Radio row over deal on games

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 May, 1997, 12:00am

Radio Television Hong Kong has criticised game organisers after it failed to get the broadcasting rights for South China's exhibition matches against Chelsea and Manchester United.

Commercial Radio has won the right to cover the Chelsea game on May 20, while the Manchester United game on July 20 goes to another commercial station, Metro Broadcast.

Tai Keen-man, head of Radio One, criticised both games' organisers, ProEvents, for not notifying them about bidding for the rights.

'When we contacted the company, they told us they had already given the rights to other radio stations. We were not even informed about the bidding,' said Tai.

'If it is about money, they should have told us how much money they want, so that we can consider it.' A South China official said last night the decisions were commercial ones. 'Both the commercial stations offer their help with pre-match promotions. A public station may not be able to do so much,' said the official.