TVB and Galaxy fined $850,000 for violations

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 August, 2005, 12:00am

Broadcaster TVB and sister network Galaxy Satellite Broadcasting were yesterday fined a total of $850,000 for breaching restrictions on programme sharing.

The Broadcasting Authority found the two stations guilty of violating provisions in their licences.

The authority said the fines, the first of their kind imposed on the stations, were imposed because of the importance of the provisions, the severity of the breach and the number of breaches earlier of other provisions.

The ruling related to TVB supplying content for six channels to Galaxy. Under their licensing conditions the two stations cannot carry any programme produced by the other within 12 months of initial broadcast.

They are also prohibited from sharing exclusive programmes without open tender, or carrying non-exclusive content of the other without offering the programmes to other stations on equally favourable terms.

TVB accepted the ruling and said the findings guided them on how to handle future transactions with Galaxy.

'TVB has acted in good faith with the interest of the public in mind and the belief that its acts ... were in compliance with its licence conditions,' a spokesman said.