Quiz show sets sights on world
Media veteran Robert Chua Wah-peng is to launch a new television quiz show.
The China Entertainment Television (CETV) chairman said he was confident of success even though Hong Kong's two free-to-air broadcasters had decided to scrap their quiz shows.
Asia Television and Television Broadcasts (TVB) plan to discontinue their versions of imported shows - Who Wants to be a Millionaire and The Weakest Link - after ratings dropped.
However, Mr Chua believes his planned show, Everyone Wins, will draw audiences worldwide.
'The new quiz show will be the second best thing I have ever made,' said Mr Chua, who also produces Hong Kong's longest-running television programme, Enjoy Yourself Tonight.
Mr Chua, who has been in the industry for 38 years, said he had signed production agreements with TVB and Media Works - the broadcasting arm of Singapore Press Holdings - and was close to signing a contract with a Europe-based agency to distribute the programme worldwide.
'Our show will not ask simple questions, or kick away the contestants,' he said.
Mr Chua sold a majority stake in his ailing CETV channel to AOL Time Warner in June last year.
After selling the channel, Mr Chua went into the Internet business. He said many of his dotcom projects had been put on hold because of the market crash.