"Every other news channel in Taiwan has now started animation sequences in their newscasts. Taiwan's market is leading, the government will catch-up."Which offers a few more clues. Next Media, led by its irrepressible leader Jimmy Lai, is evidently aware that the Taiwanese authorities are less than keen on its animated news segments, as this CNN story makes clear. The row culminated in the Government rejecting Lai's bid for a licence to launch a cable TV channel called Next TV. Seen in that context, Government efforts to distance itself from the video are unsurprising. What next? Lai will no doubt re-apply for a licence, and he claims he is in talks to export the CGI model to other markets worldwide. If nothing else, Lai's ability to ruffle feathers - so effectively demonstrated in Hong Kong - remains in fine fettle. And it gives me a welcome opportunity to revisit one my favourite articles: this profile I wrote of Lai after interviewing him in 2007. Funnily enough, at one point Lai talks about how online news has to become much more "image- and action-oriented." I'll admit, I had no idea this is what he meant.
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