The media in Taiwan is considered to be one of the freest and most competitive in Asia. Cable TV usage is high (around 80%) and there is also a wide selection of newspapers available covering most political viewpoints.
Cable television is prevalent in Taiwan, as a result of cheap subscription rates (typically around NT$550, or US$15 a month) and the paucity of free-to-air television, which comprises about 20 channels. Programming is mostly in Mandarin and Taiwanese with a few channels are in Hakka or English. There are also programs in other foreign-language, mainly east Asian and south-east Asian languages. Miniseries, called Taiwanese drama, are popular. There is a dedicated station for Taiwan’s Hakka minority as well as the arrival in 2005 of an aboriginal channel. There are around 100 channels with most stations being dedicated to a particular genre; such as game shows, news, anime, movies, sports and documentaries. Almost all programs are in the original language with traditional Chinese subtitles.
The cable television system comprises around one hundred different channels, ranging from news, sport, variety, game, music, children’s, foreign, movie and documentary channels.
There are many stations across the FM and AM spectrum broadcasting a wide variety of programming. Talk-shows, popular music and classic songs are some of the most frequently heard subjects. Exclusively Taiwanese-language stations have enjoyed a surge in popularity since the end of the martial law era and regulations restricting the use of languages other than Mandarin Chinese.
Broadcasting Corporation of China – National and regional networks
Radio Taiwan International – National broadcaster; also beams services to mainland China and the rest of the world with programmes in various languages and Chinese dialects
International Community Radio Taipei – Taiwan’s only national English-language station
Public Radio System – Government-run; travel, weather, social information
Hit Fm and Kiss Radio Taiwan both play popular Chinese music
UFO network – Second largest station in Taiwan. Very popular. Plays all different kinds of music such as C-pop, J-pop, and American pop
Voice of Han – Military Radio Station
Fuxing Radio – Military Radio Station
Taipei Broadcasting Station
National Education Radio
Wikipedia’s Taiwan Radio Station Table (in Chinese)
Most popular newspapers include:
Apple Daily (Pingguo Ribao) – Tabloid
China Times (Zhongguo Shibao)
Liberty Times (Ziyou Shibao)
United Daily News (Lianhe Bao)
Newspapers in English:
Taipei Times (Taibei Shibao, Chinese: ????)
Taiwan Today (Jinri Taiwan, Chinese: ????)
The China Post (Yingwen Zhongguo Youbao, Chinese: ??????)
The News Lens (Gu?njiàn pínglùn w?ng, Chinese: ?????)
Mandarin Daily News (Guoyu Ribao) – Children’s newspaper, written with Zhuyin accompanying the text
Taiwan Times (Taiwan Shibao)
Commercial Times (Gongshang Ribao)
DigiTimes (Dianzi Shibao) – IT industry news
Economic Daily News (Jingji Ribao)
Magazines and periodicals
In 1988, there were only about 3,400 magazine publishers in the country. Today, the number has been rapidly increasing to 4,827 (by August 2006). Magazines are various in different contents, including business, politics, entertainment, languages, lifestyle, technology, health, cooking, automobiles, women, education, traveling etc.
Taiwan is one of the most wired places in the world – broadband or cable modem access is relatively cheap and fast. In 2005 there were 13.8 million internet users and 2.8 million webhosts in Taiwan (for a total population of 22.9 million). A popular feature of even small towns are internet cafes (Chinese: ??, Pinyin: w?ngk?), which are often 24-hour and sell a variety of food and drink so that the mainly teenage online gamers who inhabit them do not have to stray too far from their monitors. Taiwan websites use the .tw domain.
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