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PTS board probes programming controversies during student movement
Central News Agency
2014-04-17 10:55 PM
Taipei, April 17 (CNA) The board of the Public Television Service (PTS) Foundation decided on Thursday to set up new guidelines and invesitgate a controversial last-minute decision to switch programming during the past month's student protest. The PTS board focused on incidents during the student-led Sunflower Movement centered on the trade-in-services agreement with China, which lasted from mid-March and early April, including the decision to cancel a replay of a special on one of the movement's leaders, the foundation said in a statement released after the meeting. On March 31, the publicly funded TV station canceled a replay of a program on Lin Fei-fan, the "commander" of the student movement, in favor of a concert by late singer Frankie Gao, who passed away in February. That followed a controversy days before on March 27, when the regular presenter of "NGO View," Chi Hui-jung, was conspicuously replaced by a stand-in for an episode on the services pact, reportedly because of her opposition to the agreement. PTS Chairman Shaw Yu-ming said in the statement that the incidents reflected poor management and sloppy decision-making at the channel. Referring to the "NGO View" incident, he said the board supports existing guidelines for news programs and respects decisions made by each program's producer, but will instruct management to draft a clearer guideline that meets international standards. The board also decided to review the March 31 programming change and determine whoever was responsible for it, the statement said. (By Sabine Cheng and Kay Liu)
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