kuomintang (KMT) caucus yesterday urged the Ministry of Culture (MOC) to propose a Public Television Act amendment for the next legislative session, while Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said that the number of Public Television Service (PTS) board members should be decreased.
January 27, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The PTS has yet to form a board of directors after a failed attempt in August last year.
Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) said that her ministry will work on an amendment, and that she supports the idea of having fewer PTS board members.
KMT lawmaker Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) said that an amendment is necessary in order to solve the PTS' current lack of board members.
Cheng said that the number of directors should be decreased from a range between 17 and 21 to 11 and 15.
PTS should also be guaranteed a minimum annual budget of NT$1.2 billion, so that it doesn't have to worry about political factors, Cheng added.
DPP lawmaker Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said that if the number of board members is lowered to a range between 11 and 15 during the next legislative session, the nominees that have already secured approval can form a board immediately.
According to the Public Television Act, the PTS needs to “set up a board of directors consisting of 17 to 21 people,” and the Legislature is required to recommend 11 to 15 people as directors and supervisors. The Executive Yuan then nominates the candidates, which require three-fourths of the review committee's approval. Once approved, members are formally appointed by the premier.