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Better locally made programs vital to reforming television industry: Ma

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday said that the local television industry has to make good use of digital convergence to curb the profusion of foreign programs broadcast in Taiwan.

He also said that the next step in reforming the TV sector is to create high-quality TV shows.

Ma met yesterday with Association of Terrestrial Television Networks Director-General Chou Fa-hsun (周法勛) and managers from broadcast TV stations to hear a proposal to modify the Radio and Television Act to allow 15 digital channels to be broadcast by TV stations for free.

“Even though the government has been promoting TV digitalization,” Ma said, “the lack of motivation to improve the TV industry has caused us difficulties in this.”

The president said that in order to bring new opportunities for the TV industry, the government has come up with a digital convergence development proposal to use the new technology to encourage the structural reformation of the radio, TV and telecom industries.

“Digital convergence has brought new development opportunities and challenges for the TV industry,” Ma said. “Especially for younger generations that use smartphones and other devices often.”

“Noticing that foreign TV shows are relatively common in Taiwan, I think it is urgent to begin reforming Taiwan's TV industry.”

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