Saturday, January 14, 2012

Taiwan media regulator wants less Korean content on TV

Source : CNA

TAIPEI: Taiwan's national media regulator, the National Communication Commission (NCC), announced Tuesday that it aims to reduce the amount of Korean television content broadcast in Taiwan, in a bid to encourage the development of locally produced shows, reported Korean media.

Taiwan television station Gala Television Corporation (GTV), which mainly broadcasts drama serials, has become the first to accede to the NCC's request to reduce the amount of Korean fare they carry, and will do so from June.

The NCC had previously called on GTV to broadcast at least one hour of Taiwanese content between 6pm and 12pm on weeknights, as well as increase the amount of non-Korean dramas they carry. It had also asked GTV to ensure local programming makes up for at least 20 per cent of its broadcast content.

Although Korean pop music and drama serials have enjoyed massive popularity across Asia in recent years, it has also attracted criticism for smothering the growth of local content from some critics in countries like Japan and Taiwan.

Indeed, some Japanese even took to the streets in August last year, to protest against Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV for broadcasting what they deemed to be inordinate amounts of Korean television dramas.


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