Radio Taiwan International
One of Taiwan’s largest radio broadcasting networks – the Broadcasting Corporation of
China (BCC) cut two of its frequencies as of midnight on Saturday night. That was following an order from the National Communications Commission (NCC), which regulates the media in Taiwan.
The two networks – the Formosa Network and i-Radio Network can now only be heard on-line and via cell phone apps. The NCC has turned the frequencies over to the Hakka Affairs Council and the Indigenous People Culture Foundation, for programming related to the Hakka and indigenous peoples of Taiwan. The Hakka programming will begin in mid-June, while the indigenous programming will begin in August.
The opposition Kuomintang (KMT), which once owned the radio station, held a press conference on Sunday condemning the move and saying that it was politically motivated. KMT Lawmaker Wang Yu-min, who is the convener of the party’s legislative caucus, also criticized the NCC for allowing the frequencies to go without content for thousands of hours. [FULL STORY]