Taiwan denies CTi News application to renew license
Taiwan’s telecom and broadcasting service regulator on Wednesday denied an application from CTi News to renew its license, effectively shutting down the cable news channel.
CTi News’ license is valid until December 11, and the rejection will force the channel to cease operations by that date. TV channels in Taiwan are required to renew their licenses every six years.
The regulatory agency said that CTi News had repeatedly violated regulations, received an increasing number of complaints from viewers, and failed to exercise professionalism and impose an effective internal control mechanism.
However, the decision has been viewed by the public and many insiders to be politically motivated, as CTi News has clearly spoken out against “Taiwan independence.”
CTi News said the decision was “a political verdict” and that it will use all legal means to “fight until the end.”