Macau plans cable service
By ADAM LEE in Macau
MACAU is planning to introduce cable and satellite television, but Chinese officials say they have received no notice of the proposals from Portugal.
The local authorities are planning to float the proposal with the Sino-Portuguese Joint Liaison Group (JLG) with a view to speeding up the introduction of cable and satellite projects.
The Macau Government is required to submit a memorandum on the proposal to the Chinese delegation of the JLG.
The monopoly contracts, when awarded, would still be in force after 1999 when Macau reverts to China. They must be approved by the Chinese.
A senior Chinese JLG official said nothing had yet been received from the Portuguese.
Sources close to the Portuguese officials said the monopoly contracts would be awarded for 15, 20 or 25 years, but no final decision had been made.
It is planned to set up a cable TV station with at least 20 channels, to provide the services of Macau TV's Cantonese and Portuguese channels, Portuguese TV International service channel and at least one of the four channels of the Chinese Central TV Station.