Director General of Taiwan’s Government Information Office, Lin Chia-lung, says that the Cabinet’s request that the Kuomintang-owned Broadcasting Corporation of China should return 14 of its frequencies to the Government Information Office is based on its own pledge and is in accordance with the law. The BCC has now agreed to comply.
In response to the BCC’s accusation that the GIO lacked the official documentation to take over 11 AM and three FM stations, Lin told reporters that in May 1992, then GIO head Jason Hu had issued official letters to the KMT’s Cultural Affairs Department and the BCC clearly requesting the transfer of the BCC’s 14 AM stations and eight FM stations to the government.
Due to their failure to implement the resolution, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications again requested the KMT’s Cultural Affairs Department and the BCC in August 1993 to deal with the radio stations as soon as possible, as the BCC had promised, Lin said. Until now, the BCC has returned only three of the 14 AM and five of the eight FM stations, the GIO said, adding that BCC Deputy Manager Liu Kuan-shen reconfirmed the documents yesterday. BCC, after checking through the document, said it will return the 14 frequencies by the year’s end.