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List of Top 39 Taiwan Newspapers & Taiwan Online Newspapers

Introduction to Taiwan Media     

Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC) is an island state located in East Asia on the Chinese coast. Taiwan which was once an integral part of the Chinese mainland has remained an independent state with an autonomous government since 1949.

The political situation of Taiwan and its sovereignty has been a matter on which the countries across the globe have different opinions on, especially the People’s Republic of China. The People’s Republic of China claims Taiwan to be an integral part of the Chinese mainland.

Being ruled by a democratically elected government, Taiwan gives immense importance to the fundamental rights of citizens. It is in fact one of the freest media environments in the entire Asian continent. Taiwan media greatly remains free from any government interference, surveillance or censoring.  Owing to these reasons Taiwan has secured the 43rd position among 180 countries and territories in the 2020 global press freedom index. Whereas, china stands at the 177th position.

The media history of Taiwan dates back to the period when Taiwan and the present day china were under the rule of Japanese Empire (1895 to 1945). In fact, not just the development of media even the economic and cultural development can be traced back to that period.

With the surrender of the Japanese in 1945 following WW2, they withdrew from china and the events that unfolded led to what is generally referred to the Chinese Communist Revolution (1945 to 1949). The civil war led to the communists gaining control over mainland China while the leadership of the KMT, Nationalist Party were forced to retreat to the Island of Taiwan.

Under the leadership of then-President Chiang Kai-shek of the KMT, Nationalist Party, Taiwan entered a Martial Law era between 1949 to 1987. During this period, freedom of the press was suppressed and the mainstream media were primarily used to popularise the ideologies of the KMT, Nationalist Party.

It was during this Martial law era, the Nationalist Party of Taiwan promulgated the Enforcement Rules for the Publications Act in 1952. This act banned the establishment of new media houses including newspapers and magazines. But this act failed in suppressing the voices of those who were against the martial law and the Autocratic rule. Which led to the government resort to alternative measures to suppress the voices and ideologies of the opposition.

Criminal charges were pressed against journalists who raised their voice against the Nationalist Party of Taiwan. The newspapers and alternative media houses began propagating the idea of democracy and the need for movements to push for a democratic government in Taiwan. Most of these media houses that spoke for the politically marginalised and for those whose plight and voices were not covered by the government controlled media houses.

With the lift of the Martial Law after 38 years, the Enforcement Rules for the Publications Act in 1952 was scrapped. The democratically elected government pushed forward many laws and policies that could bring about Freedom of Press in Taiwan. One such major reform was the new Radio and Television Broadcasting Law, which required the government, political parties and the Army to give up their shares in the electronic media shareholding by 26 December 2005.

Owing to these reforms, the Taiwan media has largely remained apolitical and unbiased. But recently China has begun gaining control over many mainstream media platforms and media houses in Taiwan. Many of Taiwan’s media houses and their outlets are being bought by the Pro-China media tycoons.

As of 2020, many electronic and traditional media houses have a close relationship with the Chinese Communist Party. And some are even found propagating Pro-Chinese ideologies.

In this article, we will have a look at the important newspapers, news websites and news agencies of Taiwan and discuss in detail about them.

The article has been arranged in the following order:

A. Taiwan Newspapers

B. Online newspapers & news websites in Taiwan

C. News agencies in Taiwan

D. TV & Radio stations in Taiwan

E. Business newspapers & news websites in Taiwan

F. Sports newspapers & news websites in Taiwan

A. Taiwan Newspapers

In this section, we will have a look at some of the prominent newspapers that are in circulation in Taiwan.

1. Liberty Times

Liberty Times is a daily newspaper in the traditional Chinese language that is circulated in Taiwan. The newspaper which is owned by the Liberty Times Group was first founded in the year 1980 by Lin Rong-San. Liberty Times first hit the newsstands on 17th April the same year. Since its inception, Liberty Times has had a Pro-Independence political stance and has remained a vocalist of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of Taiwan.

The newspaper covers all facets of national and international news including sports, politics, economy, business, regional news, and so on. Apart from the printed edition of the newspaper, Liberty Times also has an online news portal that is popular in Taiwan. Similar to the printed edition, the online news portal of Liberty Times covers important national & international news, sports news, updates on finance and economy, health, and other entertainment sections. The website also has dedicated section for each of this news and also a section for real estate, jobs and automobiles.

Liberty times also owns an online newsletter named “Freedom News” that was first launched in 2000. Freedom News is a free e-newsletter that caters to its readers’ news, image, video and audio content and in-depth reports of the events happening in Taiwan and around the world. This e-newsletter was founded with a focus on providing up to date information to the Taiwanese people who are living outside their country.

As per the latest readership survey, Liberty Times has a circulation of 2,810,000 copies, making it one of the leading daily newspapers in Taiwan.

Liberty Times Online

2. United Daily News

United Daily News is a popular daily newspaper in the Chinese language that is circulated in Taiwan. The newspaper was first founded in the year 1951 and it first entered circulation on September 16th the same year. United Daily News is one among the oldest newspapers in Taiwan that is still in circulation.  Though United Daily News entered circulation in 1951, it began gaining popularity in 1953 when the three newspapers viz; Popular Daily, National and the Economic Times merged into United Daily News.

The newspaper covers all facets of news and updates on national & international events, politics, policies, economy, sports, and many more. Over the years United Daily News has grown to become the third largest newspaper in Taiwan based on circulation.

 United Daily News also has an online website that was launched in 1000.  The website covers all facets of news that are covered on the printed edition. Apart from those, the website also has a dedicated section for updates and analysis on the stock market, the housing market, and so on.

The website is also regularly updated with important news headlines and in-depth coverage about them. There are also dedicated sections for updates on entertainment, lifestyle, automobiles, and so on.

Along with a strong online presence, United Daily News also has an active presence on various social media platforms. These social media handles are regularly updated with important news and updates.    

United Daily News Online

United Daily News Android App

3. Epoch Times

Epoch Times is a Chinese international daily, that is based out of the USA. The newspaper was founded in the year 2000 and first entered circulation in May. Epoch Times was founded by Mr. John Tang and some Chinese Americans as a response to the excessive media censorship done by the communist government in China. The founders who are known for their anti-communist stance also had an aim of creating Epoch Times into a free and independent media organization. An organization that could provide its global readers access to credible and uncensored information.

Within 3 years after launching, Epoch Times became the largest newspaper and news portal in the Chinese language outside mainland China. In 2003 Epoch Times expanded its global footprint by circulating the newspaper outside the USA into Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the major Western European countries.

Since its inception, Epoch Times is known for its anti-communist stance and their allegiance to right-wing ideologies and politicians. Owing to which Epoch Times has been known for their anti-China rhetoric. They are also known for propagating conspiracy theories and misinformation as a part of spreading the propaganda of right-wing parties and their ideologies.

Covering news in 21 languages and across 33 countries, the newspaper covers all facets of news and updates concerning US & China. Along with the launch of the newspaper, Epoch Times had also launched their official website which also served as an online news portal that can be accessed in both English and Chinese.

Similar to the printed edition of the newspapers, the website mainly covers news and updates concerning US & China and other important international news. There are dedicated sections on the website for the US and China. Apart from these, the website also covers international news, business, news, economic news, lifestyle, entertainment, tech, arts and culture and so on.

Epoch Times Online

Epoch Times ePaper

Epoch Times Android App

Epoch Times iOS App

4. Apple Daily

Apple Daily is a daily newspaper in Taiwan that is published in the Chinese language. The newspaper is owned by Next Digital Limited, which is the largest listed media company in Taiwan. Apple Daily was first launched in 2003 and it first hit the newsstands on 2nd May. Within years after launch, Apple daily became popular in Taiwan and its circulation increased. The newspaper holds a unique record of being the only newspaper in Taiwan that was published 365 days a year.

Owing to greater internet penetration in Taiwan and the high demand for digital newspapers, Apple daily became an online newspaper on 4th April 2019.

Apple daily covers all facets of national & international news, political news, updates on the economy, sports news, and many more. There are dedicated sections on the website for popular news, national news, international news, financial news, and many more. The website also caters to its user’s various entertainment news such as lifestyle, fashion, travel, and so on.

Apart from various articles and written reports, there are image and video content on the website. Though most contents are provided to the readers for free, some contents are exclusive for the paid users.

Apple Daily Online

Apple Daily Android App

Apple Daily iOS App

5. China Times

China Times is a daily newspaper in the Chinese language, that is printed and published out of Taiwan. The newspaper is owned by the ‘Want Want China Times Group’ and was founded in the year 1950. Making it one of the oldest and largest newspapers in Taiwan.

China Times first hit the newsstands on 1st February 1950 under the name Credit News. The name was again changed to Credit Newspaper from Credit News in the year 1960. When it was first launched in 1960, China Times was solely focused on the price indices. It was in the year 1960 that china times resorted to reporting other news.

The newspaper was finally renamed to China times on September 1st 1968 and colour print was introduced. It is interesting to note that China Times was the first newspaper in Asia to introduce colour print. In the year 2008, the newspaper was taken over by the Want Want holdings limited.

Want Want Holdings is owned by the Pro-Chinese business tycoon Tsai Eng-Meng. Owing to which China Times has an editorial policy that is pro-Chinese. There have been many reported incidents where the editors & journalists at China Times were forced to make their news coverage and reporting pro-Chinese.          

China Times covers all facets of national & international news, political news, updates on the economy, sports news, and many more. Apart from the printed edition of the newspaper, China Times also has an online news portal that covers all the news in the printed editions and other important updates and news.

There are dedicated sections on the website for different categories of news including national, international, political, Finance, cross-strait relationships and many more. The website also has dedicated sections for various updates on entertainment such as lifestyle, technology, travel, and many more. China Times also has a strong presence on various social media platforms.

China Times Online

China Times Android App

China Times iOS App

6. Commercial Times

Commercial times is a leading financial daily published and circulated in Taiwan. The newspaper is owned and published by the Want Want China Times Media Group. Commercial times was founded in the year 1978 and it first hit the newsstands on 1st December.

The newspaper was founded with a focus on reporting economic affairs and important news on international trade, international finance, cross-strait finance, investment and financial management, and stock market analysis. Since its inception in 1978, commercial times has been known for their quality of reporting and the detailed market analysis. The newspaper covers all facets of economic news concerning Taiwan and the global market.

Apart from the printed edition of the newspaper, Commercial Times also has an online news website that covers all news and updates that are covered in its printed edition. Other than these, there are dedicated sections on the website for securities,  financial management, the housing market, and so on

Commercial Times is known among its readers for the in-depth analysis and studies on the global financial market. These studies can be accessed by their readers from the official website. The website also caters to its users real time updates on the Taiwan stock market.

Though most of the content on the website is available to the users for free, there are some exclusive contents for the paid subscribers. Readers can choose to avail the paid subscription from the website.

Commercial times Online

7. Taipei Times

Taipei Times is an English daily newspaper that is printed and circulated in Taiwan. The newspaper was founded on 15th June 1999 by the Liberty Times Group. Though Taipei Times was the third English newspaper to be published in Taiwan, at present it is the only English daily that is in circulation.

Taipei Times was founded in 1999 with a focus on catering to the national and international reader’s news and updates from a Taiwanese perspective. Over the years Taipei Times has grown to be Taiwan’s most reliable source of news and updates concerning politics, business, sports, the arts and sciences, recreation and everyday life. Since its inception Taipei Times and its sister concern has had a Pro-Independence political stance, making it popular among Taiwan nationalists.

Taipei Times has close relationships and agreements with the prominent international news agencies and media organizations for exchange of news. Owing to which Taipei Times has become a trusted source of international news for the readers. The newspaper covers all facets of national, international & local news, political news, updates on economy and business, sports news, and many more.

Apart from the printed edition of the newspaper, Taipei Times also has an online website which also acts as an online news portal. The website covers and has dedicated sections for national news, business news, world news and sports news. Readers can also access the editorial articles written by many eminent journalists and writers from the website. Every content on the website is made available to the users for free.

Taipei Times also has an active presence on various social media platforms. Readers can also follow these social media handles to keep themselves updated.

Taipei Times Online

8. Taiwan People News

Taiwan People News is a bimonthly newspaper that is printed and published out of Taiwan. The newspaper is published by the Minbao Cultural Enterprises and was founded in 2014. It was the string of events that unfolded during the anti-media monopoly movement of 2012. Taiwan People News was founded with the focus of being an unbiased platform for social movement and vulnerable groups.

At present, Taiwan People News publishes a bimonthly newspaper, instant news website and a newsletter.

Taiwan People News covers all facets of news including national news, international news, political news, economic updates, and so on. There are dedicated sections on the website for each of these categories of news. Other than these the website also has sections for lifestyle, culture, forums, book reviews and videos. Every content on the website is made available to the users for free.              Another important section on the website is the one for instant news. This section is regularly updated with important news of the hour.

Taiwan People News also has an active presence on various social media platforms. Readers can choose to follow these pages to keep themselves updated on the important events happening in Taiwan.

Taiwan People News Online

9. Mandarin Daily News

Mandarin Daily News (MDN) is a children’s daily newspaper in Taiwan in the traditional Chinese language. The newspaper was founded in the year 1098 and first hit the newsstands the same year on 25th October.

The newspaper mainly covers news and updates concerning children such as educational courses, competitions, workshops, and so on. Apart from the printed edition, MDV also has an online website that covers all the contents on its printed edition. Other than these, the website has sections for updates on new courses, books for children, entertainment sections, and so on.          

Mandarin Daily News Online

Mandarin Daily News Android App

10. Taiwan Journal

Taiwan Journal is a government-owned English weekly newspaper that is based out of Taiwan. The newspaper was first launched on March 1, 1964, under the name Free China Weekly. It was launched against the communist regime in mainland China. Over the years Free China Weekly was renamed to Free China Journal, Taipei Journal, and finally to Taiwan Journal in 2003.

The newspaper is published every Friday and has 8 pages in it. It covers Taiwan-related international news, national news, economic news and has pages for editorials too.

Other than the printed edition of the newspaper, Taiwan Journal also has an online website which acts like an online news portal. The website, unlike the printed edition, is updated every day. The popular sections on the website are snapshots, weekly opinion pieces and features and opinion and features.

Taiwan Journal Online

11. Youth Daily News

Youth Daily News is a daily official newspaper that is published by the government of the Republic of China. The newspaper was founded with a focus on uniting the civilian and military youth to complete the revolutionary mission. It is also focussed on promoting the armed force’s publicity among the citizens of Taiwan. When Youth Daily News was first launched, it was named Young Soldier. It was in 1973 the newspaper was renamed to Youth Daily News as a part of its rebranding campaign.

Apart from the printed edition of the newspaper, Youth Daily News also has an active online presence on the internet and various social media platforms. It is through these mediums, they publicise the capabilities and battle readiness of the armed forces of Taiwan.

Youth Daily News Online

Youth Daily News Android App

Youth Daily News iOS App

B. Online Newspapers & News Websites in Taiwan

Taiwan being a country with unrestricted media freedom, there is a lot of free press and online media in the country. In this section, we will have a look at the various online newspapers in Taiwan.

12. ETtoday

ETtoday is a popular online news portal in Taiwan that was first launched in 2011 and is based out of Taiwan, Jiangsu. This news website was initially launched as Dongsen News in the year 2000 and remained active until 2008. In the following years, the website was sold to China United Digital Image Co., Ltd. The company later renamed the website into ETtoday News Cloud. It was finally renamed to ETtoday on April 24th, 2017.

The news portal covers all facets of news including national, international, politics, economy business, sports, and so on. Apart from these they also have a dedicated section for entertainment news.

ETtoday Online

ETtoday Android App

ETtoday iOS App

13. SETN

SETN is the official website of SET News, Taiwan which is a prominent 24hrs TV news channel. The website was first launched on November 12th, 2013. Being an online news portal, the website covers all facets of news including national & international events and happenings, sports, economics, politics, and so on.  The website is regularly updated with video clippings of important news from their TV Channel.

Similar to the SETN TV news channel the website also has a lot of image, audio and video contents on national and international events, political analysis, economic analysis, and so on. Apart from covering news and updates, there are dedicated sections on the website for local news, updates on automobile, health, lifestyle, gossips, technology and pet. There is also a dedicated section on the website for important news of the week arranged in chronological order.

The official website of SET News is deemed as the first news portal in Taiwan to be perfectly integrated with TV. The website is ranked first in the Comscore’s top ten websites in Taiwan.

SETN Online

14. NOWnews

NOWnews is a popular online news portal in Taiwan that was first launched in April 2008. This news portal was launched with a focus on being an influential news media portal in Taiwan. Over the years NOWnews has grown exponentially to become one among the top 10 news portals in Taiwan. The website is renowned in Taiwan for catering to its readers, the fastest real-time updates and news. What sets NOWnews apart from other online news portals is the fact that they also provide a wide array of audio and video contents.

NOWnews covers all facets of news and updates regarding national & international events, regional events, politics, finance, sports, automobile, politics, policies, tourism, technology & lifestyle. There are dedicated sections for each of these aforementioned sections. Apart from these, there is a dedicated section on their website for news highlights divided into three categories viz; Popular, Focus & Immediate. Readers can also choose to access the free audio and video contents from their website.

Another important section on the website is the one for Featured Topics”. This section contains articles and news reports on various featured topics from Taiwan and around the globe.

Other than covering news and updates, NOWnews also hosts many interviews and live talk sessions with politicians, businessmen and other prominent figures. These interviews are focussed on catering to their readers’ various perspectives and in-depth analysis of various topics that have both national and international significance.

NOWnews Online

NOWnews Android App

15. China Post

China Post is a popular online news portal in Taiwan that was once a popular English daily newspaper in Taiwan. The newspaper was founded in the year 1952 by Mr. and Mrs. Y. P. Huang. It was the first English newspaper in Taiwan. Within a few years, after it was first launched, China post had an exponential growth in circulation and coverage owing to which they did an enormous global expansion.

At one point in time, China Post was being airmailed to countries in Asia, Europe and America to cater to the overseas citizens of Taiwan. The newspaper has become so popular that according to the publishers they had a circulation of about 400,000 copies per day. Another major milestone in the history of China post was when it joined Asia News Network, a regional newspaper coalition based in South, Southeast and Northeast Asia in 2008.

Considering the high rate of internet penetration in Taiwan and a shift in the trend towards digital media, Chine post launched its website and mobile applications in 2016.  Following which in 2017, China Post declared cancelling the printed edition of the newspaper and a complete transition into digital platforms. In the following years, China Post merged with the media giant NOWnews.

China Post covers all facets of news and updates on national & international events, politics, economy, finance, sports, and so on. There is a dedicated section on the website for national news where readers can access everything from cross-strait relations, economy, politics, culture, education, lifestyle and many more.  There are also sections on the website for Asian news, a dedicated video gallery, and many more.

Apart from a strong online presence, China Post also has an active presence on various social media platforms. Similar to the website, their social media handles are regularly updated with important news.

China Post Online

China Post Android App

16. Storm Media

Storm Media is an online news media platform based out of Taipei, Taiwan. This news portal is owned by the Guofeng Media Group and was first launched on 15th January 2014. Storm Media has a team of experienced journalists and reporters working for them.

What sets Storm Media apart from other online news media platforms is the fact that they have collaborations with many mainstream news agencies in Taiwan and across the globe. For instance, Storm Media has an agreement with BBC & German news agencies for the exchange of news. They also have a close relationship with Xinhua News Agency (The official news agency of China).

The newspaper covers all facets of national & international news, politics, economic news, sports news, lifestyle, technology, automobile and other entertainments sections. There are dedicated sections on the website for each of these categories of news. The website also caters to its real-time updates on the Taiwan stock market. Readers can also access the international edition of The Wall Street Journal in the Chinese language from the website.

Apart from covering this news, there are sections on the website solely for entertainment news. Readers can access celebrity interviews, gossips, news and updates on lifestyle, travel & tourism, technology, books, and so on.

As you scroll down the website you can see separate sections for domestic news, featured news and in-depth analysis about them and international news.

Storm Media Online

Storm Media Android App

Storm Media iOS App

17. New Talk

New Talk is a popular online news portal in Taiwan. The website was first launched on September 1st, 2009. Since its inception, New Talk has been known for the unbiased reporting and for providing unbiased & credible information to their readers.

The website covers all facets of national & international news, economic news, political news, updates on sports, and much other entertainment news too. There are dedicated sections on the website for each of these categories of news. Apart from these, there are dedicated sections for entertainment news, updates on games, travel & tourism, technology, automobile, food, art, and so on. As you scroll down the website there are sections for the Top 5 news of the day, important headlines and hot topics of the day.    

Along with an active presence on the internet, New Talk also has an active presence on various social media platforms. These social media handles are regularly updated with important news and updates. Readers can choose to follow these social media handles to keep themselves updated.

New Talk Online

18. The News Lens

The News Lens is an online news website that is based out of Taiwan & Hong Kong. The news portal was first launched in 2015, with a focus of catering to its readers unbiased & trusty news and information. News Lens is a bilingual website and is mainly focused on reporting the news and updates concerning Greater China and South East Asia to its global pool of readers.

Being a media organization that is funded by angel and venture capitals, News Lens has always had an independent and free editorial policy. Owing to which the website has grown to be a trusted source of information for many.

The website reports news, updates and analysis regarding national issues, international issues, politics, business and economics, lifestyle, technology, art, culture and many more. There are dedicated sections of the website for news and updates from Taiwan, Stories from Asia and cultural passport. Apart from this, as you scroll down the website there are separate sections for trending articles, featured stories, latest news, most read news and many more.

The News Lens is known among its readers for the section policy debates. This section contains an in-depth analysis of the latest policies of Taiwan written by eminent journalists.

The News Lens Online

The News Lens Android App

The News Lens iOS App

19. Up Media

Up Media is an online news portal in Taiwan that was launched in 2016 and has since been based out of Taipei City, Taiwan. The online portal that is in the Chinese language caters to its readers spread across Taiwan and its expatriates.

Up Media was founded with a focus on catering to its reader’s with all facets of regional news reported from the length and breadth of the country. One among the many things that have gained Up Media its popularity is their commitment towards reporting news with depth & different perspectives.

The website covers all facets of news and updates on national, international and regional matters, sports, economy, politics, and so on. There are dedicated sections on the website for each of the aforementioned categories of news. Apart from these, there are sections for hot news, latest news, lifestyle technology, travel, games, and many more. Another important section on the website is the ‘Everyone Forum’. Readers can access the articles written by experts on various issues happening across the globe.

Apart from a strong online presence, Up Media also has an active presence on various social media platforms. These social media handles are regularly updated with important news and updates. Readers can choose to follow these pages to keep themselves updated.

Up Media Online

20. Taiwan Info

Taiwan Info is an online news website in the French language that is owned by the ministry of foreign affairs of Taiwan. The website was first launched on April 1st, 2002 and is the first French news website in Taiwan. Taiwan info was founded with a focus on catering to the French nationals in Taiwan.

Taiwan Info has close business relationships and agreement for the exchange of news between some of the famous media houses and publication agencies in Taiwan. For instance, The China Post, Taiwan News, Taipei Times, Central News Agency, and so on.

The website covers all facets of national and international news, political news, updates on the economy, sports, and so on. There are dedicated sections on the website for each of these categories of news. There are also sections on the website that are solely focused on reporting the updates on the relationship between Taiwan and China.

Apart from reporting news, the website also caters to its readers’ updates on lifestyle, fashion, nature, culture, science and technology & automobiles

Though Taiwan info is an online news portal catering to the French community in Taiwan, they have other publications too. The other publications are Taiwan today (English and Japanese), Taiwan Review (English), Taiwan Panorama (Chinese, English, Japanese) and Taiwan Heute (German).

Other than the printed publication and the online website, Taiwan Info also has a strong presence in various social media platforms. These social media handles are regularly updated with the latest news similar to the online news portal.

Taiwan Info‎ Online

21. CnYes

CnYes is an online business news website based out of Taipei, Taiwan that was first launched in 1999. The news portal is owned by the Anue Juheng group who are deemed as the trusted partner by investors in Taiwan.  CnYes is known among its readers for the real-time financial news from Taiwan and abroad.

The team of professional journalists at CnYes report the latest financial news and updates without any bias. Owing to which this website gained popularity within years after they first launched.  CnYes also has close relationships and agreement for the exchange of news between many prominent international media organizations and news agencies.

The website covers all facets of news and updates on the economy of Taiwan and the global market. There are dedicated sections on the website providing in-depth analysis and live updates on Taiwan’s stock market, News on international market & foreign exchanges, International stock market, trading, funds, Banking sector, and so on.

The section named ‘Stock Market Talk’ is renowned among the investors in Taiwan.  It covers real-time updates on the stock market, stock real-time quotes, and many more. Another important feature on the website is the ‘Stock Market Talk’ chat function that lets investors network. Many budding investors rely on this feature to keep themselves updated on the latest investment trends and to learn from experienced investors. Apart from these, there are articles and blogs on various financial news and topics on the website.

Most of the contents on the website are available to the users for free but there are some premium contents on the website too.

CnYes Online

CnYes Android App

CnYes iOS App

22. Taiwan News

Taiwan News was a daily English newspaper that was in circulation until 2015. At present Taiwan News is an online news portal. The newspaper was founded In the year 1949 and it first entered circulation the same year on 6th June. Taiwan News when it was first launched was named ‘China Times’ and was founded by the Journalist James Wei. James Wei who was a former officer at the Ministry of Information founded this newspaper to cater to the foreign nationals and the local population of Taiwan.

China News gained popularity fast because it was the only English daily in Taiwan. The newspaper remained in circulation smoothly until it ran into a financial crisis in 1996. To tackle the financial crunch, China News started selling its shares. In the year 1999, I-Mei Foods bought a 50% stake in the newspaper for USD1.8 million.

The following years saw China News being renamed to Taiwan News and the existing management was changed. Considering the fast-paced internet penetration in Taiwan and the rise in demand for digital mediums, Taiwan news launched their official website. On 28th February 2015, Taiwan news announced a complete shift to the digital medium and they ceased publishing their printed edition.

The online newspaper covers national & international news, updates on politics, economy and business sector, sports, lifestyle, technology, automobile, and other entertainment news. There are dedicated sections on the website for these categories of news. The online portal is regularly updated with the latest news & updates.

Taiwan News also has a strong presence in various social media platforms. These social media pages are regularly updated with the latest news and updates. Readers can choose to follow these pages to keep themselves updated.

Taiwan News Online

Taiwan News Android App

Taiwan News iOS App

23. Tourism Bureau

Tourism Bureau is the official website of the Tourism Bureau, Republic of China and is based out of Taipei.     The website was founded with a focus on helping the tourists to Taiwan by providing them information about the tourist destinations, cultural heritage of Taiwan, attractions, festivals, food and many more.

There are dedicated sections on the website for news, attractions, festivals, food, shopping, accommodation, travel suggestions, and media. Apart from these, there is a section on the website where the latest news and updates concerning the tourism sector are regularly updated. There is also a section for useful travel services that can be availed by the users for free.

They also have a strong presence on various social media platforms. These social media handles are regularly updated with the news and updates concerning the tourism sector of Taiwan.

Tourism Bureau Online

24. DigiTimes

DigiTimes is a daily newspaper in Taiwan that first entered circulation in the year 1998.  As the name suggests, it is a newspaper catering to the electronic industries and tech enthusiasts in Taiwan and Greater China.

DigiTimes is deemed to be the first industrial newspaper in Taiwan covering all facets of news and updates concerning semiconductors, panels, personal computers, mobile phones, key parts and other traditional electronics industries. The newspaper is widely circulated among industrialists and tech enthusiasts as a daily E-Paper. Apart from which, it is also accessed by many through its online news portal. DigiTimes caters to a wide array of industries ranging from semiconductor manufacturers, CarTech, and green energy to internet & e-commerce spread across the globe.

The online website of DigiTimes has dedicated sections for server, automobile technology, smart manufacturing, smart city, smart healthcare, and so on. The website is updated with the latest stories, researches, and views & opinions of notable tech giants and developers. Other than the written contents, there are many video contents on the website which the users can access for free. Though most contents on the website are made available to the users for free, there are some premium contents and facilities that are exclusive for the paid customers.

Apart from being a leading source of news & updates from the tech industry, DigiTimes is also renowned for organising seminars & events with the most professional content.

DigiTimes Online

25. Talk

Talk is an online magazine published by the Talk Life Media company based out of Taiwan. The magazine was founded with the focus of being a web-based collaboration platform for web celebrities and editors. Talk magazine caters to a wide range of readers in Taiwan and across the globe. Over the years Talk magazine has grown to become the most preferred self-media service platform for celebrities, entertainers, experts and opinion leaders.

Apart from the Talk magazine, the Talk Life Media also publishes category magazines, media magazines, local magazines, celebrity magazines, brand magazines, overseas magazines & campus magazines.

All of these magazines can be accessed from the official website of the Talk Life Media company. Other than these magazines, readers can access Tao Ke TV from the website, popular articles, articles on the latest topics and many more from the website.

Talk Online

26. Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC)

Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC) is a prominent broadcasting company in Taiwan. It was first launched as the Central Broadcasting System based out of Greater China in 1928. When first launched it was the first Chinese-run radio station with a good infrastructure. It was renamed to Broadcasting Corporation of China in 1947. Following the Chinese civil war and the loss of the nationalist party, BCC shifted its base to Taiwan.

BCC which was a government organization was privatised and sold to the China Times group in 2005. At present, BCC is a private firm and has the most radio network services in Taiwan.

BCC Online

27. PeoPo

PeoPo is an online news portal in Taiwan that was first launched in 2007. It is mainly a citizen journalist portal and it covers all categories of news including national, economy, community, sports, agriculture, technology, lifestyle, politics, and so on. Readers can choose to read from the English and Mandarin version of the website.

There are dedicated sections for each of the aforementioned categories of news and latest news. Apart from written contents, there is a lot of image and video content on the website. Though most of the content on the website are provided free of cost to its readers, there are some exclusive contents for the premium users.

PeoPo Online

C. News Agencies in Taiwan

In this section, we will have a look at the prominent news agencies in Taiwan.

28. Central News Agency (CNA)

Central News Agency is a state-owned news agency in Taiwan which is also their official news agency. The agency was founded in the year 1924 by the Chinese Nationalist Party and was headquartered at Guangzhou of mainland China. After the events that followed the Chinese civil war, CAN shifted its headquarters to Taipei, Taiwan. It is after CAN left, the Chinese founded their official news agency Xinhua.

CNA is renowned for the crucial role they played in reporting China’s war against Japan, Taiwan’s liberation from Japan, the Chinese civil war, and many more. It is because of this crucial role CNA played in reporting that helped it become the 5th largest news agency in the world. At present, CAN has a team of around 300 journalists and other staffs and overseas branches in some 35 countries. CAN is known for their close association with the renowned news agencies across the world like Associated Press from the US, Reuters, and France-based Agence France Presse.

CNA has an official website that functions as an online news portal catering to a wide array of readers. The online website covers all facets of national & international news, political news, economic news, updates on sports, and many more.

There are dedicated sections on the website for the latest news, politics, cross-strait news (focussed on Taiwan and mainland China), Business news, and updates on science and technology. Apart from these, there is also a dedicated section for photo and video gallery. Every content including the image and video are available to the users for free.

Central News Agency Online

D. TV & Radio Stations in Taiwan

Taiwan was once an integral part of mainland China. Owing to which the history of many TV & Radio stations can be traced back to mainland China.

In this section, we will have a look at the prominent TV & Radio stations in Taiwan.

29. Radio Taiwan International

Radio Taiwan International (RTI) is the official radio station of Taiwan that is broadcasted in 13 different languages across the globe including China. The history of RTI dates back to the year 1928 when it was first launched under the name ‘Central Broadcasting System’. It was founded as a means to propagate the ideologies and policies of the Kuomintang (KMT) government of present-day Taiwan and was based out of Nanking, mainland China.

The surrender of the Japanese in WW2 marked the beginning of the civil war in China. Following which the KMT was forced to retreat to present-day Taiwan in 1949. Owing to which the Central Broadcasting System (CBS) too moved with them.

In the years that followed saw a lot of restructuring happening in CBS. CBS had different call signs for their broadcasts to various countries. For instance, the broadcast to mainland China was called Radio Taipei International and Voice of Asia. Whereas, the broadcast to Asia-Pacific region was called Voice of Asia. In the year 2002, all these different call signs were consolidated to one; Radio Taiwan International. RTI currently broadcasts to the following regions Australia, New Zealand, China, Europe, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, South Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.       

RTI broadcasts various entertainment and news programs. Apart from the radio station, RTI also has an online website and a dedicated section on the website for news and updates. It covers all facets -of national & international news, updates on Taiwan-China relations, economic news, political news, science and technology, and many more.

Radio Taiwan International Online

Radio Taiwan International Android App

Radio Taiwan International iOS App

30. Chinese Television System

Chinese Television System (CTS) is a terrestrial TV station in Taiwan that was founded in 1971. The channel first went on air on October 31st the same year. The history of Chinese Television System dates back to 1971 when it was founded as a Joint venture between the Republic of China Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Education. Within years after it was launched the Chinese Television system started gaining popularity. In 1998 the channel crossed a major milestone when it was commissioned by the central government of Taiwan for their electronic government program.

In the year 2006 Chinese Television System was incorporated into the island state’s consortium of public television stations. The channel airs different types of programs ranging from entertainment, informative and to the news.

Chinese Television System also has an online website and a dedicated online news portal on it. The website covers all the news that is aired on television. Chinese Television System in general covers national & International news, updates on economy & business, sports, politics, policies, and so on.

There are dedicated sections on the website for news highlights, meteorological report,                politics, art, entertainment,         lifestyle and finance. Readers can also access live news from the website. Readers can also follow their social media handles for timely updates.

Chinese Television System Online

Chinese Television System iOS App

31. Taiwan Television Enterprise (TTV)

Taiwan Television Enterprise is the first terrestrial station in Taiwan that was founded on April 28th, 1962 and first went air on 11th October 1962. Over the years Taiwan Television gained popularity and Taiwan Television News channel was launched. TTV is a dedicated news channel that is aired 24*7. The channel covers all facets of national & international news, economic news, political news, sports news, and so on.

TTV also has a dedicated news portal covering all these categories of news. Other than these, the website also has sections for lifestyle, technology, entertainment, leisure, industry, and many more. Apart from the news portal, TTV has an active presence on various social media platforms. Readers can also follow these pages for prompt updates on news.

Taiwan Television Enterprise Online

32. Formosa Television (FTV)

Formosa Television is a TV station that is based out of Taipei, Taiwan. It was founded in the year 1997 by the Formosa Television Inc. and first went air on 11th June of the same year.  FTV is known among the people of Taiwan for the Taiwanese Hokkien tongue in all the programs that they air.

They air a variety of programs along with news on the channel. There is a dedicated section on the official website of Formosa Television for news. Similar to the news reporting in the television, the website also covers national news, international news, sports news, updates on economy and many more.

Being a popular TV station, Formosa Television also has an active presence on various social media platforms. Readers can choose to follow these pages for prompt updates.

Formosa Television Online

Formosa Television Android App

Formosa Television iOS App

E. Business Newspapers and News Websites

Taiwan is a country with a GDP of $586.104 billion. In this section, we will have a look at the leading Business Newspapers and News Websites in Taiwan.

33. Business Weekly

Business Weekly is a weekly business newspaper that is printed and circulated in Taiwan. The newspaper was founded in the year 1987 by the Shangzhou Group. Apart from the printed edition of the newspaper that is circulated weekly, they also have an online website. This online website covers all categories of news and updates concerning the economy of Taiwan and the prominent countries of the world.

There are dedicated sections on the website for the latest articles, International market, finance, and so on. Other than these, the website also has a dedicated video gallery. Though most of the contents on the website are available for free, there are some contents exclusively for the paid users.

Business Weekly Online

Business Weekly Android App

Business Weekly iOS App

34. Business – Apple Daily

Apple daily is a popular daily newspaper that is based out of Hong Kong. The newspaper owned by the Next Digital group was founded in the year 1995 by the Hong Kong entrepreneur Jimmy Lai. Apple Daily that is in circulation in Taiwan is the joint venture between the Next Digital group and other Taiwanese companies.

Since its inception in 1995, Apple Daily has been critical of the Chinese Government and pro-democracy stance. Owing to which, the newspaper gained a good momentum when it was launched in Taiwan.  The newspaper covers all facets of national & international news, sports news, political news, updates on the economy, and many more.

Apart from the printed edition of the newspaper, Apple Daily has an online website that also acts as an online news portal. There is a dedicated section on the website for news and updates on the economy.

The finance section in this news portal covers in detail about the news and updates concerning the economy of Taiwan and other prominent countries. This portal is regularly updated with important news and updates, in-depth articles and analysis in the market scenarios, and so on. Most of the content on the website is available for free but they do have some exclusive contents for the premium users.

Business-Apple daily Online

Business-Apple daily Android App

Business-Apple daily iOS App

35. Taiwan Business News Network

Taiwan Business News Network is an online news platform owned by the Asian Network. It was established in the year 2001 with a focus on providing real-time and credible information & updates on the scenario of Taiwan, Greater China, Hong Kong & Singapore. The website covers all facets of news and updates concerning the economy of the aforementioned countries.

The website also covers technology news, updates on various industries, information about various. trade shows, and so on.

Taiwan Business News Network Online

36. Taiwan Chamber of Commerce (TCOC)

Taiwan Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1946 with a focus on promoting domestic and foreign trade, promoting economic development, coordinating business relations and promoting common interests.                                     

The official website of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce also acts as an online business news portal catering to the reader’s latest news, updates and in-depth analysis on the national and global market. There are many interesting articles and analysis written by prominent industrialists and economists on the website on various topics. Every content on the website is provided to the readers for free.

Taiwan Chamber of Commerce Online

F. Sports Newspapers and News Websites

In this section, we will have a look at the leading sports newspapers and news websites in Taiwan.

37. Videoland Sports

Videoland sports is a TV sports channel owned by the Videoland Television Network. This channel is credited with promoting sports in Taiwan. The channel covers various sporting events that are happening in and around Taiwan. It is important to note that Videoland Sports is also the official media partner of the National Basketball Association.

Apart from a TV channel, Videoland Sports also have an online news portal exclusively for sports news. The website mainly covers news and updates about the NBA, baseball & football. Videoland Sports also has an active presence on various social media platforms. Readers can choose to follow these pages for prompt updates.

Videoland sports Online

38. LTSports

LTSports is an online media platform in Taiwan exclusively for covering national & international sports news.It mainly covers news and updates on Baseball, Basketball, Football and Tennis. There are dedicated sections on the website for these sports. Other than these, there are many articles and reports on various sporting events and players written by eminent sports journalists which the readers can access.

There is also a section for hot news, where there are detailed articles on the important news highlights concerning various sporting events. LTSports also has an active presence on Facebook readers can follow these pages for prompt updates.

LTSports Online

39. Yahoo Taiwan Sports

Taiwan being a country with a market for sports news, the global online media giant Yahoo has a dedicated section on its Taiwan website for sports. This section covers news and updates on various sporting events that are happening in and around Taiwan. The website mainly focuses on covering news and updates on baseball, basketball, golf & tennis.

An important section on the website is the one for audio news on important events and happenings in the sports world. The entire content on the website including written, audios, images and videos are available to the users for free.

Yahoo Taiwan Sports Online

Yahoo Taiwan Sports Android App

Yahoo Taiwan Sports iOS App

Conclusion

Taiwan was a country which was once under the tight grip of martial law and the Taiwan media was tightly controlled. Following the revoking of martial law that had suppressed the media industry for ages, press freedom began resurfacing.  30 years down the lane, Taiwan has become the beacon for press freedom in the Asian continent. As per the 2015 World Press Freedom Index, Taiwan ranks 43rd out of 180 countries.

The years since the revoking of the martial in 1987 law saw the rapid proliferation of media houses. There were only 31 newspapers in circulation before 1987 and the years that followed saw the sprouting up of many news media houses. As of 2020, there are about 2000 newspaper, 4,400 magazines, and around 277 TV channels in Taiwan.                        

A major challenge faced by the large number of newspapers in Taiwan is the drop in circulation. Internet penetration in Taiwan was at 18% in 2000 and it increased to 79% in 2015. Owing to which the demand for digital news media increased which led to the drop in circulation of most newspapers. The leading media houses are improving their online portals and some have even begun takin baby steps into the world of mobile applications.

Another serious threat that is looming over Taiwan is the bias of media towards the Pro-China Kuomintang (KMT) or the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that has a pro-independence stance. Owing to which there have been instances of politically biased reporting.

There has been an increase in the Chinese investment in the media industry of Taiwan. With the Chinese investment on the largest newspaper Apple Daily in Taiwan, Chinese consortiums will control around 50% of media in Taiwan which is a matter a concern.

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