15 November 2012

Gambia: Media Practitioners Visit Taiwan Media Institutions

Taipei — The 29 media practitioners currently attending this year's Taiwan Media Development training in Taipei Tuesday began a two-day visit to media institutions in the Asian island nation.

The participants are undergoing a 14-day synergy organised by the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF).

China Central Television (CCTV)

The participants first visited the China Central Television (CCTV) on Tuesday. The media house has 800 employees working in both the radio and television sections.

Erick She, a news presenter at the TV section, told the media practitioners that they have turned the institution completely digital due to the high competition rate in the Taiwan media industry.He said CCTV is the predominant state television broadcaster in Mainland China with a network of 22 channels that are broadcasting different programmes accessible to more than one billion viewers.

He added that most of the programmes are presented in a mixture of documentary, comedy, entertainment, and drama, majority of which consist of Chinese soap operas and entertainment.

Police Broadcasting Service (PBS)

At the PBS, which is the only police radio station in the world, the participants were received by the deputy general director of the station, James GC Chung, who disclosed that PBS is not only a police system, but also a group of public media established on March 1st, 1954. He said the public is given the opportunity to call for service anytime with regard to public safety or accidental disasters, especially traffic accident.

According to him, news is broadcasted once every hour, including weather information and climate variations such as the situation before, during and after typhoon in order to keep people aware and reduce the trouble.

Through cooperation with the National Traffic Information Centre (NTIC), Chung told the media practitioners that PBS reports instant road conditions. "Our National Traffic Networks report about freeways and serves drivers. The Regional Traffic Networks report about regional road conditions as a guidance to efficient ways," he said, adding: "If you leave something in a taxi, you can find it back through PBS. We even reward the strangers who find more than NT$50,000."

United Daily News (UDN)

Later on Wednesday evening, the participants visited the United Daily News (UDN), a newspaper in Taipei, which is also digitalized.

Vincent Chang, the national editor, said the newspaper is published in both traditional and simplified Chinese. He said it is one of the three biggest newspapers in Taiwan, the other two being the China Times and the Liberty Times

He said the paper was founded by Wang Tiwu in 1951 as a merger of three newspapers -Popular Daily National and the Economic Times. He disclosed that the three newspapers formally merged in 1953, saying that in terms of political orientation, the UDN is strongly Pan-Blue and before Taiwan democratised, was an opponent of political reform. He added in the years since Taiwan democratised, the paper has advocated policies leading to an incorporation of Taiwan within China.

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