Give English-speaking sports fans a Nicam option

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 April, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 April, 2000, 12:00am

It would be appreciated if someone from Star Sports could explain why two major live sports events at the weekend, the Masters and the Formula One San Marino Grand Prix, were broadcast in Hong Kong only in Mandarin.

I understand that Star TV is targeting its audiences in the mainland and in Taiwan where Mandarin is spoken, but it doesn't make any sense in Hong Kong, where people speak Cantonese.

When I have made inquiries in the past about similar problems with sporting events, I have been advised to use Nicam.

I therefore bought myself an ultra-modern television set with a Nicam system. But with both the grand prix and the golf, I could not use Nicam, because Star Sports did not offer viewers this option.

We still have more golf majors to be held this year, including the British Open, and in the Formula One World Championships there are 14 more races to go.

The next one is the British Grand Prix on Easter Sunday. And then there is the Sydney Olympics.

On behalf of the thousands of non-Mandarin speakers in the SAR, I appeal to Star TV to at least introduce Nicam, so we can get an English commentary.

The Hong Kong Tourist Association and business bodies such as the Hong Kong Trade Development Council should be backing me up on this.

Millions of people visit Hong Kong for business or as tourists and after a busy day, I am sure many of them would welcome the chance to sit in their hotel room and watch an important live sports tournament with an English commentary.