No sex, violence for Hong Kong media tycoon

2011-07-20 08:58

Taipei – Taiwan today gave permission to a Hong Kong media tycoon to launch a cable TV news channel on the island, after he promised that the channel would not broadcast the graphic content carried by some of his other media outlets.

Jimmy Lai, who already publishes the most popular newspaper and news magazine in Taiwan, told Taiwan’s National Communications Commission today that news broadcast by his Next Media company would be free from sex and violence.

In 2009, the commission gave the go-ahead for Next Media to broadcast sports and movies in Taiwan, but refused Lai’s application for a news channel.

At the time, the commission said it was concerned that the channel might broadcast similar content to the group’s Apple Daily website, which shows realistic computer-generated animations of violent crimes and events that feature in the news.

Lai also said he would form an ethics committee within six months to supervise the content of the new channel. It was not clear when the channel would be launched.

Taiwan currently has more than 100 cable television channels, including eight for news.

Hong Kong-based Next Media launched the Apple Daily newspaper and Next Magazine in Taiwan in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

The publications attracted criticism for their sensationalist coverage, but have become the best-selling daily and weekly on the island.

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