NPP calls for second CTi News hearing after reports

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 04, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

From left, New Power Party legislators Claire Wang, Chiu Hsien-chih and Chen Jiau-hua attend a news conference at the Legislative Yuan yesterday to urge the National Communications Commission to hold another administrative hearing on CTi News’ license renewal application.
Photo: CNA

The National Communications Commission (NCC) should hold a second administrative hearing on whether to renew the operating license of CTi News after new evidence surfaced last week, the New Power Party (NPP) said yesterday.

Local media last week reported on leaked WeChat conversations between the news channel’s largest shareholder, Want Want China Times Media Group founder Tsai Eng-meng (蔡衍明), and group executives showing that he interfered in its daily operations, contradicting his testimony at the first hearing, NPP caucus whip Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智) told a news conference in Taipei.

Chiu showed screenshots of the alleged WeChat conversations, saying that the NCC should have had the opportunity to consider the online chats at the administrative hearing on Monday last week.

“New evidence came out after the first hearing, and the NCC should ask CTi News to provide all conversations between Tsai and group executives that expose the lie Tsai told at the first hearing — that he did not interfere in the news channel’s operations. The commission should hold another administrative hearing to assess the renewal in light of the new evidence,” Chiu said.

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