NCC rejects CTi News’ license renewal

SUPPORT: Reporters Without Borders said that it stands behind the legitimacy of the commission’s probe and that press freedom does not mean the absence of oversight

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 19, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

National Communications Commission Chairman Chen Yaw-shyang in Taipei yesterday announces the commission’s decision to reject CTi News’ license renewal application.
Photo: Tu Chien-jung, Taipei Times

National Communications Commission (NCC) commissioners yesterday reached a unanimous decision to reject CTi News’ (中天新聞台) license renewal application on the grounds that the channel’s frequent contraventions of media regulations showed that it has a malfunctioning internal control mechanism that cannot be rectified.

This was the first time since it was established in 2006 that the commission denied a license renewal to a news channel.

NCC Chairman Chen Yaw-shyang (陳耀祥) announced the landmark decision at the commission’s weekly media briefing.

The commission denied the renewal request because the news channel was fined a total of NT$11.53 million (US$400,932) for 25 breaches of media regulations between 2014 and this year — significantly more than other news channels, Chen said.    [FULL  STORY]

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