Via LfC (simplified Chinese), and the 99th (traditional Chinese), Lin Huai-min, the founder of the renowned Cloud Gate Dance, talks about this view on Taiwan's papers, and media in general. I hope ESWN would find time to translate this.
I have met and chatted with Lin for a fairly long time (he was trapped in an airport lounge and a plane with me). I have great respect for him, more so after reading this. There are indeed many in Taiwan who are not simply Green or Blue. There are people who can think critically and who are fair to both extremities in the political camps. Lin is one of them. Lee Yuan Tseh is the other. (They are both Benshengren, and Lee was pivotal in sending CSB to presidency in 2000)
United Daily was a great paper, especially in literature and culture. Lin, as perhaps the most respected artist in Taiwan, was heartbroken to see the decline of such a great paper as it became a "Deep Blue" party organ.
United Daily is the sister paper of China Times. In the past China Times is a centrist light blue paper, while United Daily has always been Bluer. United has been very strong in art, literature and culture. This is also a market positioning issue. As China Times becomes bluer, the positioning of the two has bigger overlap. Sooner or later they would suffer from the same fate as their Evening counterparts. It makes more sense if they keep CT as a Blue organ, and shift United to the center. Because Apple Daily has already taken the centrist position (one of the reasons that AD TW will be more successful than AD HK). It is better to move United (than CT) because United has a edge over AD on culture/art areas, and the artists/academics are usually less political.
p.s. Forget the English blogs in Taiwan, or Taipei Times, or China Post, most of them are foreigner's propaganda for DPP (correction: China Post is propaganda for KMT). Read Lin Huai-min and Lee Yuan-Tseh.