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Culture minister learns from public TV station in New York

Culture minister learns from public TV station in New York

New York, Aug. 24 (CNA) Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai visited New York public TV station WNET on Friday to better understand how the station operates, and she suggested a few cooperation proposals that generated interest from the TV station. At a time when Taiwan's Public Television Service (PTS) is in turmoil after 14 members nominated to its board failed to acquire approval from a review committee on Aug. 20, Lung was visiting WNET to learn how another public TV station structures its board and manages its operations. Lisa Mantone, vice president of WNET's Development and Communications Department, was surprised to learn that PTS has not had a board of directors for two years. Mantone said WNET has 38 board members, none of whom are government representatives. In addition, the board establishes a nomination committee to help choose successors, and usually the committee will seek advice from managers before making the final decision, Mantone said. In contrast, Taiwan's PTS board review committee consists mostly of members of political parties, mainly the ruling Kuomintang and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party. The requirement that each board nominee be approved by at least three quarters of the review committee members has contributed to the nominating process grinding to a halt, according to Taiwan media reports.
In terms of the New York station's operations, WNET President Neal Shapiro said the TV station does not employ a big staff, with the company's payroll accounting for only 18 percent of its total expenses.
WNET's most important mission is to promote culture, the arts, children's education and documentaries, Shapiro said. Lung also took the opportunity to propose several cooperation projects between WNET and PTS, including launching fellowship or internship exchange programs, TV program content exchanges, and joint filming of documentaries. Shapiro showed an interest in these proposals, and said he would study the possibility of launching such projects. (By Leaf Chiang and C.J. Lin)


Updated : 2021-06-15 05:45 GMT+08:00