Formosa Television

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Formosa Television
Type Free-to-air nationwide TV
First air date
11 June 1997
Founded27 March 1996
by Chai Trong-Rong
Slogan 台灣的眼睛
(Eyes of Taiwan)
Broadcast area
OwnerFormosa Television Inc.
Official website
Formosa Television
Traditional Chinese 民間全民電視公司
Abbreviated Name
Traditional Chinese 民視
FTV rents office space within the Dun-Bei Great Wall Building in Taipei. Dun-Bei Great Wall Building 34-36 entry 20070429.jpg
FTV rents office space within the Dun-Bei Great Wall Building in Taipei.

Formosa Television (Chinese :民間全民電視公司; pinyin :Mínjiān Quánmín Diànshì Gōngsī; Pe̍h-ōe-jī :Bîn-kan Chôan-bîn Tiān-sī Kong-si) is a television station based in New Taipei, Taiwan. Established on March 27, 1996, FTV began broadcasting on June 11, 1997.


Formosa Television is also the first free-to-air television station which was established without direct relationship with any political party and department of Taiwan government. Because of the location of its headquarters, which is in an area where Taiwanese Hokkien speakers are populous, it also earned the reputation for being the first station in Taiwan to use that tongue in a majority of its programs, especially on its prime time newscasts.

On May 24, 2004, FTV was among the first free-to-air channels on Taiwan to switch from terrestrial analog signal to digital television. [1]

On New Year's Day (January 1) 2018 at midnight stroke, Formosa Television began its full 24-hour broadcasts because after due to Uni-President Enterprises Corporation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of golden jubilee with after midnight countdown of New Year's Eve at late-night to happy new year of New Year's Day at midnight.

One of its more popular broadcasts are the coverage of live matches of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Around the clock

In conjunction with New Year's Day on January 1, 2018 at midnight stroke, was Formosa Television's first day of 24-hour broadcasting because after due to Uni-President Enterprises Corporation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of golden jubilee with after midnight countdown of New Year's Eve at late-night to happy new year of New Year's Day at midnight.

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  1. (in English) Five major TV broadcasters begin switch to digital television June 30, 2004. Retrieved February 21, 2007.