TaiwanPlus

TaiwanPlus
CountryROC (Taiwan)
Broadcast areainternational
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Ownership
OwnerPublic Television Service
Key peopleMichael Yu (CEO)
History
Launched30 August 2021; 2 years ago (2021-08-30) (online service)
3 October 2022; 18 months ago (2022-10-03) (linear TV channel)
FounderGovernment of the Republic of China
Availability
Terrestrial
DVB-T (Taiwan)channel 7
Streaming media
TaiwanPlus Official WebsiteTaiwanPlus
TaiwanPlus YouTubeYouTube

TaiwanPlus, is a public media based in Taipei. Launched on August 30, 2021, it offers live streaming and an international television channel, delivering a variety of content, including news, lifestyle features, technology, travel shows, entertainment programming, cultural insights, food content, and documentaries. TaiwanPlus is known for its diverse team of journalists, which includes both local and international reporters. The platform provides access to its streaming services through its website, mobile app, and 24-hour TV channel.

History

The service was launched on 30 August 2021. It is overseen by the Ministry of Culture (MOC) and operated by the Central News Agency (CNA). The MOC first publicly expressed interest in an international streaming service in July 2020, but a proposal involving the Public Television Service (PTS) was met with backlash that led to the proposal's abandonment, over criticism that it would be a vehicle for propaganda and constitute government interference with the PTS. The decision to give the operation responsibility to the CNA was made in May 2021 and the news agency promised to run the news on TaiwanPlus independently from its other operations. Starting in June 2022, the service is under the management of PTS.

The government of Taiwan has financed the service with NT$775 million ($23 million) and the aim of the service is to curb the influence of China Global Television Network operated by Beijing and project Taiwanese soft power through an all-English-language medium.

In 2022, the documentary series Road to Legacy—about indie pop in Taiwan—was released on the service. The show has received three nominations at the 57th Golden Bell Awards. In August 2022, the National Communications Commission (NCC) announced that TaiwanPlus would be made available on local television for domestic audiences following the platform’s transfer to PTS. The official launch took place on 3 October 2022.

On November 11, 2022, TaiwanPlus's website was blocked in China and the app removed from Apple China's App Store, didn't provide further explanation on the blockage.

Timeline

  • August 2021 TaiwanPlus is established.
  • August 2022 Viewership reaches  an all-timepeak following then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.  
  • October 2022 TaiwanPlus launched its TV channel in Taiwan, accompanied by a 24/7 YouTube livestream of the channel's content.
  • October 2022 Original series “Road to Legacy” wins Best Sound Design at the 57th Golden Bell Awards.  
  • November 2022  TaiwanPlus Live broadcast presents the special program “Decision 2022”covering the vote counting for nine-in-one elections.
  • December 2022  TaiwanPlus channel has achieved a cable television penetration rate of over 90%.
  • December 2022 TaiwanPlus social media platform has over 500,000 followers and subscribers.
  • April 2023 An exclusive documentary on director Tsai Ming-liang, “The Pursuit of a Cinematic Dreamwon the Bronze Award at the New York Film and TV Awards.  
  • August 2023 TaiwanPlus’s TV channel launches in the United States and Singapore.  
  • August 2023 Original program “The Jennie Show” wins a Silver Award for Best Asian Comedy Show at Content Asia awards.

See also


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