When I went to buy a newspaper this morning I noticed the Taiwan News was in tabloid format. I did a quick Google search and found this CNA report which says they changed to the new format on 1 January.
I guess it may be a cost cutting measure. Twenty tabloid pages cost less to produce than sixteen broadsheet pages. It may also be seeking to differentiate itself from Taiwan's two other English-language newspapers. There has also been a worldwide trend in recent years for broadsheet newspapers to reduce their size — either to a narrower broadsheet format or tabloid size.
The Taiwan News is one of three daily English-language newspapers in Taiwan. The other two are the Taipei Times and the China Post. I wonder how much longer Taiwan's market can continue to support three newspapers, particularly with the intense competition that newspapers now face from the internet. I usually only buy a newspaper a couple of times a week, but read them online everyday.