A television commercial by a Taiwanese computer maker featuring an impersonation of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs hawking a tablet computer running the rival Android operating system has ignited a war of words in Taiwan and abroad.
Next Media was founded by high profile businessman Jimmy Lai, known for his support for democracy and criticism of China. It introduced tabloid-style journalism into Hong Kong and Taiwan, with the hugely successful Apple Daily. The group made a rare misstep by entering Taiwan’s saturated broadcasting market. In October 2012 it agreed to sell its loss-making Taiwan TV unit and to terminate its video-on-demand (VOD) services, but the deal fell through in March 2013.