NTU jour­nal­ism pro­fes­sor re­signs to host TV shows

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY LAURA LIN

Peng Wen-cheng ( ), a jour­nal­ism pro­fes­sor at the Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity (NTU), said yesterday that he has de­cided to re­sign from teach­ing and re­sume a ca­reer in media af­fairs to pro­tect the Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Jour­nal­ism (

) of NTU from con­tro­versy. Ac­cord­ing to ear­lier re­ports, Peng is get­ting back into the media in­dus­try as a TV show host. His hold­ing another job out­side school has caused some public out­cry.

Nev­er­the­less, the Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Jour­nal­ism has ap­proved Peng’s ap­pli­ca­tion for another po­si­tion out­side school but the de­ci­sion is pend­ing the school’s fi­nal re­view, ac­cord­ing to CNA.

On June 1 this year, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Wu Se-hwa ( ) sent an of­fi­cial doc­u­ment to NTU to re­quest that the school fin­ishes the re­view process within one month.

Peng was asked to cease host­ing TV shows tem­po­rar­ily while the re­view is un­der way, the min­is­ter said.

Some alumni of the Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Jour­nal­ism in NTU re­port­edly started a pe­ti­tion online, de­mand­ing that the school au­thor- ity re-ex­am­ine his case of get­ting another job and not shirk their du­ties.

Peng Wen-cheng posted a state­ment on his Face­book page yesterday, say­ing that the is­sue has brought too much con­tro­versy and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion to the NTU, and there­fore he has cho­sen to leave the school in which he had taught for 20 years and would start host­ing a TV show by late yesterday.

In his state­ment he also told his stu­dents that rather than quit­ting, he is ac­tu­ally mov­ing his class­room to TV. He ex­plained that the max­i­mum num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in his class­room is now 23,470,000. All stu­dents can join his class, he said.

As soon as he posted the state­ment, stu­dents com­mented be­low, show­ing sup­port. One stu­dent com­mented that he would stay tuned to Peng’s “class” and would al­ways be there on time.

The head of NTU jour­nal­ism school Wang Tai-li ( ) said in an in­ter­view that Peng had sent a let­ter to in­di­cate his de­ci­sion to re­sign, but he still has to send an of­fi­cial let­ter to com­plete the pro­ce­dure.

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