Taiwanese broadcaster CTS slammed over North Korean news parody
Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 21-12-2011
Taiwanese broadcaster CTS has been criticised by the National Communications Commission (NCC) for airing a parody of North Korean anchorwoman Lee Chun Hee in the wake of former leader Kim Jong Il's death.
CTS News Department Manager Lin Shu-ching has offered to resign over the mishap, according to the China Post. Reporter Liang Fang-yu donned traditional Korean attire, called herself “Liang Chun Hee,” and garbled in a mixture of Chinese and a mimicry of the Korean language on Monday night.
NCC spokesperson Chen Jeng-chang called Liang's on-air behaviour “grossly exaggerated,” describing it as a “failure of common sense.” Scholars cite the incidence as further evidence of the devaluing of Taiwan news media into the realm of entertainment.
In a statement, CTS said: “The CTS is not only open to the response of its audience, but also has the courage for self-reflection." It is conducting an internal review and will submit its findings to experts and press council members on ways to make future improvements.
The NCC called the station's actions insensitive and disrespectful. Spokesman Chen pointed out that local media must be empathic at the passing of world leaders, regardless of whether the country has ties with Taiwan.