History - From PTS to TBS (1980-2007)

Premier Yun-suan Sun calls for the establishment of a public broadcasting service.

The Government Information Office drafts an outline for a Center for Producing Public TV Programs.

The Public TV Program Production and Broadcasting Committee is established under the Government Information Office. Time slots are requisitioned from three terrestrial TV stations to broadcast programs.

Program production is given to the Public TV Program Production and Broadcasting Team under the Chinese Public Television Broadcasting Development Foundation.

The Public Television Preparatory Committee is established after the Executive Yuan approves guidelines for installation. Seven specialists and scholars are enlisted to formulate draft legislation for the Public Television Act.

The Public Television Act is submitted to the Legislative Yuan for approval.

Activists from the cultural community form the Public Media Lobbying Alliance.

May 31st
The Public Television Act passes its third reading in the Legislative Yuan.

The Nomination and Review Committee of the Legislative Yuan approves 18 nominees for the 1st Board of Directors and Board of Supervisors of the Public Television Service Foundation. In its first meeting, the Board of Directors elects Feng-shan Wu as chair.

July 1st
The Public Television Service Foundation is established and launches broadcasting services.

December 9th
The Legislative Yuan passed amendments to the Broadcasting and Television Act, Cable Television Act, and Satellite Broadcasting Act. These amended laws prohibit the government, political parties, party affair personnel, appointed government officials, and elected public officials from investing in the broadcasting and television industries. In addition, government and political parties must withdraw their investments within two years after implementation of these three laws. Based on the government’s initial plan, Chinese Television System (CTS) would become publicly and privately owned.

January 3rd
The Legislative Yuan passed the Statute Regarding the Disposition of Government Shareholdings in the Terrestrial Television Industry, ushering in a new era of media free of political parties, government, and military.
January 16th
Liming Foundation donated CTS shares to the PTS Foundation.
March 31st
The special CTS shareholders meeting elected the new CTS board of directors and supervisors. The board was composed of 11 PTS directors and supervisors, six experts recommended by PTS, and six representatives from private shareholders. The first meeting of the new board of directors and supervisors was convened, and PTS chairman, Dr. Louis Chen was elected CTS chairman without remuneration. During the meeting, the appointments of Yuan Li as CTS president, Wu-sung Kao as vice president, and other executives were also approved. CTS became a public entity in due process. The establishment of the Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS), composed of PTS and CTS, was set into motion.
July 1st
Chinese Television went public, and the Taiwan Broadcasting System was formed.

January 1st
Hakka Television, Taiwan Indigenous Television and Taiwan Macroview Television merged to form the Taiwan Broadcasting System.

September 16 
The Government Information Office transacts purchase of non-government-owned Chinese Television System (CTS) shareholdings under the Act on the Disposition of Government Shareholdings in the Terrestrial Television Industry. With a price audited by a commission of the Executive Yuan, CTS completes the purchase from non-government shareholders. 
September 28 
Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation is established, equipped with media autonomy to plan and popularize Taiwan Indigenous Television.  

January 1, New Year's Day 
Taiwan Indigenous Television (TITV) breaks away from the Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS) and is now run by the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation.


Public Television Act (click)
Promulgated by Presidential Order
Hua Tsung (1) I No. 8600139050 on June 18, 1997
Revised Articles 2 and 24 promulgated by Presidential Order
Hua Tsung (1) I No. 9000203930 on October 17,2001
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About Public Television Service Foundation

Founded in 1998, Public Television Service (PTS) is the leading public service broadcaster in Taiwan. Operated as an independent public organization, PTS aims to provide value-added quality programming services covering a wide range of categories to present the diversity and creativity in Taiwan without the intervention of commercial and political power.
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