Taiwan rejects renewal of pro-China news channel’s licence

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 20 Nov 2020 Print

Taiwan rejects  renewal of pro-China news channel’s licence Taiwan-China Conflict

Taipei: Taiwan's regulators have rejected  the license renewal for pro-China Chung T'ien Television's news channel CTi News, media reports said.

On Wednesday, National Communications Commission (NCC) Chairman Chen Yaw-shyang announced at a press conference that all seven commissioners voted to deny CTi News' request to renew its six-year broadcast license, which expires on Dec. 11.

CTi News is part of the Want Want China Times Group, which has repeatedly come into conflict with the authorities due to its pro-China stance, having been fined for 21 violations over the past six years that range from spreading disinformation to biased reporting, reports Taiwan News.

Chen stated that after a full discussion and evaluation by the commissioners, the license renewal was rejected because of the TV station's serious record of violations and failure to implement an internal control mechanism.

He stated that the evidence was very clear, with the number of complaints from the public rising sharply since 2017 and over 30 percent related to reports from CTi News, reported the newspaper.