Want China Times
By: Liao Hui-chuan and Staff Reporter
Mainland Chinese media are still paying a pretty penny to grab exclusive and fresh content
from Taiwan’s vibrant entertainment news industry, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily.
Most Chinese media outlets do not have their own correspondents in Taiwan, and prefer to hire a Taiwanese stringer to report on local entertainment events on a daily basis.
When a media company wishes to establish a branch office in Taiwan, it has to provide all sorts of healthcare insurance and other benefits to the correspondent, as well as a fixed salary, a senior Taiwanese journalist said. The salary paid to correspondents in Taiwan, however, has to be at least 10% higher than the average salary in the media industry in China, but foreign media corporations are reluctant to hire extra employees in order to cut down on costs. [FULL STORY]