The China Post news staff
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Broadcasting Corp. of China (BCC), Taiwan’s largest radio broadcast network, saw two of its FM frequencies terminated beginning Saturday 12 a.m., in accordance with an administrative decree issued by the National Communications Commission (NCC). The audience of the BCC’s Formosa Network (寶島網) and i-Radio Network (音樂網) can now only listen to programs of the two networks online through apps. Their frequencies will be used for two new national networks, one for Hakka speakers and the other for indigenous peoples, which will be run by the Hakka Affairs Council and the Indigenous People Cultural Foundation, respectively, according to the NCC.
The two networks, once owned by the Kuomintang (KMT), had been used to counter Chinese Communist Party propaganda until 2004, when the government scrapped the anti-CCP propaganda policy. The government retrieved the two FM frequencies after the policy was dropped. ‘Repulsive practice’: KMT When acquiring the BCC in 2007 from the then-opposition KMT, BCC chairman Jaw Shaw-kong (趙少康), former president of UFO Radio, promised to return the two frequencies to the government as long as the frequencies were to be arranged for other uses.
Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) of the Kuomintang said the NCC asking the BCC to suspend Formosa Network and i-Radio Network at midnight was a “repulsive practice” by the Tsai Ing-wen administration to muzzle the freedom of the press and convert public attention away from the government’s poor administration performance. Lawmaker Criticizes DPP Lawmaker Wang Yu-min (王育敏), convener of the KMT’s legislative caucus, issued a press statement criticizing the DPP government for being as crude as the North Korea government. She said the i-Radio Network and Formosa Network are without any political affiliation, long comforting the minds of many listeners and providing music, entertainment and news programs to Taiwan’s rural Taiwanese-speaking population.