Fans slam Ting over World Cup row

POLITICAL MANEUVER: KMT Taipei mayoral candidate Ting Shou-chung’s call for free World Cup broadcasts is just a ploy to criticize the government, several netizens said

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 21, 2018
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Netizens yesterday accused Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Ting Shou-chung, left, talks to reporters in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Lin Hsin-han, Taipei Times

candidate Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) of political expediency with his call for the government to intervene in the way the World Cup is broadcast so that Taiwanese fans can watch the games on television for free.

“The government should look into this matter, because most people can only view this year’s World Cup matches on their cellphones and computers, but not on TV,” Ting said while attending a KMT event in Keelung yesterday.

ELTA TV, which has purchased the broadcast rights to the World Cup, has been airing the group-stage games, while state-owned Chinese Television System (CTS) is to start its broadcast for the knockout rounds.

“In the past, people could view the games on the big screen when they were broadcast on TV [for free], but this time, most Taiwanese fans can only watch the games on their cellphones or computers. It is like torture to fans,” said Ting, who was a former chairman of the governing body in charge of Taiwanese basketball.

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