Shao Yu-ming, left, receives a contract from Lung Ying-tai, Taiwan's minister of culture, after being elected PTS chairman. (Photo/Liu Tsung-lung)
Shaw Yu-ming, former head of Taiwan's now defunct Government Information Office and spokesperson for the Cabinet, was elected Monday to serve as chairman of the country's Public Television Service.
The PTS board, comprising of 17 directors and three supervisors, was officially formed on June 25 after two and a half years of disputes over the selection of new board members.
On Monday, all but one of the board members attended the new board's inaugural meeting, in which they elected Shaw to lead the public broadcasting service.
Shaw said of his new job that he will devote himself to increasing PTS's reporting of international news.
Born in 1938, Shaw received his master's degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University near Boston and a PhD in history from the University of Chicago.
He served as director-general of the Government Information Office and spokesperson of the Executive Yuan from 1987 to 1991. The Government Information Office was merged with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May last year, while a spokesperson's office was established as part of the Executive Yuan.
Several attempts had been made to form a new board since December 2010, but the process was delayed because of disputes over board member issues and concerns that the TV station's independence could be infringed upon by board members with political axes to grind.
PTS is defined as an independent public broadcasting institution owned by the people and therefore requires a high degree of non-partisanship to get board members elected, a challenge in Taiwan's highly charged political environment.
Shaw Yu-ming 邵玉銘