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Growing China clout sparks concern in Taiwan media

Growing China clout sparks concern in Taiwan media

Taiwan regulators have put strict conditions on a bid by a China-friendly media group to purchase the island's largest cable TV system as concerns grow that China's commercial clout is already undermining freedom of the press in one of Asia's liveliest media markets.
The National Communications Commission approved a bid by Taiwan's China Times Group to buy the system for $2.4 billion in a decision released late Wednesday. But it requires CTG to sell a cable TV news station criticized for its pro-China content, and allow an independent group to screen the news broadcasts of a terrestrial station it controls.
The decision comes as other cable stations on the island weigh the advantages of silencing anti-China commentators to help them sell Chinese language programming to the lucrative China market.


Updated : 2021-10-17 20:38 GMT+08:00