Massive undertaking

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 June, 1999, 12:00am

I refer to the letter from Hans Ebert headlined, 'No live ties' (South China Morning Post, June 15).

Responding swiftly to requests of cricket fans, Cable TV entered a deal with ESPN/Star Sports to bring the cricket World Cup to Hong Kong.

We have carried a total of 11 crucial matches of the world tournament on Channel 18, which would have otherwise been denied to Hong Kong cricket fans.

The cricket World Cup coverage has been a massive undertaking and at times programmes were subject to last-minute changes because of the weather.

While we did our best to accommodate last-minute programme changes to carry the cricket matches live, we could not overlook the interests of other viewers.

Therefore, we had little choice but to carry some of the matches on a taped basis, because of other programming commitments. But cricket fans will be pleased to know that the final on Sunday will be carried live on Channel 18.

I note Mr Ebert's comments on our broadcast of the match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe. He is right to point out that the match was not a live broadcast and we should have blocked out the word 'live' which came with the original signals.

We apologise to Mr Ebert and other viewers for this inadvertent technical error.

GARMEN CHAN External Affairs Director Cable TV